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OLYMPIC REVIEW39he inaugural Winter Youth OlympicGames (YOG) will see over 1,000 eliteyoung athletes from all over the worldcompeting in the seven sports thatcurrently make up the Olympic Winter Gamesprogramme. While not featuring as many disciplinesand events as the Winter Games, the Winter YOG willinclude a number of exciting adaptations of traditionalformats, such as mixed gender events and those inwhich athletes from different National OlympicCommittees (NOCs) compete on the same team.Innsbruck 2012 will also see women's ski jumpingmake its debut on the Olympic programme, alongsidesnowboard slopestyle and ski halfpipe events for bothmen and women, all of which will feature at theWinter Games for the first time in Sochi in 2014.Exciting new events, such as the ice hockey skillschallenge, will also debut in Innsbruck.BelowFigureSkating willfeature anexciting newmixed-NOC team eventALPINE SKIINGYoung athletes will compete in slalom,giant slalom, super-G, combined and a new parallel team event, which willsee two male and two female skiersfrom the same country join forces to take on theiropponents in head-to-head duels.BIATHLONThere will be three biathlon eventseach for men and women: a 7.5kmsprint for men and a 6km sprint forwomen; a 10km pursuit race for menand a 7.5km pursuit race for women; and a mixedgender relay with two men (each 7.5km) and two women (each 6km).BOBSLEIGHThe bobsleigh will consist of a two-man event and a two-womanevent held on the artificial ice track in Innsbruck-Igls.CROSS-COUNTRY SKIINGThere will be a women's sprint (freetechnique) and a women's 5km race(classic technique), while the men willcompete in a sprint event and a 10kmrace. For the first time there will also be a mixedcross-country/biathlon team relay, which willcombine cross-country skiing (free technique) withrifle marksmanship. The relay teams will consist of four athletes: one woman and one man from both cross-country skiing and biathlon.CURLINGThere will be a mixed-gendercompetition featuring teamscomprising two male and two femalecompetitors from the same country, ?T