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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

as well as a mixed-NOC doubles tournament, featuringone male and one female competitor from differentcountries playing together on the same team.FIGURE SKATINGIn addition to the men's and women'ssingles, pairs and ice dance events,there will also be a mixed-NOC teamevent with one woman (singles), oneman (singles) and one ice dance couple, all fromdifferent countries, forming a team.FREESTYLE SKIINGSki halfpipe will make its Olympicdebut, with both men's and women'scompetitions, while men and womenwill also both compete in ski cross.ICE HOCKEYThe men's and women's tournamentswill each feature five teams. For thefirst time in Olympic history, there willalso be an Individual Skills Challengeevent for male and female players. LUGEIn addition to singles competitions formen and women and a doubles race,there will be a mixed-team relay. In this event, teams are formed of oneman, one woman and one doubles pair. Mixed-NOCteams comprising athletes from two different nations will also be permitted.40OLYMPIC REVIEWNORDIC COMBINEDMen will compete in the Nordiccombined competition, whichcomprises both ski jumping and cross-country skiing.SHORT TRACK SPEEDSKATINGMen and women will compete in 500mand 1000m races, while there will also be a mixed-NOC relay, whereteams will consist of two women andtwo men from different countries.SKELETONThe skeleton competition will feature individual events for both men and women.SKI JUMPINGFor the first time in Olympic history,there will be an individual ski jumpingevent for women alongside the men'sindividual event. In another Olympicfirst, there will be a team competition for one man,one woman and one Nordic combined athlete from the same country.SNOWBOARDSlopestyle will make its Olympic debut with competitions for both men and women, while there will also be men's and women's halfpipe competitions.SPEED SKATINGMen and women will compete over500m, 1500m and 3000m, while therewill also be a mass start race for both men and women. ?Left and right Competitions will take place in allseven sports on the Winter Games programme