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KÜHTAI(FREESTYLE SKI HALFPIPE,FREESTYLE SKIING SKI CROSS,SNOWBOARD HALFPIPE,SNOWBOARD SLOPESTYLE)Lying 2,020m above sea level,Kühtai is the highest winter resort in Austria. Situated only 30km fromInnsbruck, Kühtai's K-Park -Austria's biggest cross-park - willstage the freestyle ski cross, ski halfpipe, snowboardslopestyle and snowboard halfpipe events during the 2012 Winter YOG.OLYMPIAWORLD INNSBRUCK(FIGURE SKATING, SPEED SKATING,SHORT TRACK SPEED SKATING,ICE HOCKEY)The Olympiahalle, the Tyrolean IceArena, the Tivoli Stadium, the TyrolSports Centre and the OlympicSliding Centre Innsbruck all mergedin 2004 to form the OlympiaworldInnsbruck complex. As well as being used during the1964 and 1976 Winter Games, the multi-purposevenues have welcomed international pop stars andhosted major events such as UEFA Euro 2008 and the2005 Ice Hockey World Championships. During theWinter YOG, figure skaters, short track skaters and icehockey players will battle it out in the Olympiahalle,while the nearby open-air Olympic Speed Skating Ovalwill host the finals of the speed skating competition.Olympiaworld Innsbruck will also serve as the MainMedia Centre during the Games.OLYMPIC SLIDING CENTREINNSBRUCK(LUGE, SKELETON, BOBSLEIGH)First constructed for the 1964Winter Games, with two individualartificial ice tracks, the OlympicSliding Centre Innsbruck - at thefoot of the Patscherkofel mountain -was completely renovated for the 1976 WinterGames, when the separate tracks were removed andreplaced with a single combined ice track. This meantthat, for the first time, the bobsleigh, luge andskeleton competitions could all be held on the samecourse. The venue now plays host to World Cupevents for all three disciplines each year.PATSCHERKOFEL(ALPINE SKIING)The Patscherkofel mountain - whichwill host all the Alpine skiing eventsduring Innsbruck 2012 - rises to aheight of 2,246m above sea leveland features a 4km-long cable car,which can travel at speeds of up to seven metres persecond, meaning it takes just 15 minutes to travel tothe upper lift station. As the venue for the men'sdownhill at both the 1964 and 1976 Winter Games,Patscherkofel is already steeped in Olympic history,with Austrian heroes Egon Zimmermann and FranzKlammer winning gold in 1964 and 1976 respectively.SEEFELD ARENA(SKI JUMPING, BIATHLON, CROSS-COUNTRY, NORDIC COMBINED)The Nordic events at both the 1964and 1976 Winter Games were heldin Seefeld, 20km west of Innsbruck,and the venue will once again beused during the YOG. The SeefeldNordic Centre, which staged the first Nordic Ski WorldChampionships in 1985, features a 266km cross-country trail, two newly built ski jumps and state-of-the-art biathlon facilities. ?44OLYMPIC REVIEWAbove and left Thestunning mountainregions aroundInnsbruck willhost many of theevents during the YOG

OLYMPIC REVIEW45he Olympic Games have always beenabout far more than just sport. From thegracious spirit of its competitors to theartistic and cultural programmes thatembody Pierre de Coubertin's original Olympicvision, the Games are unique. And now the YouthOlympic Games (YOG) is taking those traditions to thenext level through its fun and interactive Culture andEducation Programme (CEP), which will be a keycomponent of the first Winter YOG in Innsbruck in 2012. Designed to complement the elite sportingcompetition at the YOG, the CEP aims to educate and inspire young athletes at the Games andencourage them to be true champions - in sport and in life - by embracing the Olympic values.Through a variety of fun activities, the youngathletes will be able to interact with each other andmake new friends from around the world, whilelearning about global issues and the OlympicMovement, contributing to protecting the environmentand celebrating different cultures and the Olympicvalues. Each of the CEP activities will be based onone of five educational themes: Olympism, socialresponsibility, expression, skills development, orwellbeing and healthy lifestyle. But what does all this mean? That was a questionAustralia's Ramone Cooper - one of the 33 Young ?TTHE CULTURE AND EDUCATION PROGRAMME, WHICHRUNS ALONGSIDE THE SPORTING COMPETITION AT THEWINTER YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES, WILL PROVIDE YOUNGATHLETES IN INNSBRUCK WITH A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE,WHILE TEACHING THEM VALUABLE LIFE LESSONS, AS KIMIYA SHOKOOHIDISCOVERSONTHEBEATRight Feeling therhythm: a YoungAmbassadorenjoys playing anAfrican Djembedrum to connectand communicateat the Septemberbriefing on theYouth OlympicGames