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Speaking to IOC Young Reporter Sonali Prasad, she said: "I am very glad to have had the opportunity to visit the Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck. I will go home with a broader knowledge of what the YOG is about and how it can be executed."Karette Wang Sandbu, a member of the Norwegian National Olympic Committee, was in Innsbruck as one of four "secondees" working alongside the Innsbruck Organising Committee. Assisting with media operations for the Culture and Education Programme, she said to Prasad: "We learned a lot. It is just a matter of getting the perspective of how to host such an event based on youth. Lillehammer and Norway have great experience in hosting the Olympic Games as well as other big events, but of course the YOG are different.As the Olympic flag was passed from Innsbruck to Lillehammer at the Closing Ceremony of the first Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in January, a strong delegation from the Norwegian host city for the second Winter YOG, there to observe, work and report back with recommendations and suggestions, looked on from the crowd.The Youth Olympic flame will go to Lillehammer on 26 February 2016 for 10 days of high-level sporting competition alongside an exciting Culture and Education Programme (CEP); 22 years after the Olympic flame last lit up the Norwegian city during the Olympic Winter Games in 1994.Siri Hatlen, Chairman of the soon-to-be-formed Organising Committee for the Lillehammer Games, was in Innsbruck to witness the event as part of the 15-strong Observer Programme.Exactly 8,606 kilometres from Innsbruck, Austria, where the first Winter Youth Olympic Games came to a close in January, the city of Nanjing, China, is coming alive with its preparations for the second Summer Youth Olympic Games which will be held in 2014. There was no better way to demonstrate the excitement in the city than with the 1,000 days-to-go celebrations that took place last November.The whole city shared in the spirit of the Youth Olympic Games by getting involved in a series of "YOG-tastic" events, including a cultural festival and the unveiling of the Games' slogan, "Share the Games, Share our Dreams". IOC President Jacques Rogge sent a letter that was read out at a ceremony to unveil the slogan, praising it for conveying the spirit of the 2014 Nanjing Games to the world.Members of the public voted on the slogan from six initial choices, and it will now be promoted around the world in the six official languages of the United Nations. In addition, young people were invited to take part in "fun runs" held in Nanjing and other major cities such as Shenzhen, Chongqing and Beijing, to celebrate and show their support for the YOG.LILLEHAMMER INSPIRED BY INNSBRUCK 2012 SUCCESSEXCITEMENT BUILDS FOR NANJING 2014"Lillehammer is quite a small city. It is definitely not feasible to do a 'copy-paste' of the Innsbruck Games. There is always a need to adapt to the culture of the city in which the Games are held. But what we are definitely taking home is the inspiration, the vibe and the spirit of the YOG DNA," Wang Sandbu added."We are excited to be going back to Lillehammer, which hosted unforgettable Winter Games in 1994," said IOC President Jacques Rogge. "The city, the government and Norwegian National Olympic Committee have shown a great desire and commitment to hosting these Games, and we are confident that Lillehammer will provide a world-class event."Below The Lillehammer mayor receives the Olympic flagAbove Nanjing prepares for the YOG18 OLYMPIC REVIEW

NEWS IN BRIEFSkiing boost from Mongolian NOCThe Mongolian NOC, in collaboration with the Mongolian Ski Federation, has offered 400 sets of skis to 10 provinces with winter sports facilities and sports committees. NOC Vice-President Ts. Damdin and D. Surenkhorloo, Secretary General of the Ski Federation expressed their wish to discover new talents for the 2014 and 2018 Games.Sport and Social Responsibility awardsThe President of the Malaysian NOC and IOC member, HRH Prince Tunku Imran, presented the IOC 2011 Sport and Social Responsibility trophy to Abu Bakar Mohd Nor, a member of the Administration Board of the Saujana Golf & Country Club. The Slovenian NOC, whose President is Janez Kocijancic, awarded the 2011 IOC Sport and Social Responsibility trophy to cross-country skier Petra Majdic.The NOC of Brazil, whose President is IOC member Carlos Arthur Nuzman, has unveiled two new sculptures from its art collection. The works, entitled "Olympic Cow" and "Fighter of Xian", will be exhibited in the NOC's future Olympic museum. The first piece was created by Brazilian plastics artist Leandro Silva, while the second was specially created for the Beijing 2008 Games and later given to the NOC.Over 600 medallists, officials and guests celebrated the 60th anniversary of the NOC of Hong Kong in December. Commemorative medals were presented to the medal winners of the Olympic, Asian, East Asian, Commonwealth and National Games, while Hong Kong's very first Olympic champion, windsurfer Lee Lai Shan, spoke on behalf of all the athletes. The clothing collection of the Czech Olympic team has been unveiled. Modelled by rower Ondrej Synek, a medal hopeful for London 2012, the collection was inspired by a painting by Czech artist Frantisek Kupka called "Amorpha - Fugue in Two Colours", which "celebrates its centennial anniversary in 2012 and is dominated by Czech national colours", said Czech NOC President Milan Jirásek.BRAZILIAN NOC ADDS TO COLLECTIONRight Celebrations in Hong KongBelow Models showcase the collectionHONG KONG NOC MARKS 60TH YEARAbove "Olympic Cow" will appear in the Brazilian NOC's museumCZECH NOC HITS THE CATWALKOLYMPIC REVIEW 19