The second Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG) concluded last Sunday in Norway. The YOG, a sporting events for the best young athletes from the ages of 15 to 18, were hosted from February 12th to 21st 2016 in Lillehammer. The Games saw 1,100 athletes from 70 countries participating in 15 disciplines.
Canada won a total of 6 medals in Alpine Skiing (Silver), Curling (Gold), Ski Cross (Gold), Hockey (Silver) and Luge (Gold and Bronze). Ali Nullmeyer won Silver in Slalom and Reece Howden won Gold in Ski Cross.
KAT athlete Zoe Chore finished 6th in Ski Cross after a strong start, winning 4 out of 5 qualification rounds for the semi-finales, before finishing 3rd in the semifinals. With her 3rd place, Zoe moved on to the small final where she came second, ranking her in 6th place for the event.
Part of a 1 Spanish, 3 Canadians team, made up of two women, two men, and two skiers, two boarders, Zoe and her teammates finished first in the quarter and semifinal and 4th in the final in Team Ski-snowboard Cross.
Created in 2007, Lillehammer 2016 is the fourth Youth Olympic Games, following Singapore (Summer YOG 2010), Innsbruck (Winter YOG 2012) and Nanjing (Summer YOG 2014). The 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games will be held in Buenos Aires, Brazil and the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games, will be hosted in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Videos of the ski alpine and ski cross races:
- Freestyle Skiing – Ski Cross – Full Replay
- 00:02:15 First mention and footage of Zoe Chore
- 00:03:45 First heat for Zoe Chore – False start
- 00:06:30 First heat for Zoe Chore – Second start
- 00:29:45 Second heat for Zoe Chore
- 00:47:05 Third heat for Zoe Chore
- 01:04:35 Fourth heat for Zoe Chore
- 01:20:00 Fifth heat for Zoe Chore
- 01:44:40 Semifinal 2
- 01:58:45 Small final
- Super-G – Nadine Fest (AUT) wins Ladies’ gold
- Super-G – River Radamus (USA) wins Men’s gold
- Alpine Combined – Aline Danioth (SUI) wins Ladies’ gold
- Alpine Combined – River Radamus (USA) wins Men’s gold
- Giant Slalom – Melanie Meillard (SUI) wins Ladies’ gold
- Giant Slalom – River Radamus (USA) wins Men’s gold
- Slalom – Aline Danioth (SUI) wins Ladies’ gold
- Slalom – Manuel Traninger (AUT) wins Men’s Gold
- Alpine Skiing Parallel Mixed Team – Germany win gold
- Ski Cross – Talina Gantenbein (SUI) wins Ladies’ gold
- Ski Cross – Reece Howden (CAN) wins Men’s gold
- Ski-Snowboard Cross – Germany win gold