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Austrian Olympic Champion Benjamin Raich congratulates junior star Greta Small on her selection on the 2012 Australia Winter Youth Olympic Team.

To be a champion alpine skier you to need to race on the world’s most challenging slopes, train hard with the best coaches, be extremely determined and learn from the sports greats.

Lucy Glanville is all smiles at the Australian Winter Youth Olympic Team Announcement at Canterbury Ice Rink on October 17, 2011, the day after her 17th birthday.

The average teenager dreams of getting an iPhone or new clothes for their birthday. Lucy Glanville is different to most kids her age. Glanville spends more time on the ski slopes of the world than in the classroom, and it was only appropriate that this cross country skier saw her wildest Winter Olympic dreams realised when she turned 17.

The first Australian athletes selected for the Innsbruck 2012 Winter Youth Olympics gather at the Canterbury Ice Rink in Sydney.

The next Olympics are not in London - they are in Innsbruck, Austria from 13-22 January 2012 and as an emerging force in winter sports Australia will be well represented. Today the Australian Olympic Committee announced the first athletes selected to the 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Team. This exciting new event will see over 1,000 of the world’s best 14-18 year olds contest all winter Olympic sports.

Claudia Leggett compets in ski cross, 2011.

For most teenagers, getting out of bed each day for school is enough of a challenge, but Claudia Leggett is no ordinary teenager.

Luger Alex Ferlazzo in his hometown of Townsville holds his wheeled sled on Mt Stuart.

A chance meeting between two women at a pilates class has paved the way for one of Australia’s newest winter athletes aiming for a spot at the 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck.

Innsbruck’s X-Factor

5 October 2011
Alisa Camplin meets Yoggl in Innsbruck

The 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games are all about snow sports, young athletes and cross-cultural involvement. With 1,100 young stars on skis, snowboards and skates providing the event’s basic anatomy, the International Olympic Committee’s Culture and Education Program generates the pulse of the Youth Olympic movement.

Short track speed skater Mari Deland competes in the 2010 American Cup in Cleveland, Ohio.

When Australia’s short track speed skaters hit the ice in Melbourne on the weekend, the stakes will be high for some of the youngest athletes on the program. Junior skaters born between 1 January 1996 and 31 December 1997 have the chance to impress selectors at the Medibank Ice House ahead of the 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria.

When the International Olympic Committee announced the inclusion of ski halfpipe to the 2014 Winter Olympic Program, Australia sat up and took notice – and for good reason.

Greta Small competes in the Super G at the 2011 Winter Games NZ at Mt Hutt in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Winter Youth Olympic Games hopeful Greta Small has continued her blistering form at the Australia New Zealand Cup. Small, a fifteen-year-old alpine skier from Wangaratta, Victoria, collected the overall open title after placing in the top five in all four alpine events.

Lucy Glanville competes in a cross country ski event in falls creek.

In the endurance sport of cross country skiing, athletes must be prepared to tackle the elements and face the unexpected. When Australia’s young cross country athletes line up for the inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games (WYOG) in Austria in January 2012, they will be primed for the challenge.