Lillehammer 2016

Lillehammer 2016

The second Winter Youth Olympic Games will be hosted in the Norwegian city of Lillehammer from February 12-21, 2016. One of Scandinavia’s finest winter sports locations, Lillehammer was also the host of the 1994 Winter Olympic Games where Australia celebrated its first Winter Olympic medal. The men’s short track speed skating relay team of Steven Bradbury, Richard Nizielski, Andrew Murtha and Kieran Hansen won bronze, with reserve John Kah also part of the team. Learn more about Lillehammer 1994 here>>> 

Lillehammer is still renowned for having some of the best venues in Olympic history. These venues will host the majority of events at the 2016 WYOG. There are seven sports on the 2016 program and a wide range of disciplines including women’s ski jumping and slopestyle which were introduced for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

Hot off the heels of Sochi, Lillehammer is just the second ever WYOG following the inaugural Games in Innsbruck, Austria in January, 2012.

The Lillehammer Organising Committee endeavours to create a WYOG that builds on the Innsbruck experience and also ties in aspects of the 1994 Winter Olympic Games. They are involving many young people from Lillehammer in their planning and delivery of the Games.

Like Innsbruck and the past two summer Youth Olympic Games (Singapore 2010 and Nanjing 2014), a Culture and Education Program (CEP) will form an important part of the Games experience for athletes. The CEP activities are aimed at integrating young people with the Olympic values and culture and will be run out of the Athlete’s Village- one of the few new venues built for Lillehammer 2016.

Australian Team

The Australian Olympic Committee will send a team of 17 athletes to Lillehammer. Australia will be repesented in the following disciplines: alpine skiing, biathlon, cross country skiing, figure skating, freestyle skiing (ski cross, halfpipe, slopestyle), ice hockey (individual skills), luge, short track speed skating and snowboard (cross , freestyle).

Ian Chesterman, who has led Australia at the past five Winter Olympics, will lead the Team as Chef de Mission in Lillehammer. Two-time Olympic aerial skiing medallist and former world champion Alisa Camplin stepped down from the role for family reasons. Camplin was the Chef at Innsbruck in 2012 and set the framework for a fantastic team culture for the 2016 Team. Ian is pleased to be able to step-in and help Australia's future champions and ambassadors for winter sports and the Olympic Games.

The City

Lillehammer is a modern town with medieval skiing roots- its coat of arms features a Viking on skis. The Lillehammer region, which comprises the southern and middle part of the Gudbrandsdalen Valley, lies approximately 180 kilometres north of Oslo. The town of Lillehammer has a population of around 26,000 and an average temperature of minus 6 to minus 12 degrees Celsius in February. 
One of Lillehammer’s most iconic natural features is Lake Mjøsa - the largest lake in Norway. 

The Venues

One of the main principles of the Youth Olympic Games is to use existing sporting venues. It will be fantastic for the athletes at Lillehammer 2016 as eight venues from the Lillehammer 1994 Olympic Games, will be utilised:

  • Birkebeineren Ski Stadium, Lillehammer
  • Lillehammer Olympic Bobsleigh and Luge Track, Hunderfossen
  • Kristin’s Hall, Lillehammer
  • Lysgårdsbakkene Ski Jumping Hills, Lillehammer
  • Hafjell Alpine Ski Resort
  • Gjøvik Olympic Cavern Hall, Gjøvik
  • Hamar Olympic Amphitheatre, Hamar
  • The Viking Ship Olympic Arena, Hamar

The Lillehammer Curling Hall is the one new venue to be be used for the Youth Olympic Games. It is in Lillehammer and was opened in 2012. 

Media

Galleries

Videos

How to follow the Aussies

The best way to get the Australian results and behind the scenes content is via the @AUSOlympicTeam Twitter and Facebook pages.

All the news, videos and galleries are published on olympics.com.au/lillehammer2016

On social media, be a part of the biggest YOG work of art using #iLoveYOG on any of your posts about the Youth Olympics.

Complete results will be available on the YOG 2016 App.

When the Australians are competing is updated with results below. 

VIDEO

For the first time at a winter Youth Olympic Games, there will be some live and on-demand video coverage via the IOC YouTube page. There will be one sport a day, and aiming to cover 50 of the 70 gold medals. There will also be video of the festivals happening around Lillehammer, showcasing some of the biggest names in music, arts and culture.  

See the sport broadcast schedule here >>> 

All Australian content will be shared via the @AUSOlympicTeam channels and distributed to media in Australia. 

For the first time in Olympic history virtual reality coverage is also available via Samsung VR headsets

#GoAUS #iLoveYOG #Lillehammer2016

AUS Schedule / Results

Lillehammer general promo

Day 2 (first full day of comp) – Sat 13 FEB

Cross Country Skiing - Men’s/Ladies’ Cross Country Cross
Qualification: 9:30-10:25 (7:30pm-8:25pm AEDT), Finals: 11:10-12:20 (9:10pm-10:20pm AEDT)
Athletes: Liam Burton and Lilly Boland

Alpine Skiing – Super G
Ladies’ -10:30-11:40 (8:30pm-9:40pm AEDT)
Men’s - 12:00-1:20pm (10:00pm-11:20pm)
Athletes: Katie Parker and Louis Muhlen

Ice Hockey Skills Challenge
1:00pm-4:00pm (11:00pm-2:00am AEDT)
Athletes: Jake Riley and Madison Poole

Day 3 – SUN 14 FEB

Alpine Skiing – Super Combined
Ladies’ – Super G - 10:00am-11:00am (8:00pm-9:00pm AEDT) Slalom 1:45pm-2:20pm (11:45pm-12:20am)
Men’s – Super G - 11:00am-12:00pm (9:00pm-10:00pm) Slalom – 2:30pm-3:30pm (12:30am-1:30am)
Athletes: Katie Parker and Louis Muhlen

Short Track Speed Skating 1000m
Heats - 12:00pm-12:40pm (10:00pm-10:40pm AEDT), Semis 1:00pm-1:40pm (11:00pm-11:40pm AEDT) 2:00pm-2:40pm (12:00am-12:40am AEDT)
Athlete: Julia Moore

Biathlon Sprint
Men’s - 12:15pm-1:00pm (10:15pm-11:00pm AEDT)
Ladies’ - 14:45-15:30 (12:45am-1:30am AEDT)
Athletes: Darcie Morton and Jethro Mahon

Ice Hockey Skills Challenge
1:00pm-2:55pm (11:00pm-12:55am AEDT) 
Athletes: Madison Poole

Snowboard Halfpipe
Ladies’ – 9:10am-10:10am (7:10pm-8:10pm AEDT)
Athletes: Emily Arthur and Mahalah Mullins

Ski Halfpipe
Men’s – 2:40pm-3:40pm (12:40am-1:40am AEDT)
Athlete: Cameron Waddell

Day 4 - MON 15 FEB

Snowboard Cross
Qualification: 9:00-9:55 (7:00pm-7:55pm AEDT), Heats - 10:10am-11:25am (8:10pm-9:25pm AEDT), Semis and Finals - 11:35am-11:55am (9:35pm-9:55pm AEDT)
Athletes: Alex Dickson and Mollie Fernandez

Luge Women’s singles  
10:00am-12:00pm
Athletes: Beth Slade

Biathlon Pursuit
Men’s - 11:00am-11:45am (9:00pm-9:45pm AEDT)
Ladies’ - 1:15pm-2:00pm (11:15pm-12:00am AEDT)
Athletes: Darcie Morton and Jethro Mahon

Ice Hockey Skills Challenge
1:00pm-2:55pm (11:00pm-12:55am AEDT)
Athletes: Jake Riley

Ski Cross
Qualification: 1:20pm-1:50pm (11:20pm-11:50pm AEDT), Heats - 2:00pm-3:15pm (12:00am-1:15am AEDT), Semis and Finals - 3:25pm-3:45pm (1:25am-1:45am AEDT)
Athletes: Doug Crawford and Zali Offord


Day 5 - TUES 16 FEB

Cross Country Skiing - Men’s/Ladies’ Sprint
Qualification: 9:30am-10:05am (7:30pm-8:05pm AEDT), Finals: 10:45am-12:25pm (8:45pm-10:25pm AEDT)
Athletes: Liam Burton and Lilly Boland

Team Ski-Snowboard Cross
Qualification: 10:00am-11:20am (8:00pm-9:20pm AEDT), Finals: 12:00pm-1:00pm (10:00pm-11:00pm AEDT)
Athletes: Doug Crawford, Zali Offord, Alex Dickson and Mollie Fernandez

Short Track Speed Skating 500m
Heats - 10:00am-10:30am (8:00pm-8:30pm AEDT), Semis 10:50am-11:20am (8:50pm-9:20pm AEDT) 11:40am-11:55am (9:40pm-9:55pm AEDT)
Athlete: Julia Moore

Alpine Skiing – Ladies’ Giant Slalom
Run 1 - 10:00am-10:45am (8:00pm-8:45pm AEDT), Run 2 - 12:30pm-1:15pm (10:30pm-11:15pm AEDT)
Athletes: Katie Parker

Ice Hockey Skills Challenge
8:00pm-9:50pm (6:00am-7:50am)
Athletes: Madison Poole

(More to follow)

Selected Athletes

The Australian Olympic Committee will send a team of 17 athletes to Lillehammer. Australia will be repesented in the following disciplines: alpine skiing, biathlon, cross country skiing, figure skating, freestyle skiing (ski cross, halfpipe, slopestyle), ice hockey (individual skills), luge, short track speed skating and snowboard (cross , freestyle).

Congratulations to the selected athletes below.


Alpine Skiing

Louis Muhlen (17, Melbourne) - Bio>>>
Katie Parker (17, Melbourne) - Bio>>>

Biathlon

Jethro Mahon (17, Kew East, VIC) - Bio>>>
Darcie Morton (16, East Gippsland, VIC) - Bio>>>

Cross Country

Liam Burton (17, Jindabyne, NSW) - Bio>>>
Lilly Boland (16, Ulladulla, NSW) - Bio>>>

Ice Hockey (skills challenge) 

Madison Poole (15, Perth, WA) - Bio>>>
Jake Riley (15, Adelaide, SA) - Bio>>>

Freestyle Skiing

Cameron Waddell - Halfpipe and Slopestyle (16, Jindabyne, NSW) Bio>>>
Doug Crawford - Ski Cross (17, Mansfield, VIC) Bio>>>
Zali Offord - Ski Cross (17, Helensburgh, NSW) - Bio>>>

Luge

Beth Slade (15, Caves Beach, NSW) - Bio>>>

Short Track Speed Skating

Julia Moore (17, Melbourne, VIC) - Bio>>>

Snowboard Cross

Alex Dickson  (17, Avonside, NSW) - Bio>>>
Mollie Fernandez (17, Geelong, VIC) - Bio>>>

Snowboard Freestyle

Emily Arthur (16, Sydney, NSW) - Bio>>>
Mahalah Mullins (17, Albury, NSW) - Bio>>>