Youth Olympic Games welcomes ice climbing

Following on from its popular appearance in the Olympic Park at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, ice climbing will feature as part of the sports initiation programme at the 2nd edition of the Winter Youth Olympic Games to be held in Lillehammer, Norway, from 12-21 February.

Ice Climbing is part of the Sjoggfest (meaning snow festival and named after the event mascot, Sjogg) located at the Tyrili Climbing Center. The program is designed to encourage visiting athletes and spectators to try out different sports under the guidance of experienced coaches.

The UIAA has worked closely with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the LYOGOC (Lillehammer Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee)  and Tyrili climbing center in defining a specific programme for ice climbing.

With the support of some of the world’s leading ice climbers and experts, the Tyrili climbing center wall will be open to the public from 12-21 February between 12:00 – 20:00 each day.


Reaching for the top in Sochi (Photo: Lukasz Warzecha for UIAA)

The programme features two elements. The first comprises masterclass sessions where three top-level ice climbers will demonstrate their prowess and provide the watching public with an introduction to the sport – its speed, technique, power and different disciplines. The second component of the programme is dedicated to the public who will be able to experience ice climbing for themselves under the guidance and supervision of UIAA experts and volunteers from the 2016 LYOGOC organizing committee.

Following on from the day’s activities, a dedicated entertainment programme featuring live music concerts has been put in place by the LYOGOC. This will take place at the Tryili Center on 14, 16, 18-20 February. On these occasions, special ice climbing initiations may be organized in the evening.

Ice climbing’s appearance in Lillehammer forms part of the UIAA’s commitment to making the sport part of the official Winter Olympic competition programme in 2022.

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