The next generation of snowmen and snowmobiles will twist, twist, and go through the air as the third Winter Olympic Games arrive in Lausanne, Switzerland, January 9-22.
Leading the Lausanne 2020 organizing committee when he is president is the three-time world champion ice winner Virginie Faivre, a leading woman who pushed boundaries and made a big impact on her sport. The 37-year-old retired Swiss athlete competed in an official X Games ski superpipe for women in Aspen, Colorado, in 2005.
Faivre told Powder Magazine: "Since the Olympics arrived in Switzerland a month ago, people have begun to realize that Switzerland is hosting the Olympic Games again," Faivre told Powder Magazine. "It's wonderful to see the enthusiasm."
About 1,880 winter sports athletes – aged between 14-18 and representing 70 countries – will compete in eight sports and 16 training sessions at 81 events.
Faivre, who will compete for Switzerland at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, said: "There is more here for the Olympic Games than a normal competition." It will help teens & youngsters for the rest of their careers. They will learn how to prepare for what's coming up both on and off the field. ”
As a woman leading the efforts of the organizing committee controlled by the International Olympic Committee, Faivre has been accustomed to being a follower.
Faivre said: "When we first arrived at the playground, women were not allowed in the X Games, and we had to fight to get the opportunity for men. We showed that we could do wonderful things to encourage other girls in the age group. 39s to start sports.
"The message is also very strong here to have for the first time the Winter Youth Games for a total of men and women and most of all competing men."
Skiing and snowboarding events will be held at the highlands of Leysin Ski Resort, about 22 miles southwest of Lausanne.
Faivre said, she and her friends will visit the Lausanne brand during the school holidays. "I've always been a big fan of the Olympics – it was in our DNA."
Ski and cross-country skiing, in addition to mountain skiing, new to the Olympic program, will be held in the south at Villars-sur-Ollon. Alpine snowfall occurs near Les Diablerets. Ski jumping, biathlon and events at the Nordic Crossroads are just west of Lausanne, on the French frontier.
Faivre, 2009, 2013, and the worldâ & # x20AC; & # x2122; s ski halfpipe worldâ & # x20AC; & # x2122; s, said her athletes have raised new memories in the days since she and others competed early in the Summer X Games.
Faivre said: "It's amazing to see a sport so fast that I can see these changes." I commented on PyeongChang 2018 Games four years after I competed and it's crazy to see these new levels. I think. even more than women. ”
A number of pilot events have already been planned for the ski and ski resorts this past winter and Faivre, in collaboration with Lausanne 2020 chief executive Ian Logan, confirms that everything is a target for multiple sports.
Undoubtedly, Faivre's work is stirring up a wave of emotions as the Olympic flame is poured into the Pierre de Coubertin Stadium on January 9, the opening of the first Olympic Youth Games in Switzerland.
The previous Winter Olympics Youth Games were held in Innsbruck, Austria in 2012 and Lillehammer, Norway in 2016. Perhaps the most recent Lillehammer YOG graduate is U.S. snowman Chloe Kim. Kim won two gold medals at age 15 in Norway, and is an important step on her path to catch the eye of the world by winning the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Games.
If the success of Kim and the other athletes is a sign, the new winter sports stars will appear on YOG in 14 days. Faivre has high hopes for its bright future for young people & # 39; s snow and ice, and not limited to floors and parks.
"We really want these young people in the Olympic Games for youth, youth and youth," Faivre said. For us, it is important for us to listen to them. They want a better world and we try to make the world a better place for sports. ”
The article originally appeared on Powder.com and reprinted with permission.
To find videos on private devices, popular interviews, and more, subscribe to YouTube!