The IOA at the 2016 Lillehammer Winter YOG

The International Olympic Academy has an active presence at the 2nd Winter Youth Olympic Games, which are taking place in Lillehammer, Norway. Within the framework of the Learn & Share Program the IOΑ is hosting its activities in a joint booth with the International Olympic Truce Centre. The two organisations are running their educational activities for 2 days (13-14/2) in Hamar and between 15 and 21 February at the Håkons Hall, in the Youth Olympic Village in Lillehammer.

The Learn & Share is a multiple educational program through which the sport is blended with culture and education in order for the young athletes to be inspired, “go beyond and create tomorrow”, according to the motto of the Lillehammer Games.

Ιn this celebration of sport, the 1100 young athletes of 71 nations, in their free time, have the chance, through interactive programs, to cultivate their skills. The IOA has the pleasure to participate in this event by presenting an innovative educational program.

Through its program “Discovering the Olympic Movement and its Values” the IOA aims to raise awareness about the Olympic Movement’s history, philosophy, values and ideals and encourage the young athletes to spread the Olympic principles to their communities.

Using an original interactive Olympic education tool on touch screens, the young athletes, as well as their coaches, the team officials and the public of Lillehammer discover the Olympic history and its roots in Ancient Greece in an engaging way through knowledge games and various activities and they approach Olympism as a philosophy of life.

This is the fourth time that the International Olympic Academy has been participating in the Culture and Education Program of the Youth Olympic Games within the framework of its mission and its educational role to spread Olympism and the Olympic values worldwide.