10th EUROPEAN YOUTH OLYMPIC WINTER FESTIVAL IN LIBEREC
Today I am traveling directly from Berlin to Liberec in the Czech Republic to attend the opening ceremony of the European Youth Olympic Winter Festival (EYOF). For the next week young European athletes will have the amazing opportunity to compete at a high athletic level early in their career and to experience a little "Olympic air".
This festival in Liberec is a true reminder that as a Candidate City it is important that the dreams of young people are a priority and that as the next generation of sports stars, they deserve the best conditions to compete. My trip to the 1st Youth Olympic Games in Singapore last year really reminded me of how thrilling it can be to educate youngsters about the ideals of sport and the Olympic Movement. I am looking forward to the world's 1st Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck next year.