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Photo: Lillehammer 2016
70 young IBSF athletes take part – Monobob celebrates Olympic premiere

The 2016 Youth Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer are underway. The YOG competitions in bobsleigh and skeleton will take place on the Olympic track of 1994 close to the city. With OMEGA IBSF Youth Qualification Series, 15 female and 15 male athletes from 16 nations (AUT, BRA, CAN, CRO, ESP, GBR, GER, JAM, KOR, LIE, NOR, ROU, RUS, SUI, SVK, USA) in Monobob and 20 girls and 20 boys from 18 countries (AUT, BRA, CAN, FRA, GBR, GER, JPN, KOR, LAT, NED, NOR, ROU, RUS, SUI, SWE, TPE, UKR, USA) in the sport of skeleton, respectively, qualified for the Youth Olympic competitions.

Meet the IBSF YOG athletes

YOG Monobob athletes

YOG skeleton athletes

Monobob is new in the Olympic schedule. For the first time in Olympic history, the bobsleigh athletes do not compete as a team of two or four, but push, pilot and brake the sled on their own. The sleds are identical and distributed to the teams by random draw. Following the sled allocation, four individual runners will be selected by the athletes using the sled to make a set. The chosen runners will be used with the allocated sled for the duration of the event, but after the first of two runs, the leading athlete trades the sled with the one on rank 15, the athlete ranked second trades with rank 14 etc. to guarantee equivalent opportunities regarding equipment.

The YOG schedule (all times CET):

Skeleton: Friday, February 19, 2016, Lillehammer Olympic Sliding Center

9 am - 11.30 am: Skeleton | Women

9 am - 12.10 pm: Skeleton | Men

Monobob: Saturday, February 20, 2016, Lillehammer Olympic Sliding Center

10 am – 12 noon: Bobsleigh | Monobob Women

2 pm – 4 pm: Bobsleigh | Monobob Men

For more information on the Youth Olympic Games, please visit: or ©RWH2015-2016

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