Lausanne (RWH) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced the Gangwon 2024 Athlete Role Models (ARMs) for the fourth edition of Winter Youth Olympic Games taking place from January 19 to February 1, 2024 in Gangwon/KOR.
For the International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation IBSF, two Olympic silver medalists take over the role as ARMs: Australian skeleton athlete Jaclyn Narracott won silver at the 2022 Winter Games in Yanqing/CHN. Korean native Yunjong Won was 2018 Olympic silver medalist in 4-man bobsleigh at the PyeongChang Winter Games.
With winning Olympic silver at the Yanqing Sliding Center, Jaclyn „Jackie“ Narracott became the first Australian to win an Olympic medal in the sport of skeleton. The 32-year-old also made the history books prior the Olympics, at the 2021-2022 BMW IBSF World Cup finals in St Moritz (SUI). Back then, she became Australia’s first female skeleton athlete to top the podium at a World Cup event.
Before his 4-man bobsleigh Olympic silver medal in front of a home crowd at the 2018 Winter Games, former bobsleigh pilot Yunjong Won also won the 2016 Overall World Cup in 2-man bobsleigh. The 38-year-old also chairs the Gangwon 2024 Athletes' Commission and is member of the IBSF Athlete’s Committee.
The YOG ARMs will engage and share their experiences with the athletes in the Youth Olympic Village, at training and competition venues, and during a series of educational activities and workshops. These activities will focus on a range of areas, including Olympic Solidarity, skills development, career management, injury prevention and integrity. The competitions in Skeleton and Monobob will take place at the Alpensia Sliding Center of PyeongChang, that was also venue oft he Olympic races in 2018. ©RWH2023