The Winter Youth Olympics 2012 are officially known as I Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG). It is a worldwide multi-sport event exclusively for youths aged between 14-19 years that will take place in Innsbruck, Austria, from 13- 22 January. Over 1100 athletes from 60 different countries are anticipated to participate in Winter Youth Olympics 2012. The Innsbruck city of Austria has become the first ever country to host three Olympic events, earlier having hosted the 1964 Winter Olympics, and the 1976 Winter Olympics.
The Winter Youth Olympics 2012 Opening Ceremony will take place at Bergisel Stadium in Innsbruck. This stadium, 250 meters above the city centre, offers the athletes and officials a unique and wide view of the city of Innsbruck. This ski jumping stadium, designed by Zaha Hadid, is one of the main sporting landmarks. Bergisel Stadium has been hosting competitions since 1927.
Bergisel Stadium has a total capacity to accommodate 28,000 people, and is a master place to host the outstanding Winter Youth Olympics 2012 Opening Ceremony. Bergisel Stadium kick-starts with two live concerts at Maria-Theresien-Strabe giving a third chance tothe Innsbruck city-centre to switch into a major sporting sphere for a whole weekend, during which everyone will have the opportunity to learn and try all the Olympic sports.
The Winter Youth Olympics 2012 Opening Ceremony also has a contest in cooperation with the Austrian Olympic Committee in which the participants get a chance to win a weekend trip for two at the Summer Olympics 2012 in London, along with the entrance tickets for the opening ceremony. During the Winter Youth Olympics 2012 Opening Ceremony, the ex officio of Innsbruck 2012 mascot will be undraped, based on the votes of public in December 2010 for “Mountain Goat” design.