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Lindsey Vonn becomes first Winter Youth Olympic Games ambassador

04-07-2011 15:39 BJT

American skier and Olympic champion Lindsey Vonn has became the first ever Winter Youth Olympic Games ambassador, announced the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Wednesday.

Vonn, 26, is the reigning Olympic downhill champion and has won three consecutive overall World Cup and downhill championships.

Now, she is looking forward to encourage young people all around the world to become more active in sport after taking the role as ambassador for the Innsbruck Youth Olympic Games which will take place from January 13 to 22 next year.

"I know the importance of strong role models," said Vonn. "When I first met my hero, Picabo Street, it was a huge thrill and an unforgettable moment for me. She inspired me to become what I am today. If I can have even half that effect on some of the young athletes I come into contact with, it will be worth it."

"Lindsey is not only a great champion," IOC President Jacque Rogge commented. "She has a great personality, a warm heart and she knows what it means to give the best of yourself in whatever you do. She is sure to have a positive and lasting impact on the young people she interacts with."

Innsbruck 2012 will attract over 1,000 athletes between the ages of 15 and 18 from roughly 70 countries and regions. In addition to competing in their sports events, the athletes will participate in a Culture and Education Programme.

Editor:Sun Luying |Source: Xinhua

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