— Published 15 November 2023

The IOC has chosen its model athletes

With the opening of the Games almost two months away, the IOC has unveiled its team of Athlete Role Models for the Gangwon 2024 Youth Winter Games (January 19 to February 1). It includes seventeen names, all Olympians, some of whom have been Olympic champions or medalists. They will act as “mentors” for young participants at the Gangwon Winter YOG in South Korea, “sharing the experience and knowledge they have acquired during their own Olympic careers“. The Athlete Role Model program was introduced at the inaugural Youth Games in Singapore in 2010. In Gangwon next winter, they will be organizing “Inside Sport” sessions, featuring questions and answers, sporting demonstrations and fireside chats. For the 2024 edition, the IOC has selected Jackie Narracott (Australia – skeleton), Won Yun-jong (South Korea – bobsleigh), Jennifer Dodds (Great Britain – curling), Kim Chang-min (South Korea – curling), Eliza Tiruma (Latvia – luge), Sascha Benecken (Germany – luge), Vanessa Hinz (Germany – biathlon), Dominik Windisch (Italy – biathlon), Min Yura (South Korea – figure skating), Michal Brezina (Czech Republic – figure skating), Nao Kodaira (Japan – speed skating), Viktor Polasek (Czech Republic – ski jumping), Carina Vogt (Germany – ski jumping), Han Da Som (South Korea – cross-country skiing), Magnus Boee (Norway – cross-country skiing), Sami Kennedy-Sim (Australia – freestyle skiing), Eric Frenzel (Germany – Nordic combined).