"Lausanne 2020 is an important step towards becoming an elite athlete"

What are the objectives of Swiss Olympic for the athletes selected for the Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games ?

Corinne Staub, Chef de mission YOG, Swiss Olympic : The main objective of Swiss Olympic is to provide athletes and coaches with the best possible conditions to perform during the Games. As the host country, we are very pleased to participate and to have a great team that will represent Switzerland. However, for Swiss Olympic, winning a medal is not the most important thing. The Youth Olympic Games are first and foremost an opportunity for young athletes to gain valuable experience and allow them to propel their careers.


What will the athletes experience during the Games ?

CS : Athletes will have many incredible new experiences. For many, it will be their first time participating to such a major international event. Their competitions are often limited to their own discipline. At the YOG, they will live in a village together with 1,800 other athletes coming from 70 different countries and 8 different disciplines. Participating to the Olympic Games is an extraordinary experience and will inspire the athletes to push further, whether they are juniors or elite seniors. They will also learn to be ready for high pressure situations and challenge their skills.


How does the Lausanne 2020 YOG fit into an athlete's career plan ?

CS : The main objective of Swiss Olympic is to provide athletes and coaches with the best possible conditions to perform during the Games. As the host country, we are very pleased to participate and to have a great team that will represent Switzerland. However, for Swiss Olympic, winning a medal is not the most important thing. The Youth Olympic Games are first and foremost an opportunity for young athletes to gain valuable experience and allow them to propel their careers.


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