Muirhead & Kapp Role Models for Innsbruck 2012

Eve Muirhead (GB) and Uli Kapp (Germany) Photo: WCF/Richard Gray
Uli Kapp and Eve Muirhead in action

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced the list of Athlete Role Models for the inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games taking place from 13 to 22 January in Innsbruck, Austria.

The list features a number of star athletes nominated by the International Federations taking part in the Winter Youth Olympic Games and members of the IOC Athletes’ Commission, led by Chairman and Olympic sprinter Frank Fredericks. Eve Muirhead (GBR) and Ulrich 'Uli' Kapp (GER) are the World Curling Federation nominees.

“The International Federations have selected a fantastic collection of great athletes, who inspire not only on the field of play but off it as well,” said Fredericks. “I am looking forward to joining them in Innsbruck next year, where I’m sure the young athletes will learn a great deal from them about what it takes to be at the top and how to live by the Olympic values.”

Eve Muirhead, from Pitlochry in Scotland, is a four-time World Junior Women’s curling champion and 2010 World and European silver medallist. A full time athlete, at the age of 19, Muirhead skipped the Great Britain women’s team at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. She is also an accomplished bagpiper and golfer.

“It’s a great honour to be able to represent the sport of curling in this way,” said Muirhead. “The first ever Winter Youth Olympic Games will be a terrific opportunity for young athletes from around the world to experience the thrill of an Olympic event and to take part in a rich cultural and sporting exchange with each other.”

Uli Kapp, from Frasdorf in Germany, has competed for his country at two Olympic Winter Games (1998 Nagano and 2006 Turin). He is a two-time World Men’s Curling Championship silver medallist and three-time European men’s champion. While retired from competitive curling, 40 year old Kapp is still actively involved in sport and curling through his media and marketing consultancy work.

“Being an Athlete Role Model for the Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck is a great opportunity for me to give something back to sport,” said Kapp. “Competing at an Olympics is every athlete’s dream. The Youth Olympic Games will be a life-changing experience for the athletes taking part as they learn what it is like to compete at an international level and the all the skills it takes to be a champion.”

This will be the second time Athlete Role Models (ARMs) will take part in a Youth Olympic Games following their successful and well-received debut at the inaugural Summer Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in 2010. The ARMs will spend time with the athletes, answering their questions and providing tips on everything from healthy eating to training regimens. The ARMs will also participate alongside the athletes in the Culture and Education Programme, which will focus on Olympism and the Olympic values, skills development, well-being and healthy lifestyles, social responsibility and expression through digital media.

The ARMs will attend the competitions, visit the Youth Olympic Village and feature in “Meet the Role Models” forums designed to inspire and educate the participants with personal accounts of their own dreams and experiences, and the challenges they have overcome. In addition, a dedicated Athlete Role Model lounge in the Youth Olympic Village will be available for the young athletes to drop in and ask questions first-hand to their icons.

At Innsbruck 2012, which will celebrate its 100-day countdown on 5 October, several new disciplines will be seen for the first time at an Olympic event, such as mixed doubles curling, snowboard slopestype, ski half-pipe and ice hockey skills challenge. Also integrated into the sports programme for the first time is women’s ski jumping, the winner of which will be awarded the first Winter Youth Olympic Games medal.

The list of Athlete Role Models for the event:
Nordic Combined - Samppa Lajunen (FIN)
Cross Country - Petra Majdic (SLO)
Alpine Skiing - Marco Büchel (LIE)
Freestyle Ski - Shannon Bahrke Happe (USA)
Snowboard - Nicola Thost (GER)
Ski Jump - Andreas Küttel (SUI)
Biathlon - Vincent Defrasne (FRA)
Ice Hockey - Jennifer Botterill (CAN)
Bobsleigh - Ivo Rueegg (SUI)
Skeleton - Kerstin Szymkowiak (GER)
Luge - Alexander Resch (GER)
Figure Skating - Stéphane Lambiel (SUI)
Speed Skating - Jeremy Wotherspoon (CAN)
Curling - Eve Muirhead (GBR) & Ulrich Kapp (GER)
IOC Athletes’ Commission: Frank Fredericks (NAM)
IOC Athletes’ Commission: Claudia Bokel (GER)
IOC Athletes’ Commission: Robert Balk (USA)
IOC Athletes’ Commission: Charmaine Crooks (CAN)
IOC Athletes’ Commission: Hicham El Guerrouj (MAR)
IOC Athletes’ Commission: Barbara Kendall (NZL)
IOC Athletes’ Commission: Dae Sung Moon (KOR)
IOC Athletes’ Commission: Adam Pengilly (GBR)
IOC Athletes’ Commission: Angela Ruggiero (USA)
IOC Athletes’ Commission: Yumilka Ruiz Luaces (CUB)
IOC Athletes’ Commission: Rebecca Scott (CAN)
IOC Athletes’ Commission: Pedro Yang (GUA)
IOC Athletes’ Commission: Peter Tallberg (FIN)
IOC Athletes’ Commission: Sergey Bubka (UKR)
IOC Athletes’ Commission: Rania Elwani (EGY)

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