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Ressort: Youth Olympic Games - EN
Datum: 01.1.2012
Ort: Innsbruck - Seefeld | Tirol

Sport Arena Tirol: Tradition and innovation in perfect symbiosis

For the third time, following 1964 and 1976 - the Olympic flame will once again burn in Tirol from 13th to 22nd January 2012. The "Heart of the Alps" will welcome over 1,000 sportsmen and women from up to 70 different countries and once again prove its worth within the field of winter sports and hospitality.

Sport infrastructure of the highest level in the "Heart of the Alps"
From the growth of individual types of sports to the expansion and development of an infrastructure which is unparalleled worldwide: - in the past decades, winter in Tirol has developed a completely new look. 4,000 Kilometres of groomed pistes, almost 1,200 state of the art cable cars, more than 80 varied ski resorts including 5 impressive glaciers, 4,000 km of cross country and more than 3,300 km of winter hiking trails: these are the impressive facts about winter in Tirol. But behind the statistics lies a whole region with all its beauty and special features.
Anyone who visits Tirol in winter will experience the full diversity of this region: spectacular mountain panoramas, fast downhill descents, tobogganing, romantic winter hiking or cross-country skiing through breathtaking scenery and untouched nature is what makes this region unique. No wonder, then, that the "Heart of the Alps" is a popular winter holiday destination for tourists from all over the world and has become a winter hotspot for attracting major events of all kinds. From the famous Hahnenkamm race on the Streif in Kitzbühel, to the meeting of the world's best snowboarders in the "Air & Style" in Innsbruck to the Biathlon World Cup in Hochfilzen, Tirol always presents itself at its very best. Both top athletes and tourists benefit from the high level of innovation that Tirol develops season after season: the range stretches from child-safe cable cars to illuminated cross-country trails to nature discovery tours with a telescope.

Hospitality, that comes from the heart
When it comes to service and expertise the ‘land in the mountains' sets the standard worldwide. Starting with award-winning gourmet cuisine at 2000m, through to patient ski instructors who are not only charming, but also expert at improving mastery of the slopes in just a few days, to the idyllic family hotel, where grown-ups and little ones can feel at home - tourism standards in Tirol, the Heart of the Alps, are often copied, but never surpassed.

"Taking part is everything" - the first Winter Youth Olympics completes winter in Tirol
The first Winter Youth Olympic Games reflects what Tirol is all about. The Olympic heritage of 1964 and 1976 is united with the innovation of the premiere of the "new" Winter Youth Olympics. The upgrading and development of popular and traditional venues for events, such as the famous Patscherkofel downhill or the ski jump in Seefeld, has secured Tirol as a top destination for future events. As with the Olympic village, which has been constructed to the highest eco-friendly standards, will be used by the local population following the games, everything has been done with a view to sustainability.
The whole of Tirol is looking forward to the Winter Youth Olympic Games - and a wonderful winter: "The Youth Olympics is the perfect stage to highlight the range of winter sports offered in Tirol. Audiences around the world will witness not just some exciting sporting competitions but will also gain an insight into the beautiful scenery of our region", says Josef Margreiter, Director of the Tirol Tourist Board: "Across the region many innovations have been initiated because of the these major events, which will benefit our guests now and in the future - we look forward to a "Winter Wonderland” of sport in Tirol!"

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