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While the 2012 Winter Youth Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria are still more than a year away, both the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) and the U.S. Biathlon Association (USBA) have posted qualifying criteria for the event. Why so early? Entries for the Youth Olympics, which are scheduled for January 13th through 22nd, 2012, are due at the beginning of December, 2011. Since there won’t be much time for qualification events that winter, most of...

The members of the IOC Coordination Commission for the first Winter Youth Olympic Games Innsbruck 2012 were very pleased with the progress of the preparations presented to them this week. Gian Franco Kasper, President of the Coordination Commission, is convinced: “The athletes will find the best conditions in 2012 in Innsbruck and Seefeld.” He added: “Tyrol has both the required sports expertise and the necessary commitment to secure and sustain its young talents in snow...