MINSK, 23 January (BelTA) – The 3rd Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne wrapped up with the closing ceremony, BelTA learned from the press service of Belarus' National Olympic Committee.
The ceremony was opened with greetings and words of gratitude to the volunteers of the Olympic Games. The relatively small venue was packed with the participants of the event. President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach was also in attendance. Together with the other participants, he watched the flag parade. Belarusian skier Hleb Shakel carried the flag for Team Belarus.
The president of the organizing committee Virginie Faivre and Thomas Bach delivered a thank you speech to the participants of the Winter Youth Olympic Games.
“As young athletes, you are the best ambassadors of the Olympic spirit and atmosphere! During these two weeks, you have become a part of the large global sports family. Stay loyal to the Olympic ideals for the rest of your career,” the president of the International Olympic Committee addressed the participants.
Thomas Bach handed the Olympic flag to South Korean athletes whose country will host the next Winter Youth Olympic Games in 2024. The Olympic flame was traditionally extinguished during the ceremony. The celebration wrapped up with a live performance of the well-known singer and composer Bastian Baker. Belarusian athletes lifted two trophies at the 3rd Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne. Ilya Korzun won the champion's title in the Men's Mixed NOC 3-on-3 ice hockey event and Yuliya Kavaleuskaya won a bronze medal in biathlon.
The Russian team confirmed its dominance in the unofficial medal match by securing 10 gold, 11 silver and 8 bronze medals, Switzerland came a close second with 10 gold, 6 silver and 8 bronze medals, while Japan finished third with 9 gold, 7 silver and 1 bronze medals.
The 4th Winter Youth Olympic Games will take place in PyeongChang and Gangneung in South Korea in 2024. This decision was made during the 135th session of the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne in January 2020.
Photos courtesy of Belarus' National Olympic Committee