Lieutenant Governor Brian Krolicki, RTWGC Chairman of the Board of Directors, is in Innsbruck, Austria to attend the inaugural Youth Olympic Winter Games (YOG), which take place through Sunday, January 22. RTWGC leadership felt it was important for the organization to show its support for this first-time event.
“The Youth Olympic Games offer another outstanding way for young athletes around the world to be positively exposed to the Olympic Values,” said Krolicki. “I am honored to represent the RTWGC at the Games.”
Innsbruck is officially hosting the city’s third Winter Games, having hosted the regular Olympic Winter Games in 1964 and 1976. The YOG Opening Ceremonies highlighted this Winter Games first when participants lit three separate cauldrons.
“Innsbruck has such a wonderful legacy in the Olympic Movement and it seems only fitting that the first Youth Olympic Games take place there,” said Krolicki.
During his visit, the Lieutenant Governor will meet with YOG organizers and Austrian officials to better understand how they staged the Games and bringing what he learns back to assist in the planning of a potential future Winter Games bid from our region.
Lieutenant Governor Krolicki will also make one side trip during his stay, to nearby Kitzbuhl, Austria. There he will attend the World Cup men’s downhill skiing race at the famed Hahnenkamm Resort. This opportunity was facilitated by Austrian Olympian and Reno resident Franz Weber. Weber is also in his native country for the YOG and World Cup races.