European Youth Olympic Festival in Liechtenstein and Vorarlberg
From January 25-30 the European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) was hosted by Liechtenstein and the Austrian state of Vorarlberg. Now in its 12th year this is the first time the EYOF took place in two different countries. “The EYOF is a good example to demonstrate that you can achieve a spectacular event working together and aiming for a common goal," said Albert Frick, President of the Liechtenstein Parliament. Leo Kranz, President of the Liechtenstein Olympic Committee, was extremely happy about how smoothly the festival went and gratefully thanked the 1,200 volunteers during the final press conference.
Roughly 1,000 young winter sport athletes, ages 14-18, from 45 countries participated in different disciplines including alpine skiing, snowboarding, biathalon, ski jumping, ice hockey and more. Two of them were hosted in Liechtenstein, namely cross-country skiing in Steg and the giant slalom in Malbun. For team Liechtenstein three athletes participated in the EYOF: Silvan Marxer (giant slalom), Larissa Sele and Anna Frommelt (both cross-country skiing). Although the Liechtenstein athletes did not win any medals all three of them were very happy with their achievements. The EYOF was a good opportunity for them to compare themselves with other young European sport elites to see where they stand.
Among the 25,000 spectators were some VIPs who made appearances including Hereditary Prince Alois and Hereditary Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein and Prince Albert of Monaco.
Liechtenstein's Minister of Sports Marlies Aman-Marxer summarized the EYOF as perfect from beginning to end. SHe expressed her hopes that many sports clubs can benefit from the EYOF in furthering their young talents.
Cross-country skiers Larissa Sele and Anna Frommelt.
Silvan Marxer in the giant slolom.