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The second edition of the Winter Youth Olympic Games officially began with an innovative Opening Ceremony ©YIS/IOC

News - Youth Olympic Games

The second edition of the Winter Youth Olympic Games officially began with an innovative yet nostalgic Opening Ceremony in sub-zero freezing temperatures which was not afraid to stray from the traditional here tonight.

The spectacle, entitled “The boy who wanted the world”, was held at the same venue as the Opening Ceremony of the Lillehammer 1994 Winter Olympic Games 22 years to the day, where Crown Prince Haakon lit the Cauldron.

That particular honour this time around fell to his daughter Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway, who was handed the Torch by six-time Norwegian Olympic skiing champion Marit Bjørgen as she carried it into the venue in dramatic fashion.

The sold-out Ceremony, attended by around 13,000 spectators, including the Norwegian Royal Family, began with a segment entitled “creation”, which sets the scene for the rest of the show by starting to tell the story of a young boy “born with skis on his feet”.

Following the opening, the formal part of the Ceremony took place, with the national anthem of Norway and the raising of the Norwegian flag.

The 1,100 athletes due to compete here then made their entrance ahead of the parade of flags, with the loudest cheer reserved for the host nation.

The main part of the ceremony detailed the journey of a young athlete whose competitive spirit was saved by the Olympic Flame

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, was joined on stage by young athlete representatives from the five different continents, who each spoke to the audience expressing why they love the Youth Olympic Games.

“This is what the Youth Olympic Games are all about: bringing young athletes together from all around the world to enjoy competition and friendship,” Bach said.

“We are coming together to celebrate the Olympic Values of excellence, friendship and respect.”

Once Bach had departed, the Olympic oaths were taken in a slightly different way to the usual format at Opening Ceremonies as each participant faced the crowd while placing one hand on the Olympic flag.

A stirring rendition of the Olympic Anthem then filled the arena before the main show came to the fore, detailing the journey of a young athlete, played by 16-year-old Eilif Hellum Noraker, a famous young actor in the Scandinavian country who appeared in the popular Doktor Proktor films.

Noraker's character was accompanied by a host of professionals who slalomed down the famous ski jumping run before arriving in the arena.

During his time on stage, he goes through the emotions of trying to become a professional athlete and ultimately gives up before his spark is reunited by the entrance of the Olympic Flame, carried by Bjørgen.

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Rheeza Grant Interview - August 2019 - 2019 Pan Am Games, Lima, Peru

Nicholas Paul of Trinidad and Tobago celebrates after winning men's sprint gold at the Pan American Games ©Getty Images

2019 Pan Amer­i­can Games

Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC) President Brian Lewis has praised his nation's athletes after the country recorded their best medal performance at the Pan American Games in Lima.

Colin Murray | colomurray@gmail.com

2019 Pan Amer­i­can Games

A few fans stopped me to ask what I thought about the West In­dies' per­for­mance so far in the se­ries against In­dia in both the T20's and the ODIs.

DOUBLE GOLD MEDALLIST! Nicholas Paul of T&T celebrates beating compatriot Phillip Njisanel, also of T&T, to win the gold medal in the track cycling men's sprint final at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on August 3. (AP)

2019 Pan Amer­i­can Games

The Pan Amer­i­can Games closed on Sun­day but T&T is still cel­e­brat­ing its his­toric per­for­mance, claim­ing 13 medals, the most ever.

I happen to be initially browsing but having caught my attention, I then perused thoroughly, the 2018 Oxford Business Group country report on Trinidad and Tobago.  There were a number of perespectives, snap shots and overviews written. If one wanted to get a well researched and documented overview of the economic and business landscape within the twin Island Republic.

31 July is CANOC day. A message was sent out. That it barely registered or caught the attention of sport stakeholders in the Caribbean is an opportunity not a slight. CANOC must embrace the opportunity to heighten awareness and engage in enhanced outreach to provide information about the organisation.

It is cold in Lima, Peru, host city of the 2019 Pan Am Games. In fact, it is winter here in the South American nation.

With the one-year countdown to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games officially underway, the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee, (TTOC) has announced that TTO athletes will benefit from a pre-games training camp at the Japan Athlete Training Center Osumi, in Osaki Town, Kagoshima Prefecture, as part of Japan’s Host Town Initiative.

Dylan Carter

Tokyo 2020

National swimmer Dylan Carter has qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan after reaching the semi-final in the 100m freestyle at the 2019 FINA World Aquatics Championships in South Korea.

In this file photo, (from L) TT's Keston Bledman, Emmanuel Callender, Richard Thompson and Marc Burns celebrate after winning silver in the men's 4×100m relay final at the National Stadium during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games on August 22, 2008.

Tokyo 2020

TEAM TTO has been assured of a gold medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. Twelve years after their second place finish at the 2008 Beijing Games, sprinters Richard Thompson, Marc Burns, Emmanuel Callender and Keston Bledman will receive their 4x100m relay gold.

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