Wiberg to examine Winter Youth Olympics candidate cities
Swedish skier Pernilla Wiberg will lead a seven-member commission to evaluate the four cities aiming to host the first Winter Youth Olympics.2 September 2008
LAUSANNE -- The International Olympic Committee created a panel Tuesday to examine four candidate cities hoping to host the first Winter Youth Olympics in 2012.
The seven-member evaluation commission will be led by Pernilla Wiberg, an athletes' representative at the IOC.
The 37-year-old Swedish skier won two gold medals and one silver at four Winter Games from 1992-2002.
The candidate cities are: Harbin, China; Innsbruck, Austria; Kuopio, Finland; and Lillehammer, Norway.
Each bid team will present its case and face questions from commission members during video conference calls later in September.
Wiberg and her panel will then prepare a report for the IOC Executive Board to choose a shortlist of finalists. IOC members will vote by postal ballot in November and announce the winning city in December.
The Winter Youth Olympics will feature about 1,000 athletes from 14 to 18 years old competing in seven sports - skiing, ice hockey, biathlon, bobsled, curling, luge and figure skating.
[AP / Expatica]