IOC announces Athlete Role Models for Gangwon 2024

17 Olympic champions, Olympic medalists and Olympians have been named as Athlete Role Models (ARMs) for the 2024 Gangwon Winter Youth Olympic Games.

The 17

ARMs are Jackie Narracott (Australia, skeleton), Won Yun-jong (South Korea, bobsleigh), Jennifer Dodds (Britain, curling), Kim Chang-min (South Korea, curling), Eliza Tiruma (Latvia, luge), Sascha Benecken (Germany, luge), Vanessa Hinz (Germany, biathlon), Dominik Windisch (Italy, biathlon), Min Yura (South Korea, figure skating), Michal Brezina (Czech Republic, figure skating), Nao Kodaira (Japan, speed skating), Viktor Polasek (Czech Republic, ski jumping), Carina Vogt (Germany, ski jumping), Han Da Som (South Korea, cross-country skiing), Magnus Boe (Norway, cross-country skiing), Sami Kennedy-Sim (Australia, freestyle skiing) and Eric Frenzel (Germany, Nordic combined).

"Young athletes look up to Olympians and seek to follow in their footsteps in sport and beyond the field of play. It is exactly for this reason that these outstanding Athlete Role Models will play a pivotal role at the Youth Olympic Games Gangwon 2024," said Kaveh Mehrabi, director of the IOC Athletes' Department.

"These role models will contribute immensely to achieving the mission of Gangwon 2024, as they embody the values of Olympism and serve as beacons of excellence, respect and friendship, guiding the young athletes in achieving their own dreams."

The ARM Program has been an integral part of the Youth Olympic Games since the first edition in Singapore in 2010, providing young athletes with a chance to learn from experienced Olympians.

The Gangwon 2024 Winter Youth Olympics will take place from January 19 to February 1, 2024, with approximately 1,900 athletes from 81 National Olympic Committees expected to take part.

Events will be held in four locations across the Gangwon region - Gangneung, PyeongChang, Jeongseon and Hoengseong - and will build upon the legacy of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games by using some of the same facilities.