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Lausanne 2020 mascot designed by local art school students

In one year, the Lausanne region will play host to the third edition of the Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG). From 9 to 22 January 2020, 1,880 athletes, aged between 15 and 18, from more than 80 countries will compete in the cantons of Vaud (Lausanne, Leysin, Les Diablerets, Villars, Vallée de Joux), Valais (Champéry) and Grisons (St Moritz), and in neighbouring France (Prémanon-Les Tuffes).

On the occasion of the “one-year-to-go” events, the Lausanne 2020 Organising Committee unveiled the mascot “Yodli” this week, which was designed collaboratively by 140 students from the local art and communication school Eracom. The various drafts were shown to school children from Lausanne and surrounding areas, to collect feedback and adapt the mascot, and the final choice was then given to 500 young Swiss athletes aged 12 to 18, who voted on the final design. This initiative is one of the organisers’ many collaborations with the city's schools and academic institutions.

Yodli - Lausanne 2020

Yodli was also part of a ceremony with local music and sport stars in the Flon neighbourhood, in the centre of Lausanne, which will serve as the Medals Plaza during Games time. 

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Freestyle skiing star Virginie Faivre becomes new President of Lausanne 2020 

Just last week it was announced that Virginie Faivre, the multiple freestyle skiing world champion, has been appointed President of the Lausanne 2020 Organising Committee. Born in Lausanne, Virginie Faivre has a long career as an elite freestyle skier behind her. A three-time FIS world champion in halfpipe and three-time Crystal Globe winner in the discipline, she brings to the Organising Committee her experience of major international winter sports competitions.   

"It is a great honour, of course, but above all a great joy for me to participate in the organisation of this great event, which is very dear to me," said Faivre. "I have been part of it from the beginning in 2013. Our victory at the IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur in 2015 was one of the highlights of my career. I feel a similar emotion today."

The new President succeeds former President Patrick Baumann, who died suddenly last October.

Click here to read the full IOC press release.

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