Innsbruck (RWH) Final event in the Olympic Sliding Centre: the ice track competitions in the first Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Innsbruck (AUT) have ended with the bobsleigh at the foot of the Patscherkofel, with a good 30 athletes making their first appearance under the flag with the five Olympic rings. The lord of these rings, IOC President Jaques Rogge, naturally made a visit to the Olympic ice track in Igls, as did Prince Albert of Monaco, who has driven a bobsleigh in five Winter Olympics under his family name of Grimaldi. How fitting that he was there to celebrate the first Olympic medal for his country, when pilot Rudy Rinaldi and brakeman Jeremy Torre won bronze in the two-man bobsleigh. In an exciting final heat, Patrick Baumgartner and Alessandro Grande of Italy collected the gold medal ahead of second-placed Benjamin Maier and Robert Ofensberger of host nation Austria.
In the two-woman event, YOG gold went to Marije van Huigenbosch and Sanne Dekker of the Netherlands. Mica McNeill and brakewoman Jazmin Sawyers of Great Britain won silver, and bronze went to another Netherlands team, Kimberly Bos and Mandy Groot.
In mixed field of participants from 13 nations, two bright trios of flags flew at the victory ceremony at the Olympic Sliding Centre, where Olympic gold, silver and bronze were awarded to the bobsleigh teams before the Winter Youth Olympic Games come to a fitting end with the Closing Ceremony on Innsbruck’s Medals Plaza this evening.
The complete list of results from the Youth Olympic Games can be found at www.innsbruck2012.com.
Youth Olympic Games, Innsbruck 2012, Bobsleigh Men
1. ITA BAUMGARTNER Patrick/GRANDE Alessandro
2. AUT MAIER Benjamin/OFENSBERGER Robert
3. MON RINALDI Rudy/TORRE Jeremy
4. LAT KIBERMANIS Oskars/KAMSS Elvis
5. GBR BIDDULPH Olly/LELLIOTT James
6. GER MOELTER Philipp/OELSNER Richard
7. USA BASCUE Codie/PETERSON Jake
8. RUS CHIGVINTSEV Kirill/TARASOV Ivan
9. CAN BEREZOWSKI Payton/SPARKS Clay
10 KOR CHOI Junwon/CHOI Minseo
Youth Olympic Games, Innsbruck 2012, Bobsleigh Women
1. NED VAN HUIGENBOSCH Marije/DEKKER Sanne
2. GBR MCNEILL Mica/SAWYERS Jazmin
3. NED BOS Kimberley/GROOT Mandy
4. GBR EMERY Kirsten/SLATER Frances
5. ITA PARODI Mathilde/MARGAGLIO Valentina
6. ROU CONSTANTIN Ana Andreea/GRECU Andreea
7. CAN MILLER Mercedes/FROESE Casey
8. JPN OSHIGIRI Maria/UEHARA Shizuka