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From the 5 to 10th February the city of Grenoble will live again at the rhythm of the Winter Olympic Games 1968 few days before the opening of the 2018 Olympics in South Korea (Pyongchang). Indeed, among many local events set up for the celebration of 50th Anniversary of the Winter Olympic Games, Grenoble will host the 1st ISF School Winter Games organises by the ISF and National School Sport of France (UNSS).
During 5 days, 500 young athletes coming from 19 countries will participate in this multi winter sports event. Indeed young people from Germany, England, Argentina, France, Hungary, Russia, Republic of Belarus, Austria, Belgium, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Scotland, Chile, Turkey, Spain, Estonia and Ukraine will meet during various educative and cultural activities while competing in 8 sports such as Alpine Skiing, Biathlon, Cross Country, Curling, Figure Skating, Ski Jumping, Ski freestyle, Snowboard.
It is important to underline that beside Hockey, Biathlon and Curling all sport competions of this event are FIS races. In term of support the World Curling Federation strongly helped to mobilise its network around the first ISF School Winter Games.
As part of the ISF Vision 2030, the launch of this event showcases the will of ISF to challenge itself by giving opportunities to other young people from other sports background to participate in a unique sport and educative event. This is not a coincidence if the first ISF multi winter sports event is taking place in the sports facilities and mountains of Grenoble. Indeed, this event will be at the same time a great legacy of the Winter Olympic Games 1968 during which the ISF students will follow the tracks of Olympic Champions like Jean Claude Killy or World Champion like Alain Calmat who will be both present in Grenoble again this week; meanwhile all the youth will get inspire and cheer for their favourite Olympians running for titles in Korea. In term of Athlete Ambassador, the ISF is really proud that Martin Fourcade, Olympic Champion in Biathlon accepted to be the ambassador of the event. You can watch is video here.
In term of education and legacy, we can underline as well that more than 5 000 academy's pupils (1 000 1st degree pupils and 4 000 2nd degree pupils), divided in 136 schools (58 primary schools, 41 secondary schools and 37 high schools) will participate in the success of the >, supervised by hundred teachers. All these young people are assigned with welcoming the 600 young athletes and will be involved in the organisation of the sports competitions. A great occasion for all to build skills and develop friendship around the event.
Everyday you can find all information about the event here or on the ISF Winter Games Facebook Page.
Find the programme of the event below.
Keep in my mind that the Olympic Channel will broadcast the Skiing Slalom competition on February 8th starting from 9.30 am CET !
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