Youth Olympic Games ceremony performer critically injured in rehearsal accident

Vaudoise Arena performer critically injured
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A performer has been hospitalized after an accident in a Tuesday rehearsal for Thursday’s Youth Olympic Games opening ceremony.

“The performing artist suffered the accident at the Vaudoise Arena, after which she was evacuated to the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois (CHUV) where she underwent treatment,” the IOC said in a statement that gave no other details.

Local police said the performer is a 35-year-old Russian skater who fell 15 feet after losing her balance while suspended above the ice. The police said the injuries are life-threatening.

The opening ceremony is scheduled for Thursday night local time. A Youth Olympic Games spokesperson said rehearsals have resumed and the ceremony will go ahead, Tribune de Genève reported.

Organizers say the ceremony is centered on the theme “Home” and “will be organized around 7 artistic tableaux and symbolic elements that epitomize the Olympic movement.” The ceremony is sold out.

Vaudoise Arena will host ice hockey events, including a new 3-on-3 discipline with teams composed of athletes from different countries, in addition to the opening and closing ceremonies.

The Youth Olympic Games feature all 15 Winter Olympic disciplines as well as the sport of ski mountaineering. The Olympic Channel will have same-day delay coverage of each day’s events, including the opening ceremony.

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