Youth Olympic Games

Russia trounces U.S. boys’ hockey team to wrap up Youth Olympic Games

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Russia routed the U.S. 4-0 in the boys’ hockey gold medal game Wednesday, the final day of the Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The U.S. had more penalties (three) than shots (two) in the first period. Russia’s Matvei Michkov converted the first power play and added an even-strength goal later in the period. Another power-play goal in the second period ran the score to 3-0.

Michkov just turned 15 and is projected as a top pick in the 2023 NHL Draft.

The gold medal was Russia’s ninth of the Games, excluding events that featured mixed-nationality teams, and 27th overall medal. Both numbers were the best of the competition.

Switzerland finished second in the medal tally with nine golds and 22 total. Japan, the surprise winner in girls’ hockey, matched Switzerland with nine golds among its 17 medals.

The U.S. had two gold medals and 11 total. Kiernan Fagan took gold in the boys’ ski slopestyle and silver in ski big air. Dusty Henricksen won the boys’ snowboard slopestyle.

Fagan, who turned 18 during the Games, already has a couple of World Cup podiums and finished 12th in slopestyle in last year’s world championships. He also took silver in big air and slopestyle in last year’s world junior championships.

Henricksen, who’ll turn 17 next month, placed 17th in the World Cup big air event last month in Atlanta.

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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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Buenos Aires named host of 2018 Youth Olympic Games

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Buenos Aires will host the third Youth Olympic Games in 2018. The International Olympic Committee chose the Argentine capital over other finalists Medellin, Colombia, and Glasgow, Scotland, in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Thursday.

“We had three excellent candidates from which to choose a host city today, each with the capability of staging memorable Youth Olympic Games in 2018,” IOC president Jacques Rogge said. “I would like to congratulate Buenos Aires and their bid team for their dedication to and enthusiasm for the Youth Olympic Games project. I have no doubt they will build on the successes of Singapore 2010 and Nanjing 2014 to provide a platform on which the best young athletes from around the world can compete and learn about the Olympic values.”

Buenos Aires won the final vote over Medellin 49-39. It also won the first round with 40 votes, more than Medellin’s 32 and Glasgow, which was eliminated with 13.

Buenos Aires will also host the IOC session in September when the 2020 Olympic host will be chosen among Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo and Rogge’s successor as IOC president will be named.

IOC members saw presentations from the three bid cities Wednesday and were set to hear 15-minute speeches from the six presidential candidates Thursday.