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In anticipation of Youth Olympics 2016

In anticipation of Youth Olympics 2016

In Anticipation of Youth Olympics 2016

On Saturday 13th April 2013…the  Norwegian Sled Dog Association in collaboration with the International Federation of Sleddog Sports, held a demonstration race at the Birkebeiner Ski Stadium in Lillehammer. The event was held as part of the preparation for the Youth Olympic Games to be held in 2016.

The Norwegian Sled Dog Association is a national federation which organizes sleddog sporting events throughout Norway.  The organization was founded in 1951 and currently has approx. 3700 members and 58 clubs across the country.
The Norwegian Sled Dog Association is a national federation affiliated with the Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee. It is also a member of the International Federation of Sleddog Sports, the world governing body of sleddog sports.
The dog sport activities covered by the Norwegian Sled Dog Association includes 3 different disciplines; Sled, Skidog and Dryland.

Some of the demonstrations on the day consisted of mass starts where both boys and girls were runnning together.It gave the audience and the athletes the opportunity to experience the speed, and the excitement involved in the sprint towards the goal in each class. There were judges at points along the trail, awarding winners in each class. This was to give the athletes the experience of a real life race experience.  The trail was located primarily in the stadium in order to give the spectators an opportunity to witness as much of the demonstration as possible. Many of the participants were only 16 years of age!

The Norwegian and German youths were given a real insight into the sport by following athletes in preparation before the start of and during simulated races on the day.  The trail went around the stadium, and the crowd got to experience the speed, excitement and drama all the way in combined and 4-dog spint races.

After the competitions, nearly 40 school children, both Norwegian and German were invited to try dog sledding.. Some of them whom had cross country ski-ing experience, tried out skijoring, and some got to have a ride in sleds.

Among the many guests in attendance were members of the "Youth Olympics" committee, the Mayor of Lillehammer, Mayors from Oberhof, Germany and the media, and many youth members of the Norwegian and German sleddog sports organisations.

These demonstrations are hoped to encourage more youth participation in Sleddog Sports, and the overall event was seen to be a huge success. It is also hoped that other sled dog sports organisations will be encouraged to hold such events in the future.

The organizers wishes to thank everyone all who contributed to the planning and execution of this great event.


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