As the Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Gangwon, South Korea, draw near, there’s an air of excitement and anticipation surrounding the 30 athletes, coaches, and support staff who recently embarked on their journey.
Aboard Lufthansa flight LH718 from Munich to Seoul (ICN), Team Germany’s young talents are not only gearing up for their first international competition but also for an experience that goes beyond the realms of sports.
From January 19 to February 1, the picturesque Gangwon Province will be the backdrop for 81 decisions across 15 sports, as the focus extends beyond competition to embrace the Olympic ideals of peaceful rivalry, camaraderie, and global understanding.
South Korea Welcomes Winter Youth Olympic Games
The departure from Munich marked a significant moment as the Lufthansa Airbus A350-900 “Erfurt,” bearing the registration D-AIXJ, initiated its journey at 3:45 p.m.
Aboard this flight are a total of 90 young athletes, with the Winter Youth Olympic Games venturing outside of Europe for the first time.
Some competitions will unfold at the very venues that hosted the 2018 Winter Olympics, promising an Olympic experience that is more immersive and captivating than ever before.
Chef de Mission on Team Germany’s Odyssey
Leading the charge for Team Germany in Gangwon 2024 is Chef de Mission and DOSB Director of Competitive Sports, Dr. Olaf Tabor. Reflecting on the upcoming adventure, Dr. Tabor states, “We have a long journey ahead of us.”
“The Winter Youth Olympic Games are being held outside of Europe for the first time. Some competitions will be held at the venues of the 2018 Winter Olympics, so our young athletes will experience the Olympic flair more directly than ever before.”
“They are, therefore, likely to have some very special experiences in their luggage on their return flight. We are very much looking forward to traveling to South Korea, as we are represented in all 15 sports, and the competitions will promote the development of our young athletes.”
Lufthansa’s Tradition of Support
Lufthansa Airlines CEO, Heiko Reitz, expressed the airline’s longstanding commitment to supporting Team Germany on their Olympic journey.
“It is both a tradition and an honor for Lufthansa to fly Team Germany to the Olympic Games. In particular, we wish the young Team Germany all the best, lots of fun, and great experiences at the Youth Olympic Games in South Korea,” said Reitz.
In the heart of this exhilarating journey lies not just a pursuit of personal bests on the slopes and ice but also the cultivation of a broader understanding of international sportsmanship.
As the athletes compete for glory, they carry with them the hopes of a nation and the spirit of the Olympic Games – a celebration not only of athletic prowess but also of unity, friendship, and the shared pursuit of excellence.
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