History

Jacques Rogge, onetime President of the International Olympic Committee and now its Honorary President, is the father of the EYOF, originally called EYOD (European Youth Olympic Days) when it was first launched at the beginning of the 1990s. Summer sports had their premiere in Brussels (BEL) in 1991; winter sports followed two years later in Aosta (ITA).

“This Festival provides young European athletes with great motivation, as it gives sense to their careers from the very beginning”. (Jacques ROGGE, s.d., s.l.)

Since then, many future stars saw the light during both summer and winter Festivals, then to become winners and medallists at the Olympic Games, World Championships, European Championships.

Festivals medallists who have become elite athletes include: Alpine Skiers Janica Kostelič (Slov.) and Anja Paerson (Sweden); Cross Country Skiers Marit Björgen (Nor.) and Yulija Tchepalova (Rus.); Ski Jumper Janne Happonen (Fin.); Figure Skater Yevgeniy Plyushchenko (Rus.); Nordic Combiner Jason Lamy Chappuis (Fr.); Cyclist Fabian Cancellara (ITA); Tennis Player Justine Henin (BEL); Swimmer P. van den Hoogenband (NED); Sprinter Kim Gevaert (BEL); High Jumper Tia Hellebaut (BEL); Middle Distance Runner Ellen Van Langen (NED); Judoka Lena Göldi (SUI), amongstmany others. 

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Past EYOF editions

YEAR

SUMMER FESTIVAL

WINTER FESTIVAL

1991

Brussels (Belgium)

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1993

Valkenswaard (Netherlands)

Aosta (Italy)

1995

Bath (Great Britain)

Andorra la Vella (Andorra)

1997

Lisbon (Portugal)

Sundsvall (Sweden)

1999

Esbjerg (Denmark)

Poprad (Slovakia)

2001

Murcia (Spain)

Vuokatti (Finland)

2003

Paris (France)

Bled (Slovenia)

2005

Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy)

Monthey (Switzerland)

2007

Belgrade (Serbia)

Jaca (Spain)

2009

Tampere (Finland)

Slask Beskidy/Szczyrk (Poland)

2011

Trabzon (Turkey)

Liberec (Czech Republic)

2013

Utrecht (Netherlands)

Brasov (Romania)

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