These days Brasov is the host of a special sports event: the European Youth Olympic Winter Festival 2013 which also has competitions taking place in Rasnov and Predeal until February, 22. There are eight disciplines in which young athletes participate: Alpine Skiing, Cross Country Skiing, Biathlon, Ice Hockey, Figure Skating, Short Track, Ski Jumping and Snowboarding.
The official website is constantly updated with competitions’ results and announcement of surprise contests with interesting and useful prizes. There are video and photo galleries on the site with interesting content, including one that presents Brasov. The official NOC Delegation Accommodation will is set in Poiana Braşov, the most popular Romanian Ski resort as well as an important tourist centre chosen by many Romanian and foreign tourists.
The festival’s mascot is a lovely Romanian brown bear, Martin, all dressed up in the national colours: red, yellow and blue.
Famous Romanian singer Inna performed live at the opening ceremony of the festival.
The European Youth Olympic Winter Festival 2013 aims to promote sports among young people, and to generate involvement of public, companies and clubs in such events. Also, the event promotes Brasov Region and Romania to tourists, as well as the Romanian culture and hospitality.
The fist edition of the European Youth Olympic Winter Festival took place in 1993 in the Italian resort Aosta. Back then the participants competed in five disciplines: Alpine Skiing, Cross Country Skiing, Biathlon, Figure Skating, and Short Track.
The next cities hosting European Youth Olympics are Utrecht (Nederlands) for the 2013 Summer Festival, Vorarlberg/Liechtenstein (Austria/Liechtenstein) – the 2015 Winter Festival and Tbilisi (Georgia) – the 2015 Winter Festival.