The end of the year. Role on 2012! Actually, it's just fourteen days until the Winter Youth Olympics begin in Innsbruck, with one thousand athletes from seventy countries. The official website has lots about the Youth Olympic Torch Relay, but I cannot find anything (yet) about the curling rink that is being constructed within the Innsbruck Exhibition Centre for the curling competitions.
Make sure you watch what the volunteers got up to in a Freeze Flashmob video - on the home page of the official website, or externally here. One does get the impression that everyone at the Games is set for a good time! There's even a song, 'This is our Time', but there's no curling in the video (on YouTube here), so perhaps curling has not yet 'arrived' for EMA, the fifteen-year old Austrian singer? Europop fans can hear her performing live, here. And again here, with Yoggi, the Games' official mascot.
Samsung is a 'Worldwide Olympic Partner'. They have a 'Wake Up It's Everyone's Youth Olympic Games' campaign for the Innsbruck event, see here. They have a couple of 'Watch how we YOG' videos - the link is on the right of the page. One is a hilarious take on curling, and if you like that, the speed skating will probably bring a smile to your face too. The videos are also on YouTube here and here.
Of course, it you are of my generation and if all this emphasis on youth just makes you tired, then you may well appreciate the simple joys of collecting curling memorabilia. David B Smith has an alternate suggestion to collecting full size curling stones. Go here. Now, where's my spoon.
Hopefully the weather will be kind to those involved in the curling in George Square, Glasgow, tomorrow, see here.
And that just leaves me to say to all blogallies, thank you for your support in 2011, and I wish you all a 'Happy New Year'!