BLOG: "One journey ends, another begins," ARM Rasmus Stjerne

  • Rasmus with IOC President Thomas Bach and curling athletes Photo: WCF / Richard Gray

On this final day of the Winter Youth Olympic Games a lot memoires have been made for all the young athletes.

Taking part in this event has been a great honour and I have personally learned a lot from the future Olympian curlers. One episode is particularly clear to me during the Mixed final between USA and Canada.

During the final end a technical error made the red lights flash on the first Canadian skip's rock. Team USA showed perfect sportsmanship and decided not to remove the Canadian rock. It is wonderful to see The Spirit of Curling lives on in the next generation of curlers.

Some athletes go home with fancy medals, while other can proclaim to be the first from their country to become Youth Olympian curlers.

But, common for all is the invaluable experience it is to take part at the Youth Olympic Games. This experience should be the motivation and inspiration driving them towards future Olympic moments. But, buckle up because this is not easy. Stay humble, work hard and good curling!

Rasmus Stjerne, from Hvidovre in Denmark, has been selected as the Athlete Role Model (ARM) for curling at the 2nd Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Lillehammer, Norway (12-21 February 2016).

Stjerne, who is 27, led the Danish men’s team to a 6th place finish at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games curling competition. He is a World Junior champion (2009) and has skipped the Danish men’s team to silver and bronze medals at the European Curling Championships and qualified Demark for three world men’s championships.

He will be writing a blog for the WCF throughout YOG 2016, geared towards the athletes taking part, sharing the experiences he has had competing at Olympic Winter Games and major international curling events.

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