Training Camps

In order to share Norwegian winter sports expertise and to support young athletes from around the world, we organize international training camps targeted to young athletes and their coaches. All training camps are organised in close corporation with the respective National Federation. In addition to the physical training, we also focus on seminars and social activities for both the athletes and the coaches. As a part of the legacy from the Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer 2016, we want the participants to “Meet, learn and share”. We also aim to involve young people from Norway in the camp as “young leaders” to give them valuable experiences in a young international environment.

Read more about our different training camps here: Camps

Sharing of winter sport expertise

Lillehammer Olympic Legacy Sports Centre assists visiting event organizers and other visitors that would like to learn more about winter sport itself, the way Lillehammer have been able to host two Olympic games, and about the Lillehammer Olympic legacy including venues, events and competence. The last 1,5 years we have been working closely with China and Beijing 2022 in order to share our knowledge to the best for the forthcoming Olympic Games in 2022. We have also been facilitating the corporation between team China and local sports schools regarding the ongoing project that aims to develop Chinese athletes prior to the Olympic games in Beijing 2022.The last 1,5 years more than 50 delegations from sport event organizers around the world have been visiting Lillehammer all coordinated by LOLSC.

Young leadership

As you may know, the Youth Olympic Games 2016 in Lillehammer was an important measure in order to increase involvement of young people in sport here in Norway, and the event gave young leaders fantastic possibilities to grow and develop as leaders. Two hundred young leaders were trained before the games, not only to offer support as leading volunteers during the YOG, but also to encourage them to pursue careers in sport in the future. We as a legacy-center really believe in young engagement, and we believe that we through our activities also can offer young leader opportunities to learn more about leadership and get more valuable experience.

In 2019, we have three main activities regarding young leadership:
  • In close corporation with the Youth Committee in Oppland Sports Confederation, we aims to involve young people as responsible leaders in different sessions connected to our training camps.
  • We are doing a survey targeted to all the 200 participants in the YOG 2016 Young Leadership Program. The goal with the survey is to get more information about what the young leaders do inside sport today, and to get feedback for the planning of our future work.
  • Together with Gausdal High school-Pierre de Coubertin, we are handing out a student prize to five prize-winners from five different sports-schools in Oppland County.

Legacy Research Project

The Lillehammer Olympic Sports Legacy Centre (LOLSC) and The Lillehammer Olympic Studies Centre(which is a cooperation between The Inland Norway University and The Norwegian Olympic Museum), have received 500 000 NOK in support from the Regional Research Foundation to a research project on «The Lillehammer Olympic Legacy». The funder of the grant is Inland Norway Research Council. The title of the research project is «Olympic legacy; knowledge, governance and innovation». Professor Jon Helge Lesjö, Professor Dag Vidar Hanstad, Researcher Eivind Merok and Project leader Trine Lövold Syversen will together with the LOLSC representatives Jostein Buraas og Per Erik Maehlum contribute to the project. This is a one-year research project, and the project has national and international partners who also will contribute to the project through their participation in workshops. The partners are from public authorities in the region, organizers of international and national sport events, the Olympic arenas and destinations for winter sport in the region. We are looking forward to contributing to the research-field on the Olympic legacy with the Lillehammer experiences from the Winter Olympics in 1994 and Youth Olympic Games in 2016.

Legacy Film Project

With funding and support from the IOC, we’re producing a legacy-film in order to tell the story about the Lillehammer-Legacy after hosting two Olympic games. The film will focus on Legacy for Sport, Legacy for the People, and Legacy for the City/Region. The IOC is planning to present the film in the legacy section on their website .

Dual career

We think that international athletes in the future should have the possibility to move to Lillehammer and be able to combine their sporting career with studies. It is a long-term goal for us to develop programs that can make this possible both on the high school and the university level. In order to try to achieve this, we as a Legacy-center are working closely with the INN University in Lillehammer and the Norwegian High School Of Elite Sports (NTG) in Lillehammer to develop new study programs for the future.The first project with the INN University is focusing to develop a new e-learning course for top sport athletes. This will make it possible to take courses online. Some of the themes we are touching are personal branding, media relations and career planning. Below you can see a picture from one of our planning meeting, where we were also joined by former and current top sports athletes.