The Olympic city of Innsbruck
Innsbruck as a stronghold of winter sport
Only a handful of towns have hosted the Olympic Games on more than one occasion. Innsbruck is the only city in the world along with London to have hosted the games three times – the Winter Olympics in 1964 and 1976 and the Winter Youth Olympics, held for the first time in 2012.
It is without doubt one of the biggest moments in the life of any athlete: to be at the Olympic Games. But you do not need to be a top athlete in Innsbruck to savour the flair of these unifying competitions during a winter holiday: the two cauldrons of the Olympic flame at the Bergisel-Schanze ski jump are a reminder of the 1964 and 1976 games.
Olympia SkiWorld Innsbruck
It is precisely this international and urban flair of Innsbruck which makes the city stand out from the mass of other winter sports destinations: where else can you reach high Alpine terrain just 20 minutes from the city? Skiers at the ‘Olympia SkiWorld Innsbruck’ have 9 ski resorts to choose from and all can be accessed with a free ski bus.
In the footsteps of heroes
The Olympic theme continues in Axamer Lizum where the women’s downhill and men’s giant slalom were held in 1976 and on the Patscherkofel. 60,000 spectators were present on Innsbruck’s own mountain when Franz Klammer became an Austrian national hero after winning the downhill race in the Olympics.
But the Olympic city of Innsbruck is not just renowned for its winter sports past; its future is important too. It is not without good reason that Tyrol’s state capital was chosen by the IOC to host the first Winter Youth Olympics which were held here with great success in 2012.