2013 European Youth Olympic Winter Festival

The 2013 European Youth Olympic Winter Festival was an international multi-sport event held between 17 and 22 February 2013, in Braşov, Romania, with some of the events also held in Râșnov, Predeal and Fundata. It was the 11th edition of the European Youth Olympic Winter Festival.[1]

2013 European Youth Olympic Winter Festival
Host cityBraşov, Romania
Nations participating45
Athletes participating1,465
Opening ceremony17 February 2013
Closing ceremony22 February 2013
Officially opened byVictor Ponta
Athlete's OathDaniela Haralambie
Judge's OathDiana Cristina Bodi
Coach's OathIoan Poponeci
Torch lighterMihai Covaliu
Main venueIon Țiriac Arena
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It was organized by the Romanian Olympic and Sports Committee (COSR), headed by Octavian Morariu. 1,465 athletes, aged between 14 and 18, from 45 nations participated in 36 events of eight disciplines. It was the first multi-sport competition hosted by Romania since the 1981 Summer Universiade that took place in Bucharest.[2]



Venue Location Sports
Brașov Olympic Ice Rink Brașov Ice hockey
Sub Teleferic, Poiana Brașov Ice Rink Poiana Brașov Alpine skiing, figure skating, short track speed skating
Valea Râşnoavei Sport Center Predeal Cross country skiing
Valea Cărbunării Ski Jumping Hill Râșnov Ski jumping
Cheile Grădiştei Arena Fundata Biathlon
Clăbucet Sosire (Arrival) Slope Predeal Snowboarding

The budget spent for the organization was €1.15 million, while for the construction of the venues came to a total cost of €60 million.[3]

The Brașov Olympic Ice Rink raised to a cost of €11 million and was built entirely from public resources, being opened in May 2008. It hosted ice hockey.[3]

The Ministry of Regional Development and Tourism of Romania spent €28 million on upgrading facilities at Poiana Brașov, which hosted the figure skating, alpine skiing and speed skating events, and €4 million at Predeal. The Râșnov Sports Complex, primarily financed through sponsorships, has also received ministry contribution. The three smaller hills were raised from non-government sources, but the K90 with money from the MDRT.[3]

The Cheile Grădiştei Arena from Fundata belonged to a private investor, Ovidiu Gârbacea.[3]


The organizing committee was supported by 480 volunteers, divided into several departments, after a selection which consisted in psycho-pedagogical interviews, foreign language knowledge and sportive abilities. Experience accumulated in organizing other events and volunteering activities was also taken into account.

They participated in all scheduled activities at the competition that were held from 17 to 22 February. Most volunteers worked a maximum of 10 hours per day. For this reason, volunteers took shifts in some of the activities. All volunteers were dressed in the same uniform, marked with the logos of the competition.[4]


The logo was designed in the shape of a snowflake in the five Olympic colors. The main idea behind it was that each snowflake is different from another, and while they are so fragile independently, they become together, similarly to how each athlete has their own strengths and qualities, and how team spirit makes them even greater.[5]


The Carpathian Brown Bear Martin was the official mascot of the festival. Often present in Romanian culture, it inspired songs and tales, this type of bear being considered to be Romanian, due to its large presence in the Romanian Carpathian Mountains. Martin was dressed in red, yellow and blue, representing the colors of the Romanian national flag.[5]


The medals were produced by a company in Bucharest that has an experience of over 20 years in the field. They were cast in gold, silver and bronze and attached to a multicolor cord having the colors of the Olympic circles.[6]

Applications for IPhone and IPad

Free applications for IPhone, IPad, tablets and smartphones were launched on February 15, also available on iTunes and Google Play. The application contained the schedule of the competition, information about the organizers and sponsors. During the competition, the sport results were updated in 30 minutes after the end of the races.[7]

Official stores

In each location where the festival competitions took place, there was a store with promotional items and souvenirs, such as miniature mascots, magnets, pins, inscriptioned mugs, etc.[8]

Media coverage

The host broadcaster was the Romanian Television (TVR). It used its own cameras and crews.[9][10]


  Opening ceremony   Event competitions   Event finals   Closing ceremony
February 201317th
Alpine skiing                5
Biathlon  ●●   ●●     5
Cross country skiing  ●●   ●●   ●●     7
Figure skating       2
Ice hockey    1
Short track  ●●   ●●   ●●●  7
Ski jumping                5
Snowboarding  ●●   ●●  4
Total Gold Medals261129636
Cumulative Total2819213036



Opening ceremony

The event was officially opened by Prime Minister Victor Ponta, who was accompanied by the Mayor of Braşov George Scripcaru and the International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge. Approximately 3,000 spectators attended the opening ceremony, which was held outdoors on the Ion Țiriac Arena of the Sports High School, at the foothill of the Tâmpa Mountain. The Olympic torch was carried into the arena by Rareș Dumitrescu and Mihai Covaliu. The latter had the mission to carry the Olympic flame in the last part of the route and to light the torch. The olympic oath followed, uttered by athletes, referees and trainers.[2]


Participant nations

Medal table

  *   Host nation (Romania)

1 Russia (RUS)117422
2 Germany (GER)67316
3 France (FRA)43512
4 Slovenia (SLO)33410
5 Austria (AUT)24612
6 Italy (ITA)2428
7 Norway (NOR)2226
8 Romania (ROU)*1203
9 Poland (POL)1124
10 Ukraine (UKR)1113
11  Switzerland (SUI)1034
12 Finland (FIN)1012
13 Czech Republic (CZE)1001
14 Great Britain (GBR)0101
 Lithuania (LTU)0101
16 Belarus (BLR)0011
 Estonia (EST)0011
 Netherlands (NED)0011
Totals (18 nations)363636108


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  3. ""Olimpiada" de la Braşov costă 60 de milioane de euro" (in Romanian). ProSport. 12 February 2013.
  4. "EYOWF 2013 Volunteers Department". EYOWF 2013. Retrieved 19 February 2013.
  5. "EYOWF 2013 Logo and Mascot". EYOWF 2013. Retrieved 18 February 2013.
  6. "EYOWF 2013: 400 volunteers will ensure a smooth running of the European Youth Olympic Festival". EYOWF 2013. Retrieved 19 February 2013.
  7. "EYOWF Applications for iPhone and iPad". EYOWF 2013. Retrieved 19 February 2013.
  8. "EYOWF Details". EYOWF 2013. Retrieved 19 February 2013.
  9. "Începe Festivalul Olimpic al Tineretului European. TVR transmite în direct competiţiile" (in Romanian). TVR News. 16 February 2013.
  10. "Ceremonia de deschidere a Festivalului Olimpic al Tineretului European, în direct la TVR 1" (in Romanian). TVR. 13 February 2013.
  11. "Overall sports programme at the EYOWF 2013" (PDF). EYOWF 2013. Retrieved 18 February 2013.
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