Olympic champion Kim named Youth Games ambassador
Olympic figure skating champion Kim Yu-na will help promote the first Winter Youth Games.
The IOC says the 21-year-old South Korean skater will join Olympic ski champions Lindsey Vonn and Benjamin Raich as an ''ambassador'' for the games, which will be held in Innsbruck, Austria, from Jan. 13-22.
Kim set a world record in winning Olympic gold at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver. She also helped Pyeongchang's winning bid for the 2018 Winter Olympics.
The International Olympic Committee says ambassadors are meant ''to inspire and mentor ... while encouraging young people from all over the world to become more active in sport.''
More than 1,000 athletes between the ages of 15 and 18 will compete in the Youth Games.