The Mouvement at the Youth Olympic Games
The Mouvement recently returned from the Lillehammer 2016 Youth Olympic Games, where we were part of the sporting and cultural festival, Sjoggfest. The Mouvement's practitioners also performed as part of the Opening Ceremony.
"As we seek the recognition of sports institutions, having our practice present at the Youth Olympic Games is an important step," said Mouvement president Chau Belle. "As they work to get recognition in their own countries, our members can now point to real interest in our practice on the part of the world's biggest sporting body. Our Olympic participation is all the more satisfying because we were able to remain loyal to our definition of the practice: with demonstrations and teaching but not with competitions."
We had showcases indoors, and some teaching indoors for the first weekend. Cube Sport, the makers of indoor modules, provided our stage and we are grateful for this. We even had the chance to introduce some IOC members to the practice. It was amazing to have legendary jumpers like Sergey Bubka show their support.
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When the International Olympic Committee asked if we would demonstrate and teach parkour, freerunning and Art Du Déplacement at the Youth Olympic Games they also asked if we would be happy to start as soon as possible. They did not want us to wait until the next summer Games in 2018. So we accepted a fresh obstacle: snow and ice. We were given a snow-covered parking lot and built a simple obstacle park out of recycled materials: pallets, cable drums, scaffolding and so on. Many parents of the children who came are now building their own back yard parks. And on the last day of teaching, we took a core group of kids who had been coming most days into town, to show them some spots we had found.
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Throughout our time at Lillehammer 2016, it was great to be able to meet some of the people who make some of the biggest decisions in sport, and in a few cases have them move with us.
As the Olympic Movement works to find ways to reach out to the young people it was created to serve, we showed a new way: one that is close to the way children play and easily accessible to all. Thanks to a partnership with Ubisoft, the makers of Assassin's Creed, we were also able to show a clear and positive link between the way people move in video games and the way they can move in real life. As for the future, we're discussing putting on similar activities at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games and how best to ensure recognition for the hard work of our members.
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