June 19, 2012
Lillehammer Curling Arena was officially opened on Tuesday by International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge.
The four sheet facility is the latest dedicated curling facility to open in Norway. Lillehammer, which hosted the 1994 Olympic Winter Games, will host the second edition of the Winter Youth Olympic Games in 2016.
Rogge was assisted at the opening ceremony by Norway’s Minister for Culture Anniken Huitfeldt. WCF Vice President Bent Ånund Ramsfjell also attended the event along with Norwegian Curling Association Secretary General Pål Trulsen. Both Ramsfjell and Trulsen, Salt Lake City Olympic gold medallists, have been active in promoting the construction and development of dedicated curling facilities in Norway since their Olympic success ten years ago.
Within the last year, half a dozen new curling facilities have opened their doors to the public. Curling has enjoyed a wave of interest due to the ‘fancy pants’ worn by the Norwegian men’s Olympic curling team during the Vancouver games in 2010.
To mark the opening of the new facility in Lillehammer, IOC President Jacques Rogge was presented with a pair of Norwegian curling pants by WCF Vice President Bent Ånund Ramsfjell.
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