Lausanne 2020 chief keen to transfer expertise to Beijing 2022

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Added On January 15, 2020

 The president of the Lausanne 2020 Organizing Committee says she believes the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics can build on the experience of this year's ongoing Winter Youth Olympics in Lausanne.

 
 
The Winter Youth Olympic Games have gotten underway in Lausanne, Switzerland. The president of the Lausanne 2020 Organizing Committee spoke highly about young Chinese athletes, saying she sees a lot of potential from China.
 
The committee president has never been to China but says she is closely following the development of winter sports in the country. 
 
SOUNDBITE (English)  VIRGINIE FAIVRE, President, Lausanne 2020 Organizing Committee
 
"The Chinese love sports. You have some great mountains. We follow the previous events and all the competition, as a free style skier. I followed also the creation of the freestyle Chinese team. They have been doing really well. I think you have really talented athletes and they're going to shine in two years from now. I would just try to share as much as possible with the youth. "
 
She also has some suggestions for Beijing as it prepares for the 2022 Games, saying the games must adapt to the region and not the opposite.
 
SOUNDBITE (English) VIRGINIE FAIVRE, President, Lausanne 2020 Organizing Committee
 
"For us it was really important to leave some legacy. And the Vortex is one of our central legacy that we want to leave to the next generation of youth and students. We're in the heart of the university. They were missing some lodging, and we needed to have a village and that made sense - to build this village that will be used by the students a few months after these games. So, otherwise, we just wanted to create collaboration instead of building new infrastructure. 
 
Competition is in full swing after the 3rd Winter Youth Olympic Games opened on Jan.9.