European Youth Olympics Festival

Who began with us

Since the first EYOF edition in 1991, many future stars began their sports careers during both summer and winter Festivals.

They then became winners and medallists at the Olympic Games, World Championships, European Championships, and World Cups.

Gold medallists from EYOFs and Olympic Games

Martin Koch

Ski Jumping
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AUT

Gold Medal EYOF Poprad Tatry 1999 Olympic Medal in Torino 2006

Kim Gevaert

Athletics
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BEL

Gold Medal EYOF Bath 1995 Olympic Medal in Beijing 2008

Louise Bager Norgaard

Handball
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DEN

Gold Medal EYOF Esbjerg 1999 Olympic Medal in Athens 2004

Jarij Zviadauri

Judo
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GEO

Gold Medal EYOF Murcia 2001 Olympic Medal in Athens 2004

Eva Risztov

Swimming
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HUN

5 Gold Medals EYOF Esbjerg 1999 Olympic Medal in London 2012

Massimiliano Rosolino

Swimming
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ITA

Gold Medal EYOF Valkenswaard 1993 Olympic Medal in Sydney 2000

Gabriela Szabo

Athletics
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ROU

Gold Medal EYOF Bruxelles 1991 Olympic Medal in Sydney 2000

Maria Olaru

Artistic Gymnastics
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ROU

Gold Medal EYOF Lisboa 1997 Olympic Medal in Sydney 2000

Oana Ban

Artistic Gymnastics team
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ROU

Gold Medal EYOF Murcia 2001 Olympic Medal in Athens 2004

Camelia Potec

Swimming
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ROU

Gold Medal EYOF Bath 1995 and Lisboa 1997 Olympic Medal in Athens 2004

Sandra Izbasa

Artistic Gymnastics
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ROU

Gold Medal EYOF Lignano Sabbiadoro 2005 Olympic Medal in Beijing 2008 and London 2012

Carolina Kluft

Athletics
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SWE

Gold Medal EYOF Esbjerg 1999 Olympic Medal in Athens 2004

Lina Andersson

Cross Country Skiing
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SWE

Gold Medal EYOF Sundsvall 1997 Olympic Medal in Torino 2006

Anja Paerson

Alpine Skiing
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SWE

Gold Medal EYOF Sundsvall 1997 Olympic Medal in Torino 2006

Pieter Van den Hoogenband

Swimming
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NED

Gold Medal EYOF Valkenswaard 1993 Olympic Medal in Sydney 2000

Elena Zamolodchikova

Artistic Gymnastics
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RUS

Gold Medal EYOF Lisboa 1997 Olympic Medal in Sydney 2000

Evgeny Plushenko

Figure Skating
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RUS

Gold Medal EYOF Sundsvall 1997 Olympic Medal in Torino 2006

Other big names that began their sports career at an EYOF

Alpine Skiers

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CRO

Janica Kostelič

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ITA

Denise Karbon

Cross Country Skiers

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NOR

Marit Björgen

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RUS

Yulija Tchepalova

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SUI

Dario Cologna

Ski Jumper

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FIN

Janne Happonen

Figure Skater

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ESP

Javier Fernández

Nordic Combiner

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FRA

Jason Lamy Chappuis

Cyclist

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ITA

Fabian Cancellara

Tennis player

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BEL

Justine Henin

Sprinter

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BEL

Kim Gevaert

High Jumper

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BEL

Tia Hellebaut

Middle Distance Runner

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NED

Ellen Van Langen

Judoka

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Lena Göldi

Ice Hockey player

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Tomas Pleaknec

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