Josh Levin visited International Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarters last month in Lausanne, Switzerland, an integral part of his role as Athlete Role Model (ARM) for the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018.
During the visit, Levin gave a short presentation about his competition experiences to provide insight into how passion for Sport Climbing could be shared with the broader Olympic community. A tour of the IOC offices followed, as well as a stop at the famous Olympic Museum to learn more about the history of the Olympic Movement.
Afterward, Levin had the surprise pleasure of having a brief chat with IOC President Thomas Bach. During the conversation, they discussed the future of the Olympics and what athletes can do to create positive change in the world.
"Visiting the IOC was an absolutely incredible experience and I am truly grateful to represent Sport Climbing on the Olympic stage," says Levin. "Moving forward, I hope to share these experiences with the next generation of athletes and to pass on the Olympic Values of excellence, friendship, and respect."
In November, the IOC announced the first 25 ARMs for the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, and Sport Climbing stars Charlotte Durif and Levin were among the athletes selected to serve as role models. In Buenos Aires, the ARMs will be on-site for at least five days and will play a key role in supporting and mentoring the 3,998 young athletes participating in the Games, to share their experiences and inspire athletes to be the best they can be, both on and off the field of play.