The 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games (French: Les IIIe Jeux olympiques de la jeunesse d’hiver; German: Olympische Jugend-Winterspiele 2020; Italian: III Giochi olimpici giovanili invernali; Romansh: Gieus olimpics da giuvenils d’enviern 2020), officially known as the III Winter Youth Olympic Games, and commonly known as Lausanne 2020 will be the third edition of the Winter Youth Olympics; a major international multi-sport event and cultural festival for teenagers to be held in Lausanne, Switzerland, the home of the International Olympic Committee between 9 and 22 January 2020.
The Youth Olympic Games will feature 8 sports and 16 disciplines. Ski mountaineering and women’s Nordic combined will feature for the first time in an Olympic event. A mixed-NOC 3-on-3 ice hockey tournament and a women’s doubles event in luge will also be contested for the first time.
- Alpine skiing
- Cross-country skiing
- Figure skating
- Freestyle skiing
- Ice hockey
- Nordic combined
- Short track speed skating
- Ski jumping
- Ski mountaineering
- Speed skating
A total of 72 nations have qualified athletes so far. 11 NOC’s are all scheduled to make their Winter Youth Olympics debuts: Albania, Azerbaijan, Ecuador, Haiti, Kosovo, North Korea, Qatar, Singapore, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago and Turkmenistan. Haiti, Qatar and Turkmenistan have also never competed at the Winter Olympics.
The schedule is out and promises to be intense. Overall, a total of 81 competitions will be held at eight different sites over the 13 days following the Opening Ceremony. One of the main features of Lausanne 2020 will be its two-wave organisation system, an innovative solution designed to significantly increase hosting capacity by allowing each “wave” of athletes to have a shorter stay on-site. As a result, a grand total of 1880 athletes, of which a gender equal representation of 940 males and 940 females are expected to take part in the Games, allowing for exemplary diversity and a high quality of competitions.
It was announced that all events apart from the opening ceremony would be free to watch in January 2020