The Youth Olympic Games are an international Olympic sporting event of the highest level for athletes aged 15 to 18.
They combine sports performance, culture and education in an authentic celebration of sport with a festive atmosphere. The aim is to encourage young people to adopt and represent the positive values of sport - respect for others, for themselves and for our environment; friendship between people and cultures; and, excellence in self-giving - and to become sports ambassadors throughout the world.
From January 9 to 22 2020, Lausanne will be welcoming the third edition of the Winter Youth Olympic Games. Twenty-six years after obtaining the title of Olympic Capital, Lausanne will become an Olympic city by hosting the second largest multisports winter event after the Olympic Winter Games. This event will offer a unique and unforgettable Olympic experience to young athletes. The combination of culture, performance and education will give rise to a genuine celebration of sports!
The city of Lausanne will be at the heart of the Youth Olympic Games, and will host the Youth Olympic Village, the ceremonies and all icesports, (ice hockey, short track speed skating and figure skating). Curling will take place in Champéry.
The Alpine skiing, ski mountaineering, freestyle skiing and snowboard events will take place inthe towns of Les Diablerets, Leysin and Villars in the Vaud Alps.