About the YOG


The Youth Olympic Games are an elite sporting event for young people from all over the world. An event distinct from other youth sports events, as they also integrate a unique educational programme.

The sports programme is based on that of the Olympic Games, with eight sports featured on the winter programme. In addition, the programme also includes exciting new disciplines and formats such as 3x3 ice hockey, ski mountaineering and women’s double luge.

Away from the field of play and through a variety of fun and interactive activities, workshops and team-building exercises, the Learn and Share Programme gives the participating athletes the opportunity to learn about the Olympic values, explore other cultures and develop the skills to become true ambassadors of their sport.


The Youth Olympic Games aim to bring together talented young athletes aged from 15 to 18 from more than 70 National Olympic Committees around the world.

Over the 12-day period, the Winter Youth Olympic Games host 1,880 athletes and, for the first time in Winter Olympic history, there will a complete gender balance of male and female athletes at the Youth Olympic Games 2020 in Lausanne, Switzerland.

There are also non-athlete participants who play an integral part in the Games, namely the Young Reporters, Ambassadors and Athlete Role Models. Visit www.olympic.org/youth-olympic-games for more information.


Just like the Olympic Games, the Winter Youth Olympic Games are held every four years. The first and second Winter editions were held in Innsbruck, Austria, in January 2012 and Lillehammer, Norway, in February 2016.

The third Winter Youth Olympic Games will be held in Lausanne, Switzerland, between 9 and 22 January 2020.