The Youth Olympic Games:Compete, learn and share!

The Youth Olympic Games are an international Olympic sporting event of the highest level for athletes aged 15 to 18 years old.

They combine sport performance, culture and education in an authentic celebration of sport with a festive atmosphere. The aim is to encourage youth to adopt and represent the positive values of sport - respect for others, for themselves and for our environment, friendship between people and cultures, excellence in self-giving, and to become sport ambassadors throughout the world.

Through its mission, the Youth Olympic Games aspire to be a leading example of innovation for sporting events of the future.

The vision of Lausanne 2020

To draw upon the legacy and strengths of Switzerland and live the Olympic values of friendship, excellence and respect through education, culture, innovation and sport, while organizing Youth Olympic Games that are unique and unifying in promoting a better world.

In this spirit Lausanne 2020 set the following mission:

  • Deliver an innovative Youth Olympic Games in full co-construction with the IOC.
  • Create an opportunity for all stakeholders to take ownership of the Youth Olympic Games, allowing them to actively engage in achieving their own goals.
  • Enhance the cultural and educational aspects of sport by providing high visibility to all facets of the concept of the Youth Olympic Games.
  • Unite and involve the whole region, the country of Switzerland, as well as neighboring France, to create a unifying event that spreads positivity.
  • Promote values of peace between people by creating an environment conducive to “living together”.

Lausanne 2020 will take place from January 10th to 19th , 2020.


The sports programme of the 3rd edition of the Winter Youth Olympic Games is similar to the programme of the Winter Olympic Games with variations and innovations in the disciplines that are proposed by the International Federations. The sports on the programme are:

Discover the venues here

Lausanne 2020 in numbers


Athletes between 15 and 18 years




Winter Youth Olympic Games


Days of competition and festivals



Key facts

• 1,600 beds in the Youth Olympic Village that will be transformed in students apartments after Lausanne 2020

• 7 sports and about 70 disciplines

• 8 host venues

• 9’700 seats in the new ice rink of Malley

• 3 regions, 2 countries, 1 event