Lausanne 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games | Questions and Answers

Olympic Channel answers the most frequently asked questions about Lausanne 2020: From the qualification to athletes' age limits, and much more.

By Andrew Binner ·

The arctic winds have started blowing in the northern hemisphere, meaning that the Lausanne 2020 Winter Youth Olympics are just around the corner!

From January 9-22, the world's top 1,180 junior winter athletes will descend upon the Switzerland's fourth-biggest city, which also hosts the International Olympic Committee's headquarters.

Here, Olympic Channel answers the most frequently asked questions about the Youth Olympic Games (YOG).

In addition, you can find the full Lausanne 2020 event schedule, including streaming details on Olympic Channel here.

How do you qualify for the Youth Olympics?

Youth athletes qualified for the Youth Olympic Games 2020 through their International Federations. For each discipline, world and continental junior championships are held. The results of these championships, combined with world junior rankings and additional qualifying events allow the athletes to qualify for the YOG.
If an athlete wishes to compete in the YOG, he/she must contact their National Olympic Committee (NOC), which will inform them of the qualification criteria.

What is the age limit for the Youth Olympics?

For the Youth Olympic Games 2020, athletes must be born between 1 January 2002 and 31 December 2005.

What sports are in the Winter Youth Olympic Games?

The Youth Olympic Games will feature eight sports including: Biathlon, bobsleigh/skeleton, curling, ice hokey, luge, skating, skiing/snowboarding, and Olympic debutante sport ski mountaineering. Within these sports, there are also a few new events. For the first time ever we will see a women's Nordic combined, mixed-NOC 3-on-3 ice hockey and women's doubles in luge.

Which country will host the Youth Olympic Games 2020?

The official host city is Lausanne, Switzerland. However, events will take place in several locations over Switzerland and France. The opening and closing ceremonies, short track speed skating and ice hockey will take place in Lausanne, while the Nordic combined will take place in French resort Les Tuffes. The rest of the events will take place in western Switzerland, apart from luge, skeleton, bobsleigh and speed skating, which will take place in St. Moritz.

Which country will host the Youth Olympic Games 2022?

The 2022 summer YOG will take place in Dakar, Senegal.

How often is the Youth Olympics?

Similarly to the Winter Olympic Games, the Youth Olympic Games take place every four years.

When is the next Winter Youth Olympics?

The next winter youth Olympics host city will be announced at the 135th IOC Session in Lausanne, during the 2020 Winter Youth Olympics.

Is there a Junior Olympics?

No. The only Olympic event for the world's elite junior athletes is the Youth Olympic Games.

Where to watch the Winter Youth Olympic Games?

The Lausanne 2020 WYOG will be streamed live by the Olympic Channel. News coverage, highlights, event schedule and many more at In addition, all standalone transmissions will also be available via App on selected Connected Devices like Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Android TV.