Winter Youth Olympics

Publication date: 11 Aug 2022

About the Winter Youth Olympic Games

These are Special Olympic Games for athletes aged 15 to 18 years. They have been held since 2012, every four years.

The main aim of the Games is to involve young athletes in the Olympic movement as well as to prepare them psychologically and to select young athletes for participation in future Olympic Games. 

Official website of the olympic games 

The 2024 Winter Youth Olympics

The IV Winter Youth Olympic Games will be held in Gangwon Province, South Korea, from 19 January to 1 February. 2024. The sports in which the athletes will participate are:

  • Figure skating;
  • Short track;
  • Speed skating;
  • Ice hockey;
  • Curling;
  • Alpine skiing;
  • Freestyle;
  • Snowboarding;
  • Cross-country skiing;
  • Nordic Combined;
  • Ski Jumping;
  • Biathlon;
  • Bobsleigh;
  • Skeleton;
  • Luge

Depending on the sport, the competitions will take place on snow or ice arenas.

Official website of the Winter Youth Olympiad

History of the Winter Youth Olympic Games

The Winter Youth Olympics were organized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on 7 July 2007. There was first Winter Youth Olympics in Austria. The first competition involved 1059 athletes who competed in 63 sets of medals in 7 sports.

Winners of the 2020 Winter Youth Olympics

The year Venue Results/ Medals by country
2020 Switzerland Russia: gold (10), silver (11), bronze (8)

Switzerland: gold (10), silver (6), bronze (8)

Japan: gold (9), silver (7), bronze (1)

2016 Norway USA: gold (10), silver (6), bronze (0)

South Korea: gold (10), silver (3), bronze (3)

Russia: gold (7), silver (8), bronze (9)

2012 Austria Germany: gold (8), silver (7), bronze (2)

China: gold (7), silver (4), bronze (4)

Austria: gold (6), silver (4), bronze (3)


Ukraine is tentatively keen to host the Winter Youth Olympics in 2028, but this information is not yet final.

Keep an eye on the dates of the Olympic Games and other events in our Sports events calendar.

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