Welcome to Switzerland,
Welcome to Lausanne, the Olympic Capital, home of the third Winter Youth Olympic
Games. This winter, Lausanne 2020 invites you to the stunning snowy landscapes of
the Swiss Alps. Bonjour, Grüezi, Guten Tag, Buongiorno,
Hello! In January 2020 something very special
will happen in the Olympic world. For the first time since 1948 in St. Moritz the Games are coming back to the Swiss Alps for the Lausanne 2020 Winter Youth
Olympic Games. This means the most amazing Winter Olympic imagery against
breathtaking alpine backdrops is guaranteed. But also these Games will be the
first to take place in and around the Olympic Capital, home of the IOC. They
will be the first Games organized on the concept of the IOC s new norm and to
apply some of the Agenda 2020 recommendations. These will be sustainable games and in many different aspects. One of them means that fans,
athletes, officials and media will all be able to experience the famous and
precise Swiss train system to get to and from venues. We will also innovate with a
brand new format we call it a two wave system: we will have two group of
athletes coming and going one after the other, increasing the total number of
participants without extra pressure on the host. We will innovate in terms of sports and disciplines too. In 2020 we are introducing ski mountaineering for the first time in the Olympic program, a spectacular sport in a spectacular setting once again. Main Olympic sports will introduce new disciplines such as the 3vs3 hockey tournaments and the women’s Nordic Combined. All this in the first-ever gender-equal
Winter Youth Olympic Games. Let’s take a look at where this will all happen: Lausanne, the Olympic Capital will be the heart of the games. It will host the
opening and closing ceremonies and the figure skating, short track and ice hockey competitions. We are standing now in the new young center of Lausanne, the Flon Quarter will host the medal ceremony every evening. Just a few steps away from here we’ll have the main media center welcoming the media from around the world and also the international broadcast center on one of its floors. All of this next to the new Olympic House, the wonderful home of the IOC. The spectacular ring-shaped Youth Olympic Village, the Vortex, will be the first to host all athletes under one single roof in the middle of a 30,000-students university campus. Lausanne 2020 will be the first bi-national Youth Olympics with ski jumping, biathlon and Nordic combined events
taking place in neighbouring France, making the most of local solutions. The Vallée de Joux will host cross-country skiing where the sport has a long tradition. The ski resorts of Leysin, Les Diablerets and Villars will host alpine skiing, freestyle and ski mountaineering. Champéry in the Valais region is very well
known in the curling world. And last but not least, St. Moritz, home of the 1928 and 1948 Winter Olympic Games and one of the most famous ski resorts in the world,
will host two spectacular events. First all sliding events will take place on the oldest and all-natural bobsled track in the world, the famous Olympia Bob Run. And
second, the stunning landscape of St. Moritz’ frozen lake will hold speed skating.
Here too, making smart use of local solutions. The Youth Olympics are an incubator for the Games of tomorrow. For these young athletes Lausanne 2020 will be the first steps on an Olympic stage and we want that stage to be new as the games continue to evolve. In the future you will see many of our Lausanne 2020 athletes compete in the next Olympics like Beijing 2022 and beyond. We are part of the next generation of Games!
So, come join us here in January in the Olympic Capital for an experience you will never forget.
See you in Lausanne!