The 2nd Winter Youth Olympic Games will go down February 12-21st, 2016. 1 100 young athletes from 70 nations will gather for 10 days of sports, education and celebration in Lillehammer, Hamar, Gjøvik, Øyer and Oslo.
70 medal events within 15 traditional Winter diciplines are on the schedule, brand new events included. Monobob
, Nordic Team Event, Cross-Country Cross
and Biathlon Super Sprint are some of the new sporting events you’ll see as Olympic events for the first time in February 2016.
3 000 volunteers will create the next Youth Olympic Games. Volunteers in a broad spectre of functions will gain experiences and memories for life. Their skills will be valuable both for their own careers, for future sporting events and for daily sports activity.
The Olympic venues from the 1994 Winter Olympic Games will be reused for Lillehammer 2016, together with the superpipe in Wyller. Reuse is an important focus behind Lillehammer 2016, but we will also contribute to development through new investments in venues and equipment. Improvements are done in most venues and new venues for Curling and Ice hockey have been built. Hafjell Alpine Centre has seen substantial upgrades, gaining status as National venue for technical Alpine diciplines.
The greatest investment for the Games is the Youth Olympic Village (YOV) at Stampesletta. IOC has contributed with 108 million NOK to the village which already from fall 2015 will house 360 new student appartments. During the YOG, 900 athletes will live in the YOV.
Go beyond. Create tomorrow.
Learning combined with innovative new sporting events will go beyond, and create the sport of tomorrow. Lillehammer 2016 is intended to be Games for, with and by youth, not only for the 1 100 young athletes. The visual profile of the Games and the mascot Sjogg is designed by young designers; young speaker talents will keep the spectators warm in the Winter cold, and near 30 000 kids and youth from local schools will be among these spectators, experiencing a complete day of Lillehammer 2016. 200 Young leaders of sports from all over Norway are educated for responsibilities during the Games, and for future contributions to their own sports. These and many others will build skills and joy of sport for the future.