YOG – Lausanne 2020; Legacy Vision

The Lausanne 2020 legacy
The Youth Olympic Games, as the name indicates, are first of all Olympic Games. They are therefore an international sporting event on the highest level during which 1800 young people, ages 15 to 18 from 70 nations, will compete for medals in 8 different sports. But the concept of the YOG goes far beyond sporting performance alone: They also have an educational, cultural and festive mission. For the athletes on the one hand, but also – and especially – for the population, particularly the youth, of our region.

Lausanne 2020 is guided by a principle, that of guaranteeing a positive legacy on the long term for future generations by putting sustainability at the heart of the event: before, during and after the Youth Olympic Games. The Lausanne 2020 legacy takes several forms: a sporting legacy, on the one hand, but also a social one, an educational one and a legacy in terms of infrastructure.

The educational legacy
The educational legacy of Lausanne 2020 is reflected in a myriad of projects that seek to involve students and apprentices of the region, as well as primary and secondary school children, to work to prepare and organise the Youth Olympic Games. In this way, they play an active role before and during the Games. For example, Lausanne 2020 works with apprentices to create the mascot, pictograms andvisual identity of the YOG. For their part, students are in charge of developing different concepts, such as managing food service during the YOG or organising accommodations. Finally, School children from Vaud are highly involved in different projects, particularly Radiobus a school radio that offers the possibility to create reports, chronicles or live programmes… with the objective of covering the YOG.

The social legacy
The social legacy is present in the organisation of the Games itself: a joint project, supported by innumerable stakeholders who all feel the same pride in being part of such a unique and unifying event. Young people are not overlooked, since Lausanne 2020 has entrusted them with important responsibilities in preparing the Games.

The sporting legacy is obviously prominent also: The organisation of the Youth Olympic Games represents a great opportunity to invest in sport in a sustainable and intelligent way, be it amateur or competitive sport. To this end, Lausanne 2020 works in partnership with Swiss Olympic, national and international sports federations and different local sporting players to put together projects that focus on developing sport in Switzerland.

Legacy in terms of infrastructures
When speaking about the Olympic Games, whether Youth or traditional, quite often the need for infrastructures that they entail is brought up in the conversation. In this debate, we often forget the central element behind the reason why intelligent infrastructures are desirable: the positive impact on the quality of life of the communities that will use them once the Games are over. Up till now, Lausanne 2020 has made it possible in particular to develop five major sporting projects:

First of all, construction of the new Malley ice skating rink (9700 seats) was sped up. It will be used during the YOG, then long-term by the Lausanne Hockey Club as well as the public of the surrounding area. It will host the Ice Hockey World Championship a mere four months after the Youth Olympic Games;

Secondly, the Diablerets resort, the venue for the alpine skiing competitions during the YOG, will benefit from the impact of the event with the installation of a new ski lift, works done to improve winter and summer activities, as well as a new ski run that meets the International Ski Federation (ISF) standards;

Thirdly, the facilities in the Leysin township, the venue where the acrobatic ski and snowboard competitions will take place, were also extensively renovated to the benefit of future generations, with a brand new snowpark that meets the International Ski Federation (ISF) standards;

Fourthly, hosting the YOG made it possible to sign of a cross-border agreement between the French Jura Department and the Swiss Nordic Ski teams. In virtue of this agreement, over the next twenty years the Swiss teams will be able to use the renovated facilities in Prémanon (FRA), the ski jumping, biathlon and Nordic combined venue. In the same region, in the Vallée de Joux, the Games have revitalised the Nordic disciplines;

Finally, the Youth Olympic Games helped to develop short track speed skating in French-speaking Switzerland and to promote the practise of this sport on the long-term.

Another legacy worth underlining is the residential zone of the Lausanne Youth Olympic Village, the famous ellipse-shaped building on the University of Lausanne campus. Built to accommodate 1880 athletes in 712 rooms and apartments during the YOG, after the Games the Vortex will be converted into student lodgings that the University is in great need of.

Lausanne 2020 is working toward creating an event that will mark its time and its generation, not only because it will be the opportunity to celebrate the positive universal Olympic values with the youth of the world, but also because it will have been anchored in a long-term vision for the host country.


Source: Lausanne 2020

YOG – Lausanne 2020; Events and Athlete quotas


Sport Discipline Events – Men Events – Women Events – Mixed Total
Biathlon -Sprint 7.5km
-Individual 12.5km
-Sprint 6km
-Individual 10km
-Mixed Relay
-Single Mixed Relay
Bobsleigh Bobsleigh -Monobob -Monobob 2
Skeleton -Individual -Individual 2
Curling -Mixed Team
-Mixed NOC Doubles
Ice Hockey -6 Team Tournament
-Mixed NOC 3 on 3 Tournament
-6 Team Tournament
-Mixed NOC 3 on 3 Tournament
Luge -Single
-Team Relay 5
Skating Figure Skating -Single -Single -Pairs
-Ice Dance
-Mixed NOC Team Event
Short Track Speed Skating -500m
-Mixed NOC Relay 5
Speed Skating -500m
-Mass Start
-Mass Start
-Mixed NOC Team Sprint 7
Skiing Alpine Skiing -Slalom
-Giant Slalom
-Alpine Combined
-Giant Slalom
-Alpine Combined
-Parallel Mixed Team Event 9
Freestyle Skiing -Ski Halfpipe
-Ski Slopestyle
-Ski Big Air
-Ski Cross
-Ski Halfpipe
-Ski Slopestyle
-Ski Big Air
-Ski Cross
Snowboard -Snowboard Halfpipe
-Snowboard Slopestyle
-Snowboard Big Air
-Snowboard Cross
-Snowboard Halfpipe
-Snowboard Slopestyle
-Snowboard Big Air
-Snowboard Cross
Cross-Country Skiing -Sprint
– Cross Country Cross
– Cross Country Cross
Nordic Combined -Individual NH/10km -Individual NH/5km 2
Ski Jumping -Individual -Individual -Mixed Teams 3
Combined Disciplines -Nordic Mixed Team NH 4×3.3km
-Ski Snowboard Cross Mixed Team
Ski Mountaineering -Sprint
-Mixed NOC Relay 5


Athlete quotas

Sport Discipline Events Age Male Female Total
Biathlon 6 17-18 100 100 200
Bobsleigh Bobsleigh 2 15-18 18 18 36
Skeleton 2 15-18 20 20 40
Curling 2 15-18 48 48 96
Ice Hockey 4 15-16 206 206 412
Luge 5 15-18 50 50 100
Skating Figure Skating 5 15-19 38 38 76
Short Track Speed Skating 5 16-18 32 32 64
Speed Skating 7 16-18 32 32 64
Skiing Alpine Skiing 9 17-18 80 80 160
Freestyle Skiing 8 16-18 64 64 128
Snowboard 8 16-18 64 64 128
Cross-Country Skiing 6 16-18 80 80 160
Nordic Combined 2 16-18 40 40 80
Ski Jumping 3 16-18 40 40 80
Combined Disciplines 2
Ski Mountaineering 5 17-18 24 24 48
Total 81 936 936 1872


Source: The International Olympic Committee

YOG – Lausanne 2020; Pictograms

Image: Lausanne 2020


Image: Lausanne 2020 on Twitter


Press release by Lausanne 2020:

Lausanne 2020 reveals its pictograms 300 days before kick-off
Pictograms, graphic representations of sports disciplines, are a core element of the visual expression of the Olympic Games. In line with its ambition to active involve young people in the preparation and organization of the event, Lausanne 2020 has entrusted the development of the pictograms to ERACOM (Ecole romande d’arts et communication de Lausanne), a Lausanne-based arts school. With 300 days to go before the Opening Ceremony, the pictograms were official unveiled today by Lausanne 2020.

ERACOM, whose apprentices have already created Lausanne 2020’s mascot “Yodli”, which was introduced to the public early this year, gathered three classes from its graphics department for this new project. A total of 36 apprentices worked together to produce the 16 pictograms, which represent each of the winter sports included in the Lausanne 2020 programme.

Upon the unveiling of the pictograms, Adrien Jenni, Director of ERACOM, said: “We are very proud of these young first-year apprentices, who showed a lot of ambition and hard work towards this one-year project. From around thirty initial proposals, three were shortlisted, with the winner named by a jury including representatives of ERACOM, Lausanne 2020 and the IOC. Just like the mascot, we are delighted to see these pictograms come to life and contribute to the identity of the 2020 Youth Games.”

Once the final pictograms were chosen, a class of fourth year students from the interactive media design programme worked on their animation. These animated pictograms are visible today and will be used on all Lausanne 2020 digital platforms, before and during the Games.

Reflecting on the project, Viviane Morey, coordinator of the Lausanne 2020 projects at ERACOM, said: “To draw inspiration, we mainly focused on the athletes’ movements while practicing the different disciplines. From painting to drawing, and even some experiments using water in the schoolyard to practice Chinese calligraphy, various creative techniques were used! And we are very happy with the result. For us, it is a great source of pride to be able to contribute to the development of an Olympic event.”

Ian Logan, Director General of Lausanne 2020 also expressed his gratitude towards the project, adding: “The success of Lausanne 2020 will partly be measured by its impact within schools. Today, hundreds of young people are involved in the preparation of Lausanne 2020, developing new skills and knowledge in a variety of areas. The commitment of the youth is part of our project’s DNA and I would like to thank ERACOM for this high-quality work and fruitful collaboration. We look forward to working on more projects together.”

The Medal Design Competition for Lausanne 2020 is now open. Visit medal-design-competition.com for the rules and guidelines.


YOG – Lausanne 2020; Masterplan (January 2019)


LausanneCentre sportif de Malley / Vaudoise arénaCeremonies, Ice Hockey, Figure skating and Short track speed skating9600 SeatsNew
Youth Olympic Village
Medal Plaza
LeysinSki Freestyle (Halfpipe & Slopestyle), Snowboard (Halfpipe & Slopestyle)
Les DiableretsAlpine skiing
VillarsSki Cross, Snowboard Cross & Ski Mountaineering
ChampéryChampéry PalladiumCurlingExisting
St. MoritzSt. Moritz-Celerina Olympic BobrunBobsleigh, Skeleton and LugeExisting
Lac de Saint-MoritzSpeed skatingTemporary
Vallée de JouxCross-country skiing
Les Tuffes/Station des Rousses (France)Stade Nordique des TuffesBiathlon, Nordic combined and Ski jumpingExisting

YOG – Lausanne 2020; 1 Year to Go!

Source: Website Lausanne 2020

The final countdown is on as we’re only 1 year away from Lausanne 2020!

III Winter Youth Olympic Games
Lausanne, Switzerland
9 to 22 January 2020
Athletes expected: 1,800 (15-18 years old and from more than 80 countries)
8 Sports, 16 disciplines
8 Competition sites
Visit the Lausanne 2020 website



Yesterday, the Lausanne 2020 Mascot was revealed;