Lausanne 2020

In 2020, the ‘Olympic Capital’ was the host city of the third Winter Youth Olympic Games.


1. General info

Photo: Martijn Giebels

III Winter Youth Olympic Games
Lausanne, Switzerland
9 to 22 January 2020
Athletes: 1,872 (15-18 years old and from 79 countries)
8 Sports, 16 disciplines, 81 events
10 Competition sites


Lausanne facts and figures

  • Situated on the shores of Lake Geneva in the French-speaking part of Switzerland
  • Capital of the Canton of Vaud
  • Population: 140.000 (fourth largest city in Switzerland)
  • Altitude: Between 375 and 900m, city centre: 495m
  • Lausanne was founded by the Romans. (a military camp that came to be known as Lousanna)
  • Lausanne is a student city with two higly regarded universities; the ‘Université de Lausanne’ and the ‘École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne’
  • Home to the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland
  • In 1915, Baron Pierre de Coubertin chose Lausanne as the location for the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee. Today, more dan 50 international sports federations and organisations are are based in Lausanne.


2. Events

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

Source: The International Olympic Committee


Read more: Lausanne 2020 Athlete quotas


3. Masterplan



4. Venues

LausanneLausanne Vaudoise ArénaCeremonies, Ice Hockey9600 SeatsNew
Lausanne Skating ArenaFigure skating and Short track speed skating-Temporary
Youth Olympic Village Lausanne
YOV Dining Hall
Medal Plaza Lausanne
St. MoritzSt. Moritz-Celerina Olympic BobrunBobsleigh, Skeleton and Luge-Existing
St. Moritz Speed Skating Oval (Lac de Saint-Moritz)Speed skating-Temporary
Youth Olympic Village St. Moritz
Medal Plaza St. Moritz
ChampéryChampéry Curling ArenaCurling-Existing
Les DiableretsLes Diablerets Alpine CentreAlpine skiing-
Les Tuffes/Station des Rousses (France)Les Tuffes Nordic CentreBiathlon, Nordic combined and Ski jumping-Existing
LeysinLeysin Park & PipeFreestyle Skiing (slopestyle, big air, half pipe) and Snowboard (slopestyle, big air, half pipe)-
Vallée de JouxVallée de Joux Cross-Country CentreCross-country skiing-
VillarsVillars Winter ParkFreestyle Skiing (cross), Snowboard (cross) and Ski Mountaineering-


Detailed info & photos


5. Youth Olympic Village

The construction of the Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Village (“Vortex”) on the campus of the Université de Lausanne has been completed. You can read more about the concept behind the design in this presentation.

After the Youth Olympic Games, the building will be used as student accommodation for 1,000 students.


Project details

  • Architect: Dürig AG (website)
  • Client: Retraites Populaires & SiPAL Canton de Vaud
  • Landscape Design: Vulkan Studio, Zürich


Youth Olympic Village facts & figures

  • 1,600 beds
  • 630 Rooms
  • 475 Studios
  • 50 Apartments
  • Courtyard: 7,800 m2
  • Construction: 2017-2019
  • Legacy: Student accommodation


Webcam construction

You can watch the progress of construction on this page.



Image CPEV
Image CPEV
Image CPEV
Image CPEV




6. Look of the Games




Image: Lausanne 2020

Read more here.




Torch design

Read more about the Olympic Torch Tour


7. Competition Schedule


Read more

Press release Lausanne 2020


8. Spectator Transportation


Source / more information: Lausanne 2020 – Access & Transport


9. ‘Lausanne en Jeux!’ Festival

Via Lausanne 2020;


Discover the programme of the En Jeux! festival!
From 9 to 22 January 2020, the city of Lausanne and the seven other host sites of Lausanne 2020 will live to the rhythm of the Youth Olympic Games. In addition to the sporting competitions in which the 1‘880 best young winter athletes from all over the world will surpass themselves, the en Jeux! festival will be a great opportunity for all generations to gather and participate in a large variety of activities. Sports initiations, museum visits, shows and concerts and the opportunity to enjoy local specialities ; the vast majority of activities will be free of charge, with over 300 free activities in Lausanne alone.


Read more
‘Lausanne en Jeux!’ website
Programme & Map (pdf)
Press release IOC


10. News / Blogposts

Read the latest news here