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Lausanne details ‘two-wave’ system for Youth Olympics

The Single Mixed Biathlon Relay at the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway. (by Arnt Folvik/YIS/IOC via Getty Images)

Lausanne 2020 has revealed an innovative ‘two-wave’ system for its staging of the Winter Youth Olympic Games, with the official competition schedule designed to ensure athletes have a shorter stay on-site.

The Swiss city will host the third edition of the Winter YOG from January 9-22, with a total of 81 competitions to be held at eight different sites over the 13 days following the opening ceremony. The two-wave organisation system will allow for a significantly increased hosting capacity for Lausanne 2020.

The first wave of competitions will commence with alpine skiing in Les Diablerets, biathlon in Les Tuffes and ski mountaineering, which will be making its debut in the Olympic Games, in Villars.

Lausanne will be the host of figure skating and mixed National Olympic Committee three-on-three ice hockey, a new competition format proposed and developed by the International Ice Hockey Federation and Lausanne 2020. This first wave of competitions will also be marked by four days of speed skating on the frozen lake of St. Moritz.

January 16 will be the date for the transition to the second wave of competitions. St. Moritz’s historic natural Olympia Bob Run will host its first luge, bobsleigh and skeleton Olympic competitions since 1948.

The French station of Les Tuffes will welcome ski jumping and Nordic combined, while its Swiss neighbour, Vallée de Joux, will host cross-country skiing. Freestyle skiing and snowboard will take place in Villars and Leysin.  Lausanne will stage five days of six-team tournaments in ice hockey and the short track speed skating competitions. Curling will run across the whole Games time, taking place in Champéry from January 10-22.

Simone Righenzi, head of sports for Lausanne 2020, said: “This competition schedule is a labour of love that is three years in the making, and we have designed it in the best way possible to meet the needs of every stakeholder.

“We are incredibly proud of the work that has been done and now that the schedule has been revealed to the public, we are looking forward to activating each competition site during Games time.”

Lausanne 2020 will operate a system whereby all sports competition will be free to access for spectators.