2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games

2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games

- February 15, 2016

The Winter Youth Olympic Games may be a relatively new event, but it is just as exciting as the senior-level edition of this major sporting event.

This year, the Winter Youth Olympic Games is being held at Lillehammer, Norway, between 12 and 21 February. Also referred to as Lillehammer 2016, this major sporting event hosts 15 sports disciplines. About 1,100 athletes from 70 countries, between the ages 15 and 18 are competing in various events, including alpine skiing, biathlon, figure skating, snowboarding, speed skating, among many others.

Lillehammer 2016

Lillehammer 2016 is the second winter edition of the Youth Olympic Games. The first one took place on 13-22 January 2012 in Innsbruck, Austria. Lillehammer was awarded the games after being the only city to bid for the hosting rights. This year, the Winter Youth Olympic Games will use venues from the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Olympics.

Sports Events in the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games

Over 1,100 athletes are competing for 70 gold medals in 15 sports' disciplines at the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games.

Popular Winter Olympic games like alpine skiing, speed skating and figure skating are part of the events roster.

Some of the games this year are showcasing new formats. Ice hockey participants can now join a skills challenge event where they can demonstrate their stick, puck and skates expertise in six different ability levels. The young Olympians can also compete in the monobob – a variation of the standard two-man and four-man bobs. Curling now features a mixed-doubles event that allows boys and girls from different countries to pair up and compete together.

Here's a breakdown of the featured sports events in the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games:

Sports EventCategories
Alpine SkiingCombined, Giant Slalom, Slalom, Super-G and Parallel Mixed Team
BiathlonSprint and Pursuit and Mixed Single and Team Relay
Cross-Country Skiing5km Free (Girls), 10km Free (Boys), Sprint Classic, Cross-Country Cross and Mixed Nordic Team
CurlingMixed Team and Mixed Doubles
Figure SkatingSingles, Pairs, Ice Dancing and Mixed NOC Team
Freestyle SkiingHalfpipe, Slopestyle, Ski Cross
Ice HockeyTeam and Individual Skills Challenge
LugeSingles, Doubles and Mixed Team
Nordic CombinedNormal Hill Individual 5km (Boys)
Short Track Speed Skating500m and 1,000m
Ski JumpingNormal Hill Individual and Mixed Team
SnowboardingHalfpipe, Slopestyle, Snowboard Cross and Team Snowboard Ski Cross
Speed Skating500m, 1500m, Mass Start and Team Sprint

Who Graduated from the Winter Youth Olympic Games?

The Winter Youth Olympic Games is the best venue to nurture the future generation of adult-level Olympians.

Freestyle skier Katie Summerhayes – one of the popular athletes from Innsbruck 2012 – graduated from the Winter Youth Olympics to compete at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games.

Summerhayes became the first British female skier to win a World Cup event after taking home the silver medal in the 2015 slopestyle category.

Along with Summerhayes, silver medal-winning Olympian from Innsbruck 2012, Jazmin Sawyers, moved back to her track and field roots in the 2014 Commonwealth Games. She won another silver medal in the long jump event.

The 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games is currently ongoing, and as of this writing the United States tops the medal tally with five gold and two silver medals. South Korea has the same quantity of medals, but with four gold, one silver and two bronze medals. Keep visiting HitYah Sports News  and we'll update you with the final list of winners for the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games.

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