The 2024 Winter Youth Olympic Games begin this year and are always one of the most anticipated multisport events, especially for young and aspiring talents. The Youth Olympic Games have always been a step towards a better future, enabling young talent to rise and stand on an international stage.

The tournament features young athletes from ages 15 to 18 competing in 7 different winter sports across 81 events. The event is not only a great competition but also holds aspects of cultural exchange and provides opportunities for competing players to meet up with actual Olympic athletes.

When and Where Are The Winter Youth Olympic Games 2024

The Winter Youth Olympic Games are scheduled to begin on January 19th and will go on till February 1st in Gangwon Province, South Korea. The events will be shared between Gangneung City and Pyeongchang County, which previously hosted the 2018 Winter Olympics. They will be the first Winter Youth Olympics held outside of Europe.

Winter Youth Olympic Games 2024 Schedule

The tournament’s schedule begins with the opening ceremony kicking off this January 19th and will conclude with the closing ceremony on February 1st. There will be 15 events across the whole event, and here is the complete schedule of how they will be managed and what days to look out for.

Sport Medal Day(s)
Alpine Skiing 21,22,23,24,25, 26th January
Biathlon 20,21,23, 24th January
Bobsleigh 22, 23th January
Cross-Country Skiing 29, 30th January
Curling 25th January
Figure Skating 29, 30th January
Freestyle Skiing 23,24,25,26,27,28, 31st January
Ice Hockey 25, 31st January
Luge 20,21, 23rd January
Nordic Combined 29, 31st January
Short Track Speed Skating 20,21,22, 24th January
Skeleton 22, 23rd January
Ski Jumping 20, 21st January
Snowboard 20,21,24,25, 28th January
Speed Skating 22,23,25, 26th January

What Are The Winter Youth Olympic Games 2024 Participants?

A total of 1803 athletes from 79 nations are expected to compete at this year’s Youth Games, out of which this event will be the debut season for Algeria, Nigeria, Puerto Rico, Tunisia, and the United Arab Emirates, with the latter two making their first ever Winter Olympic appearance. Here’s the complete list of participating nations at this year’s Youth Olympic Games.

Where To Buy Winter Youth Olympic Games 2024 Tickets?

You can purchase the tickets for the 2024 Youth Olympic Games from the official Gangwon ticketing website. Ticket issuance is stopped 2 hours before the start of the event and is categorized by class, starting from 30,000 KRW and going all the way up to 100,000 KRW. You can purchase the tickets for all the upcoming events right here.

Previous Youth Olympic Games Events

The Youth Olympic Games is an international multi-sport event with a short but rich history for young athletes of ages between 15 and 18 years old, organized by the International Olympic Committee. The games are held every four years in staggered summer and winter events, following the current Olympic Games format, but in reverse order.

The first summer edition was held in Singapore in 2010, while the first winter edition was held in Innsbruck, Austria in 2012. Since then, there have been four more editions of the Youth Olympic Games, each with a twist of its own. The current edition is scheduled to be hosted by South Korea.

Who Are The Previous Winners Of The Youth Olympic Games?

China and Russia have been far above the competition when it comes to the Youth Olympics. China currently has the highest gold medals, with the official count at 99, with Russia close behind with 96 medals.

However, Russia currently has the highest total number of medals, with the count coming in at 228 compared to China’s 187. Both nations have had a dominant history in the previous 3 events. Will things be different this time? This is the first time a Winter Youth Olympic is being held outside of Europe, so there might be a certain advantage to the host this time around, perhaps.

Where To Watch The 2024 Winter Youth Olympic Games?

You can livestream the entire Winter Youth Olympics through the official streaming site. The Olympic Channel is scheduled to broadcast every event in its entirety, including the opening and closing ceremonies. The Olympic Channel is free to broadcast in most regions or is provided by your local cable service, depending on where you live.

Winter Youth Olympic Games Gangwon Opening Ceremony

The 2024 Winter Youth Olympic Games will feature one of the biggest openings in the country’s history. The Opening Ceremony, which will take place at two separate arenas simultaneously, will see Korean culture celebrated by artists, dancers, and singers. The event will feature K-pop artists from across the country. It will feature boy band LUN8, girl band Triple S, rappers Ash Island and Changmo, dancers Ambiguous Dance Company, and traditional band Lennalchi.

A Preview Of The Youth Olympic Games

The Winter Youth Olympic Games Gangwon has become one of the most influential sporting events and is a great platform for young athletes to gather and have a wholesome cultural exchange and, of course a competitive tournament. The participants will also get a chance to meet their idols in their respective sports and further improve their game. South Korea will, for the first time, host a Youth Olympic tournament.

The events will be shared between Gangneung City and Pyeongchang County, which previously hosted the 2018 Winter Olympics. They will be the first Winter Youth Olympics held outside of Europe.

Here are some of the athletes to look out for in this year’s Youth Olympics.

Name Country Sport
Naoki Rossi Switzerland Figure Skating
Shin Ji-a Republic of Korea Figure Skating
Shimada Mao Japan Figure Skating
Miha Oserban Slovenia Alpine Skiing
Annika Hunt USA Alpine Skiing
Flora Tabanelli Italy Freestyle Skiing
Lucia Georgalli New Zealand Snowboard
Lee Chae-un Republic of Korea Snowboard
Choi Ga-on Republic of Korea Snowboard

Conclusion

The Winter Youth Olympic Games Gangwon kick off this January 19th and are just around the corner, with over 79 nations scheduled to participate in the event. Undoubtedly one of the biggest sporting events of the year, the Youth Olympics bring in a lot of confidence to youngsters from around the globe and also allow them to experience a true athlete experience.

Here, we’ve discussed everything you need to know before diving straight into the action. Where and how to get the tickets, watch the event, and who to look out for.

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