The Youth Olympic Games are an international Olympic sporting event of the highest level for athletes aged 15 to 18. They combine sports performance, culture and education in an authentic celebration of sport with a festive atmosphere. The aim is to encourage young people to adopt and represent the positive values of sport – respect for others, for themselves and for our environment; friendship between people and cultures; and, excellence in self-giving – and to become sports ambassadors throughout the world.
Lausanne 2020 is seeking to create a new sports platform for young people by actively involving them in the preparation and organisation of the event. This means engaging the local, regional and even national population around a unique, unifying occasion, that seeks to create a better world.
Upon their arrival in the host city, athletes stay in the Olympic Village. While at the Games, their time is not devoted exclusively to competing: it is also an opportunity for them to meet other athletes from different countries and cultures. Lausanne 2020 will have two Olympic Villages: one in Lausanne and the other in St. Moritz.
The mascot is one of the central elements of Olympic Games since 1972. Often reflecting the culture and the history of the region, it represents the spirit of the Modern Olympic Games. Lausanne 2020 revealed its official mascot a year to the day before the opening of the 3rd Winter Youth Olympic Games. Its name is «Yodli».
One month before the opening of the Games,, Lausanne 2020 unveiled their official song. As the outcome of a competition launched in collaboration with the Haute Ecole de Musique Vaud Valais Fribourg (HEMU), the song entitled "Start now" is one of the emblems of the Games and the expression of the values of Lausanne 2020. Four young singers from the country's four linguistic regions lend their voices to the song around an English chorus.
Pictograms, graphic representations of sports disciplines, are a core element of the visual expression of the Olympic Games. In line with its ambition to actively involve young people in the preparation and organisation 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. The Organising Committee unveiled them 300 days before the Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games get underway.
Designers and artists from around the world were invited to participate in the competition to design the medal that the three top athletes in each category will wear around their neck in January 2020. The winning Entry of the IOC Medal Design Competition for the Lausanne 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games has been chosen. It was submitted by 20-year-old Zakea Page from New Zealand and is entitled “Beauty In Diversity”.
The goal of Lausanne 2020 is to reveal talent, create synergies, involve thousands of young people and put together a true celebration. To reach this objective, and in order to promote the Olympic spirit throughout Switzerland and neighbouring France, Lausanne 2020 has surrounded itself with ambassadors. High-level athletes who hold and endorse its values, and who inspire the next generation of athletes.
Entitled ‘On the road to Lausanne 2020’, the show will provide a behind the scenes look at the preparation of the 3rd Winter Youth Olympics. Viewers will get to discover the different competition venues, meet the key figures responsible for the organisation of the Games, see how local youngsters are interacting with the Games, and find out more about the history of the Youth Olympics.