The Youth Olympic Villages
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 Lausanne Youth Olympic Village
When the young athletes from over 70 National Olympic Committees meet in Switzerland in January 2020 for the third Winter YOG, they will mainly be housed in the Vortex, an architectural jewel at the heart of the University of Lausanne (UNIL) campus. After that, as of summer 2020, students, staff and academic visitors will fill the premises, making this temporary Olympic Village an exceptional and sustainable location on the university campus.
With its 27-meter height, the Vortex looks like a ring in which 712 units (including studio apartments, full apartments and dormitory rooms) are spread along a gently sloped 2.8-km spiral ramp.
Construction of the building began in May 2017 and will be completed in October of this year. Located on the West side of Lausanne on the lakeside, the university campus is also home to the Lausanne Federal Polytechnique School (EPFL), the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law and the International Academy of Sports Sciences and Techniques. Over 30,000 people study and work on the campus every day.
The St. Moritz Youth Olympic Village
Roughly 240 Lausanne 2020 athletes will travel to the birthplace of winter sports, in the canton of Grisons. This resort, which has held the Olympic Games twice in the past (1928 and 1948), will give a first Olympic experience to young Bobsleigh, Luge, Skeleton and long track Speed Skating athletes.
The 240 athletes from all over the world will loge in a hostel a few minutes’ walk from the legendary Bobsleigh, Skeleton and Luge run, the « Olympia Bob Run St. Moritz-Celerina » and from the frozen natural lake where the Speed Skating events will take place. A terrific flashback to the 1948 Games in St. Moritz, since these events were held at the exact same spot.