Winter Youth Olympic Games Lillehammer 2016, officially known as the II Winter Youth Olympic Games, are taking place in and around Lillehammer, Norway.
The Winter Youth Olympic Games are taking place in Lillehammer, Hamar, Gjøvik, Øyer and Oslo, Norway, between 12 February and 21 February 2016.
This is the fourth Youth Olympic Games and the second Winter Youth Olympic Games edition.
About Youth Olympic Games
The Youth Olympic Games (YOG) are sporting events for young people, where sport meets culture and education. The vision of the Youth Olympic Games is to inspire young people around the world to participate in sport and live by the Olympic values.
The YOG consists of the same sports known from the Olympic Games, but also introduced are some new and innovative events.
The ethos of the Youth Olympics is cultural education and personal development, as well as an early introduction to the multi-sport environment.
Winter Youth Olympic Games Lillehammer 2016
The second Winter Youth Olympic Games Lillehammer 2016 are taking place from 12 to 21 February in Norway. Lillehammer 2016 is arranged in co-operation with Hamar, Gjøvik, Øyer and Oslo.
The Youth Olympic Games first took place in Singapore the summer of 2010. Two years later, Innsbruck hosted the first Winter Youth Olympic Games. The second Summer Youth Olympic Games took place in Nanjing 2014. Now, it is Lillehammer’s turn.
Lillehammer was awarded the games on 7 December 2011 as the only candidate. The games will reuse venues from the 1994 winter Olympic Games, together with the superpipe in Oslo Vinterpark.
Approximately 1,100 athletes between the ages of 15 and 18 and representing 70 countries are expected to participate. They will compete in 15 winter Olympic disciplines, and among the 70 medal events there are several new.
Winter Youth Olympic Games Stamps – Norway
The Youth Olympic Games are arranged by, for and in collaboration with young people. Both the design programme and the stamps for this year’s Winter Youth Olympic Games Lillehammer 2016 have been planned and designed by young designers.
More than 3,000 volunteers are making their mark on the ten-day event. Young people are participating as speakers, and 30,000 school children are creating the atmosphere at the arenas. In total, 200 young sports leaders from around the country have undergone a special program aiming to stimulate young volunteering also after the games.
IOC has contributed more than NOK 100 million for the Youth Olympic Village next to Stampesletta in Lillehammer. The village serves as student accommodation both before and after the games, and has already become very popular housing for students in Lillehammer.
Date of Issue: 11 January 2016
Denominations: A x 2
Source: Norway Stamps
Winter Youth Olympic Games Stamps – Monaco
Date of Issue: 3 February 2016
Denominations: 1.25 €
Source: Monaco Stamps
Alpine skiing – combined, giant slalom, slalom, super-G and parallel mixed team
Biathlon – sprint and pursuit and mixed single and team relay
Bobsleigh – monobob
Cross-country skiing – 5km free (girls), 10km free (boys), sprint classic, cross-country cross and mixed Nordic team
Curling – mixed team and mixed doubles
Figure skating – singles, pairs, ice dancing and mixed NOC team
Freestyle skiing – halfpipe, Slopestyle, ski cross
Ice hockey – team and individual skills challenge
Luge -singles, doubles and mixed team
Nordic combined – normal hill individual 5km (boys)
Short track speed skating – 500m and 1,000m
Skeleton – singles
Ski jumping – normal hill individual and mixed team
Snowboarding – halfpipe, slopestyle, snowboard cross, team snowboard ski cross
Speed skating – 500m, 1500m, mass start, team sprint