YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES – GANGWON 2024

YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES - GANGWON 2024

The fourth edition of the Winter Youth Olympic Games 2024 will be hosted in Gangwon province, specifically in the cities of Pyeongchang and Gangneung in the Republic of Korea, which were the venues for the successful Olympic Winter Games in 2018.

Gangwon 2024 youth olympics aims to build on the achievements of the PyeongChang 2018 Games and continues the vision of introducing winter sports to a new generation of athletes. The hosting of the Winter Youth Olympic Games 2024 reflects the substantial investment made by the Republic of Korea in developing winter sports, both within the country and across Asia.

To mark the 500-day countdown to Gangwon 2024 Schedule, the Winter Youth Olympic Games 2024 Organising Committee (YOGOC) held an event at the PyeongChang Olympic Museum with local youth, launching the slogan “Grow Together, Shine Forever.”

Overview of the Gangwon 2024 Winter Youth Olympic Games Selection Procedures 2024

QUALIFICATION

According to the FIS Qualification System, each country must qualify its quotas in accordance with the International Federation (FIS) requirements. Please use the following links to access the most recent Quota Simulation:

Athletes who satisfy the minimum qualification standards specified in the FIS Qualification System are eligible for consideration under the Snow Australia Nomination & Selection Criteria.

NOMINATION

The Snow Australia Nomination & Selection Policy’s requirements must be met in order to be nominated. As the ‘qualifying methodology’ section above explains, eligible athletes are found by using this criteria in relation to the nation’s quota allocation. The Australia Olympic Committee (AOC) then receives athlete nominations in order to pick them.

YWOG 2024 – Nomination and Selection Criteria 

The athletes that have been nominated will subsequently be chosen by the AOC Selection Committee based on the AOC Selection Criteria. The following conditions might also be part of this process:

  • Compliance with AOC By-Laws, Policies and Standards of Behaviour
  • Signed Team Membership Agreement and Disclosure
  • Signed Entry and Eligibility Form

Qualification Timeline

  • 1 July 2022 to 17 December 2023 – YWOG 2024 qualification period
  • 18th December 2023 – FIS to inform NOC’s and NF’s of their allocated quota places through publication on the FIS Website
  • 20-21 December 2023 – FIS to reallocate all unused quota places and NOCs to confirm quota
  • 3rd January 2024 – End of reallcation period
  • 5th January 2024 – YWOG 2024 Sport Entries Deadline

Selection Timeline

  • Between the 4th December 2023 and 8th December 2023 – The Snow Australia Selection Panel will convene to provide recommendations to the national federation.
  • 20th December 2023 – Snow Australia nominates athletes to the Australia Olympic Committee (AOC) for selection to the AWYOG.
  • 20th December 2023  – Athletes will be notified of their selection or non-selection to the AWYOG.
  • 5th January 2024 – YWOG 2024 Sport Entries Deadline

WINTER YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES 2024 TICKETS

The AOC has recently announced that applications for tickets to the YWOG 2024 Winter Youth Olympic Games are now open. Tickets for the events are free, except for the Opening Ceremony in Gangneung.

Approximately 1,900 athletes from 81 different nations will participate in the Winter Youth Olympic Games from January 19th to February 1st, 2024.

Don’t miss your chance to secure your tickets below.

YWOG 2024 FACTS & VENUES

Gangwon 2024 is set to host the 4th Winter Youth Olympic Games from January 19 to February 1, 2024. With a total of 81 events, expanding on the sustainable framework established by Lausanne 2020, the Games are scheduled for a two-week period of competition and celebration. The event program was finalized with the confirmation of the venue master plan, encompassing events such as halfpipe (freestyle skiing and snowboard), dual moguls (exclusive to freestyle skiing), and cross (freestyle skiing and snowboard). The approved venues for these events were determined through collaboration with all seven Olympic Winter International Federations.

The Games will leverage the legacy of the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 and will be spread across four locations: Gangneung (for ice sports), PyeongChang (for Nordic and sliding disciplines), Jeongseon High 1 (for Alpine skiing and dual moguls), and Hoengseong (for the remaining freestyle skiing and snowboard events).

The 1,900 participating athletes will be accommodated in one of the two Youth Olympic Villages (YOVs): Gangneung-Wonju National University YOV or Jeongseon High 1 Ski Resort YOV. This arrangement ensures sustainable Games, an optimized spectator experience, and active engagement and participation in local youth activities and athletes’ educational programs. Furthermore, by focusing on the Jeongseon area, this master plan creates new long-term prospects for Gangwon province and Jeongseon county.

Coordination Commission Chair and IOC Member Hong Zhang stated, “With this plan, the Winter Youth Olympic Games Gangwon 2024 represent a symbolic bridge between the legacy of the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, the empowerment of tomorrow’s youth, and the future transformation of an entire region.”

Shin Chang-jae, President of the Gangwon 2024 Winter Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee (GYOGOC), expressed, “These future Games already embody the founding principle of ‘togetherness’ at all stages of creation. The Gangwon 2024 Organising Committee is honored to have the full support of the Gangwon region and Jeongseon county. It is a promise for the future of a region, but also for a whole generation.”

The focus on local youth participation and athlete experience is central to Gangwon 2024. Over the past 18 months, weekly virtual meetings have fostered conversations and a robust partnership to determine the most effective ways of engaging with young people. The local youth mobilization commenced last spring with the “Youth Supporters Programme,” involving thirty supporters aged between 13 and 24 in a promotional video that brought together 60 individuals from more than 12 countries. The Gangwon 2024 Organising Committee has already tested the use of digital platforms, implementing a “metaverse,” a virtual replica of Youth Olympic sites and surrounding facilities at the Korea Youth Expo in May 2021, which reached more than 4,600 people.

Background information

Gangwon (Korea) was selected as the host of the 4th Winter YOG during the 135th IOC Session in Lausanne, Switzerland, on January 10, 2020. Since then, the Gangwon 2024 Winter Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee (GYOGOC) has been established and has worked closely with the IOC and other key stakeholders to advance the planning of the Games, building on the successful delivery of the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 and the 3rd Winter YOG Lausanne 2020.

The Youth Olympic Games were introduced by the IOC as a high-level multi-sports event, offering a unique blend of athletic performance, a purpose-driven sports festival, and an incubator for innovation. These Games bring together young elite athletes aged from 15 to 18 to develop their sports skills, embody the Olympic values, and share their experiences with other young athletes from around the world. The inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games were hosted by Innsbruck in 2012, and they have been held every four years since then.

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