Frequently Asked Questions

What's it all about?
The Youth Olympic Games is an innovative concept for a new sport event designed by the International Olympic Committee to inspire young people from all around the world to participate in sport and adopt and live by the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect.

The inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games will take place from the 13th to the 22nd of January 2012 in Innsbruck, Austria. The event is set to bring together over 1000 young athletes aged between 15 and 18 to compete in the fifteen official winter sport disciplines of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Programme: Alpine Skiing, Biathlon, Bobsleigh, Cross Country Skiing, Curling, Figure Skating, Freestyle Skiing, Ice Hockey, Luge, Nordic Combined, Short Track Speed Skating, Skeleton, Ski Jumping, Snowboard and Speed Skating.

Where is it all happening?
The event will be based in the Austrian city of Innsbruck (which has already hosted two Winter Olympic Games 1964 and 1976) and spread across three zones – Innsbruck, Seefeld and Küthai.

When is it?
Opening ceremony on 13th January 2012, closing ceremony on 22nd January 2012.

When will the curling events be?
The Mixed Curling Competition begins on Saturday 14th with the finals on Wednesday 18th. The Mixed Doubles event takes place from the 20th to the 22nd of January.

What is happening curling-wise?
Two curling events – national mixed teams of four (two junior men, two junior women) and inter-national mixed doubles (selected from the competing teams – one male, one female, two nationalities).

The mixed team event will be split into two round-robin divisions, looking for quarter-final qualifiers; the mixed doubles will be a straight knock-out.

Which countries will take part in the curling events?
Altogether 16 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) can send teams to take part. Countries will qualify through performances at the World Curling Federation’s 2011 European Challenge, Pacific and World Junior Championships.

The NOCs of qualified nations are free to use their own method of team selection.

Competitors in Mixed Doubles (32 teams) will be drawn from the 16 national teams, involving one boy, one girl and two nationalities in each team.

Which athletes are eligible to take part?
To be eligible for the 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games, athletes must have been born between 1 January 1994 and 31 December 1995, therefore between 16 years and 2 weeks old to 18 years and 2 weeks old at the time of the event.

Who nominates the team members?
National Olympic Committees (NOCs) will nominate individuals. NOCs are free to use the selection arrangement of their choice.

What about the cultural and education activities?
As well as competing in the curling events, athletes will also have the chance to take part in the Youth Olympic Games Culture and Education Programme which will explore the following themes – Olympism, Skills Development, Well Being & Healthy Lifestyle, Social Responsibility and Expression.

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