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The Universiade is one of the biggest international multi-sport and cultural festivals in the world which is staged every uneven-numbered year in a different city. Embracing FISU’s motto of “Excellence in Mind and Body” it brings together sport and academia. Much more than a traditional sporting competition, the Universiade incorporates educational and cultural aspects. It allows university student-athletes worldwide to celebrate with the host city in the true spirit of friendship and sportsmanship.
The Winter Universiade consists of 6 compulsory sports:
Skiing: Alpine Skiing & Nordic Skiing (Ski Jumping, Cross Country & Nordic Combined) - Biathlon - Ice Hockey (M & W) – Skating: Short Track Speed Skating, Figure Skating (Individual – Pairs – Dancing) & Synchronized Skating - Curling – Snowboarding and up to three optional sports also chosen by the host country. The event gathers some 2,500 participants from 50 countries.
Curling was first included as a medal sport in 2003.