About Lillehammer 2016
The Lillehammer 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games drew to a close Feb. 21, 2016, following 10 days of competition between approximately 1,100 athletes representing 71 nations. The Games, which featured 70 medal events across all 15 sport disciplines on the 2018 Olympic program, saw Team USA collect 16 medals, doubling its medal haul from the inaugural Winter Youth Games in 2012. Of the 16 medals, 10 were gold, which tied for the most from any nation. 

Building on the successful experience of the inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games in 2012, the 2016 event featured all 15 sport disciplines on the program for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games. The competition schedule included 70 medal events – including the debut of monobob, cross-country cross, biathlon super sprint and a Nordic team event.

Team USA competed in 64 medal events across all 15 sport disciplines, earning 45 top-10 finishes, including three fourth-place finishes. Overall, U.S. athletes won medals in seven disciplines – alpine skiing, curling, figure skating, freestyle skiing, ice hockey, Nordic combined and snowboarding. 

The Games repurposed venues from the 1994 Olympic Winter Games. In addition to Lillehammer, sports were also contested in the districts of Oslo, Hamar, Gjøvik and Øyer.

For more information on the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games, visit Lillehammer2016.com.

By the Numbers
1,100+ athletes
70 National Olympic Committees
70 medal events
7 sports, 15 disciplines
10 competition days
11 competition venue
6 non-competition venues
3,000 volunteers

About YOG
The Youth Olympic Games are an international multi-sport event held in conjunction with the IOC that takes place every four years consistent with the current format of the Olympic Games.

All participating athletes must between the ages of 15-18 as of Dec. 31 of the Games year. Participants are selected by the National Olympic Committees based on qualification criteria from the International Federations and the International Olympic Committee.   

Similar to the Olympic Games, the Youth Olympic Games are designed to integrate sport with education and culture, inspiring participants to live by the Olympic values and become ambassadors of Olympism. Integrated into the event is a unique culture and education program – Learn & Share – that is designed to equip athletes with the skills they need to succeed both on and off the field of play.