Katarina Wolfkostin and Jeffrey Chen pose for a photo at the Winter Youth Olympic Games Lausanne 2020 on Jan. 13, 2020 in Lausanne, Switzerland.
The Youth Olympic Games kicked off Jan. 9th in Lausanne, Switzerland, and saw plenty of up and coming winter athletes represent the United States on the international stage. This year’s Games included the exciting debut of ski mountaineering as well Olympic mainstays like figure skating, luge, and alpine skiing.
The U.S. team includes 99 athletes across 16 sport disciplines who will compete amongst 1,800 15-18-year old’s representing over 70 countries. The Swiss Alps are no stranger to international competition. The Winter Olympic Games were held in nearby St. Moritz in 1928 and again in 1948, and the city will host four sports at this year’s Youth Olympic Games.
Below are some favorite moments from the first week of action:
Before things kicked off in Lausanne, a few Olympic legends offered some advice, including a shout out from Usain Bolt! Plus, Olympic figure skater Karen Chen sent her brother, Jeffrey, some love from back home.
American @YouthOlympics skier Emma Resnick has a message for her @TeamUSA idol, four-time Olympic champion @Simone_Biles.— Olympic Channel (@olympicchannel) January 14, 2020
"I want you to know that you're awesome."
Watch Emma and the rest of the women's slalom field in run 2 LIVE from @Lausanne2020: https://t.co/sOFcyo9mEe pic.twitter.com/lyAQqMSBoL
Our Favorite Photos From Opening Ceremony
Team USA was looking fresh as the torch was lit at last week’s opening ceremony.
Check Out Those Dance Moves
When she isn’t flying down the slopes, alpine skier Emma Resnick stays loose with some sweet dance routines. She looks ready for Dancing with the Stars.
How does dancing help you be a top skier?@teamUSA's Emma Resnick has the answer, and with support from family friend @MikaelaShiffrin, she's aiming for the podium at @lausanne2020— Olympic Channel (@olympicchannel) January 11, 2020
Follow all the action from #lausanne2020 👉 https://t.co/p3jI8kzZX9@youtholympics@fisalpine pic.twitter.com/BitdY84jo9
Bringing Home Bronze
Team USA found plenty of success on the ice. John Toban skated his way to individual bronze in the men’s 1500-meter, and figure skating pair Jeffrey Chen and Katarina Wolfkostin also managed to grab figure skating bronze. In addition, Team USA athletes helped mixed-country teams to two podium finishes, taking part in a unique Youth Olympic tradition.
Making Its Debut
Want to see a combination of cross-county skiing, an obstacle course, and downhill skiing? Check out ski mountaineering. The sport made its Olympic debut at this year’s Youth Olympic Game’s and Team USA put together a strong showing.
How the skimo sprint works ⤵️— Team USA (@TeamUSA) January 13, 2020
Athletes qualify with a timed lap, and then the quarterfinals, semifinals and final are a mass start with 6 athletes. Let's go #TeamUSA! #Lausanne2020 pic.twitter.com/EpOaIjGsmL
Meet The Future
U.S. Ski and Snowboard’s Emma Resnick and figure skating’s Audrey Shin gave standout performances in Lausanne. There’s no doubt the future is bright for these two Youth Olympians.
MEET THE FUTURE ⤵️@SSCVail’s Emma Resnick led the way at the #Lausanne2020 Youth Olympic Games today in GS, winning the second run by .3 seconds and landing just off the podium in 4️⃣th! 🥳🇺🇸— U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team (@usskiteam) January 12, 2020
WATCH the highlights ➡️ https://t.co/Kf4j2TgXoo pic.twitter.com/wiWvYzpSBO