Crowds gather at the Closing Ceremony of the Winter Youth Olympic Games Lausanne 2020 on Jan. 22, 2020 in Lausanne, Switzerland.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- In the Olympic capital of the world, U.S. athletes joined fellow athletes, family, friends and fans from across the globe for the celebratory Closing Ceremony of the Winter Youth Olympic Games Lausanne 2020 in the heart of Lausanne, Switzerland. Leading the U.S. delegation at the closing ceremony was freestyle skier Jenna Riccomini. The 15-year-old placed fifth in women’s big air and eighth in slopestyle.
The third edition of the Winter Youth Olympic Games concluded following 13 days of competition for athletes ages 15-18. The Games featured 1,880 competitors from more than 70 nations competing in eight sports, 16 sport disciplines and 81 medal events.
Olympic dreams came to life for Team USA athletes, who had dominant performances on the snow and ice to showcase the future of the Olympic Movement. Team USA finished the Games with 11 medals, including two golds, three silvers and six bronzes, and contributed to an additional three mixed-country medals.
Freestyle skier Kiernan Fagan leaves Lausanne as a multi-medalist, earning gold in the men’s slopestyle and silver in the halfpipe. Fagan led the way for freestyle skiing athletes who claimed five medals for their sport, with additional medals from Hunter Carey (halfpipe, bronze), Hunter Henderson (slopestyle, bronze) and Hanna Faulhaber (slopestyle, bronze).
U.S. athletes also medaled in three mixed-country team events where athletes were partnered with international competitors. Five athletes contributed to the medals, including figure skaters Cate Fleming, Jedidiah Isbell and Kate Wang, long track speedskater Jon Tobon and short track speedskater Jonathan So.
In addition to world class competition and venues, U.S. athletes took part in the Games’ unique culture and education program – Learn & Share – that is designed to equip athletes with the skills they need to succeed in sports and in their daily lives.
The next edition of the Youth Olympic Games will be the Summer Youth Olympic Games, which will take place in Dakar, Senegal, in 2022.
For more information of Team USA at the Winter Youth Olympic Games Lausanne 2020, visit TeamUSA.org/Lausanne2020.
Hunter Carey, freestyle skiing halfpipe
Kiernan Fagan, freestyle skiing big air
Men’s ice hockey team
Jeffrey Chen and Katarina Wolfkostin, figure skating ice dance
Hanna Faulhaber, freestyle skiing slopestyle
Hunter Henderson, freestyle skiing slopestyle
Will Koch, cross-country skiing 10-kilometer classic
Kendall Kramer, cross-country skiing 5-kilometer classic
Jonathan Tobon, long track speedskating 1,500-meter
MIXED INTERNATIONAL TEAM EVENTS*
Gold - Jonathan So, short track speedskating mixed-country team relay
Silver - Cate Fleming, Jedidiah Isbell and Kate Wang, figure skating mixed-country team event
Silver - Jonathan Tobon, long track speedskating mixed-country team relay
*Not included in Team USA’s overall medal count