Winter Youth Olympic Games

The Youth Olympic Winter Games were hosted for the first time ever in 2012 in Innsbruck and Seefeld, Austria. Also in the upcoming Youth Olympic Winter Games to be held 2016 in Lillehammer, Norway, ice hockey will be represented with two men’s and two women’s events. Male and female athletes born in 2000 and 2001 will be eligible to participate.


Ten teams go for gold

There will be five teams each in the men’s and women’s tournaments. Four teams for each tournament from eight different nations will be selected according to a special combined men’s and women’s under-18 world ranking that will be established after the Men's and Women's U18 World Championships are completed in April 2015. Norway as the host nation will be awarded one male team and one female team to participate in each of the tournaments.

Introducing the Skills Challenge

Besides the team tournaments, an individual Skills Challenge for women and men will be held. In this event, the best 15 female and 15 male athletes from all entered nations are allowed to compete as well as athletes from the host country Norway. The participants will be selected from a global qualification program based on the series of individual skill tests designed by the IIHF. The qualification events will be hold domestically and in a Global Skills Challenge Summit in July 2015.

The following Skills Challenge competitions make up the program:

  1. Fastest Lap
  2. Shooting Accuracy
  3. Skating Agility
  4. Fastest Shot
  5. Passing Precision
  6. Puck Control

More information on the Skills Challenge competitions can be found here.

The following nations have registered for the Skills Challenge:

Argentina
Australia
Austria
Belarus
Belgium
Bulgaria
Canada
China
Chinese Taipei
Croatia
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Georgia
Germany
Great Britain
Hong Kong
Hungary
Iceland
India
Israel
Italy
Jamaica
Japan
Kazakhstan
Korea
Kuwait
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malaysia
Mexico
Mongolia
Morocco
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Poland
Qatar
Romania
Russia
Serbia
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
Thailand
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates

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