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 in the event that will be staged in Lillehammer 12-21 February 2016.


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 were selected according to a special combined men’s and women’s under-18 world ranking established after the Men's and Women's U18 World Championships in 2015. Norway as the host nation will be awarded one male team and one female team to participate in each of the tournaments.

Teams

Men's Ice Hockey Tournament:
USA
Canada
Russia
Finland
Norway

Women's Ice Hockey Tournament:
Czech Republic
Sweden
Switzerland
Slovakia
Norway

Running Order

Participating nations were able to select whether they wish to participate either in the men's or women's ice hockey tournament according to the running order based on the ranking of the U18 men's and U18 women's national teams in the 2014 and 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship program.

1. USA
2. Canada
3. Czech Republic
4. Russia
5. Finland
6. Sweden
7. Switzerland
8. Slovakia
9. Germany
10. Japan
11. France
12. Norway
13. Denmark
14. Latvia
15. Hungary
16. Belarus
17. Austria
18. Kazakhstan
19. Great Britain

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 were selected from a global qualification program based on the series of individual skill tests designed by the IIHF. The qualification events were held 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 and the participating countries and athletes can be found here.

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