Same as during the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, ice hockey and other ice sports will be held in the city of Gangneung where the Gangneung Hockey Centre has been used for ice hockey during the years after the Olympics. Other venues in the province will be PyeongChang (Nordic and sliding disciplines), Jeongseon High 1 (Alpine skiing and dual moguls) and Hoengseong (for the remaining freestyle skiing and snowboard events).
Similar to the last YOG, there will be four ice hockey events: men’s and women’s ice hockey tournaments with six teams each as well as men’s and women’s 3-on-3 tournaments.
In total 424 athletes will participate in the ice hockey events, 108 female and 108 male players in the regular ice hockey tournaments, and 104 players of each gender in the 3-on-3 tournaments.
The teams and participants will become known in 2023.
The 1,900 participating athletes will stay in one of the two Youth Olympic Villages (YOVs): Gangneung-WonjuNational University YOV or Jeongseon High 1 Ski Resort YOV. This will ensure sustainable Games, an optimised spectator experience, and strong mobilisation and participation in the local youth activities and athletes’ educational programmes. In addition, with a new focus on the Jeongseon area, this master plan opens new long-term prospects for Gangwon province and Jeongseon county.
Coordination Commission Chair and IOC Member Hong Zhang said: “With this plan, the Winter Youth Olympic Games Gangwon 2024 represent a symbolic bridge between the legacy of the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, the empowerment of tomorrow's youth and the future transformation of an entire region.”
Shin Chang-jae, President of the Gangwon 2024 Winter Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee (GYOGOC), said: “These future Games already prefigure the founding principle of ‘togetherness’ at all stages of creation. The Gangwon 2024 Organising Committee is honoured to have the full support of the Gangwon region and Jeongseon county. It is a promise for the future of a region, but also for a whole generation.”
The Youth Olympic Games were established by the IOC as a high-level multi-sports event. They are a unique combination of athletic performance, a purpose-driven sports festival and an incubator for innovation which bring young elite athletes aged from 15 to 18 together to develop their sports skills, live out the Olympic values and share their experience with other young athletes from around the world. The 1stWinter Youth Olympic Games were hosted by Innsbruck in 2012, and they have been held every four years since then including Lillehammer 2016 and Lausanne 2020.