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The Youth Olympic Games – Lausanne 2020

26 years after becoming the Olympic Capital, Lausanne will become an Olympic City, as it hosts the 3rd edition of the Winter Youth Olympic Games. From January 9 to 22, 2020, the world’s best athletes will travel to Switzerland to participate in this event. It is one of the largest multisport events held in winter, second only to the Winter Olympic Games. At the heart of this project are the main concepts of sustainability and legacy, as well as the focus on involving youth.

The Olympic Capital has three major assets in its favor. Lausanne has built a rich legacy of more than 100 years of history linked to the Olympic movement. Thanks to the collaboration with 50 federal and international sports’ organizations, it has developed a unique expertise, based on competent skills and know-how. And the presence of a consequent number of well-known schools and training centers guarantees the synergy necessary for effectively incorporating the educational dimension of the Youth Olympic Games (YOG)

An international force/strength for a national impact

Hosting a major sports event makes sense when it will positively impact the development of sports at regional and national levels. This project allows Lausanne and the canton of Vaud to become catalysts and positively influence future athletic generations in our country.

Through the Youth Olympic Games, Lausanne and the canton of Vaud create an innovative laboratory, incubator of ideas for youth, by youth, that will contribute to the diffusion of positive sports’ and Olympic values for future generations.

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A hearty and warm welcome to Yodli!


Lausanne 2020 revealed its official mascot one year before the opening of the 3rd Winter Youth
Olympic Games. It has been designed by 140 students from Eracom, the Swiss French School of Arts
and Communication. We are excited to bump into…

Hi, Yodli, glad to finally meet you! Tell me, where does your name come from? It reminds me of

Hi! My name might sound familiar to some of you… and that’s normal! It was inspired by the yodel, a
traditional form of singing from Switzerland and certain areas of France. Those are the two countries
where the Games will take place in 2020. Besides, yodeling is often used by shepherds as a means of
communicating in the mountains... They call their herds by belting out these tunes!

I’m a little confused… You look a little like a goat, but also a cow… and don’t have a dog’s snout?

Don’t be confused, you’re right on track… I’m a hybrid animal! A cross between a cow, a goat and a
Saint Bernard dog. These are three typical animals from where I live in Switzerland… in the
mountains! Ah, our magnificent mountains, covered with white gold, as we say over here, and where
we can participate in many winter sports… I’m a big fan of snowboarding! I love the feeling of
freedom that I get when riding down the slopes, “floating” on powder snow, flying in the air… I’m
looking forward to seeing the world’s young athletes in this sport as well as the others in January

Hey, talking about Lausanne 2020, my multiple origins embody the diversity of the Youth Olympic
Games’ participants in 2020… and I’m quite proud of that!

We feel the mountain vibes. Do you?

Indeed! I was born and raised in the Swiss mountains. When I was a kid, I was pretty shy… but also
curious! I couldn’t help hiding and watching humans practice winter sports. One day I saw a child fall
whilst skiing. Poor tot, he immediately started crying. I jumped out of my hiding spot… I just had to
comfort him! After drying his tears, I brought him back to the closest village, where I received a warm
welcome. Since then, I don’t hide anymore. I sometimes even pull out my snowboard and ride down
the slopes with the other children …

Yodli, it is an honor to have met you! We are all so excited to have you at our side!
My pleasure. Long live the mountains, long live sports, long live youth and long live Lausanne 2020!


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