Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games Kicks Off

Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games Kicks Off

by Fergie Miller January 10, 2020

Team GB Sends 28 Athletes In New 2 Week Format 

Lausanne 2020 is expected to welcome some of the world’s best young athletes from 70 nations for the third edition of the Games following Innsbruck 2012 and Lillehammer four years later.

The Youth Olympic Games provides crucial multi-sport experience for aspiring winter Olympians and Team GB’s class of 2020 will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Mica McNeill and Katie Summerhayes who both went on to compete at an Olympic Winter Games having first competed at a YOG.

New Format 

In a new format for Lausanne 2020, the two weeks will see the Games split into two waves of athletes attending across week one and week two to allow for more athletes to compete across the duration of the competition – 1,880 in total compared to around 1,000 at Lillehammer 2016.

Ski mountaineering and women’s Nordic combined will feature for the first time in an Olympic event. A mixed-NOC 3-on-3 ice hockey tournament and a women’s doubles event in luge will also be contested for the first time.

Team GB Well Represented


A 28-strong team will represent Great Britain at the Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games in the home of the Olympic movement in Switzerland. The Games, which run from 9th – 22nd January, will see Team GB compete in 11 of the 16 disciplines on the programme across 14 days of competition.

The team consists of athletes aged between 14 and 17 years of age, with four athletes who competed at Sarajevo 2019 European Youth Olympic Festival – Theo Collins, Daisi Daniels, Shawna Pendry and Olivia Weedon – making it a youth double for Team GB in Lausanne.

Georgie Harland, Team GB’s Chef de Mission for Lausanne 2020, said: 

“This is a very special moment for the 28 athletes selected for the Games. It provides vital experience of a multi-sport environment and can be an important stepping stone towards their senior careers.

“We have seen athletes from both summer and winter sports going on to compete at a senior Games and the athletes in Lausanne will, I am sure, grasp this opportunity to show everyone what they are capable of, but most importantly enjoy what will be a fantastic experience.”

Team GB at Lausanne 2020: Selected Athletes

Alpine Skiing:

Name: Jack Cunningham
Hometown: Oxford

Name: Daisi Daniels
Hometown: Rochdale

Name: Sophie Foster
Hometown: Leatherhead

Name: Robert Holmes
Hometown: Barrowford


Name: Shawna Pendry
Hometown: Font Romeu, France


Name: Charlotte Longden
Hometown: Winchester

Name: William Scammell
Hometown: Devizes

Cross-country skiing:

Name: Molly Jefferies
Hometown: Les Gets, France

Name: James Slimon
Hometown: Laggan


Name: Ross Craik
Hometown: Edzell

Name: Hannah Farries
Hometown: Dumfries

Name: Robyn Mitchell
Hometown: Dunlop

Name: Jamie Rankin
Hometown: Elgin

Freestyle Skiing:

Name: Scott Johns
Hometown: Dorridge

Name: Jasper Klein
Hometown: Cirencester

Name: Kirsty Muir
Hometown: Aberdeen

Ice Hockey:

Name: Mirren Foy
Hometown: Glenrothes

Name: Carter Hamill
Hometown: Belfast

Name: Evan Nauth
Hometown: Weybridge

Name: Amy Robery
Hometown: Chelmsford

Name: Abby Rowbotham
Hometown: Sheffield

Name: Mackenzie Stewart
Hometown: Belfast

Name: Jessie Taylor
Hometown: High Wycombe

Nordic Combined:

Name: Mani Cooper
Hometown: Innsbruck, Austria

Short Track Speed Skating:

Name: Matthew Gardner
Hometown: Leeds

Name: Olivia Weedon
Hometown: Twickenham

Ski Jumping:

Name: Sam Bolton
Hometown: Calgary, Canada

Speed Skating:

Name: Theo Collins
Hometown: Guildford

Fergie Miller
Fergie Miller


Fergie, the founder of FLŌA, founded and spent ten years at Base Camp training over 2,000 ski & snowboard instructors before spending 8 years working in tech startups, including at over 5 accelerators covering Seed to Series A, before returning to action sports base layers and creating the FLŌA brand.

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