Five of the best YOG venues to visit
Once you’re done with your competition, or if you have some downtime in the middle, it’s a great idea to try to visit a couple of other venues and cheer for your team-mates in different sports. Here are a few that you should definitely try to check out if you get the chance.
St Moritz Olympia Bob Run
Few sports venues are as historic or renowned as the legendary Olympia Bob Run in St Moritz. Not only is it the world’s only natural ice bob run, but it is also the oldest bob run still in operation today. First opened on New Year’s Day in 1904, it is rebuilt by hand each and every year and has hosted an incredible 24 editions of the Bobsleigh World Championships. It is also the only track to have hosted two editions of the Winter Olympics (in 1928 and 1948) and will stage bobsleigh, skeleton and luge during Lausanne 2020.
Check out this awesome Olympic Channel video with Olympic luge medallist Chris Mazdzer to see how the track gets built
The impressive Vaudoise Arena is the brand-new home of Lausanne Hockey Club – the local professional ice hockey team that plays in the country’s top-tier National League. The eye-catching 10,000-capacity venue will stage the Opening Ceremony of Lausanne 2020, as well as the ice hockey events, including the exciting new 3-on-3 format. Expect this one to get noisy!
St Moritz Lake
Every winter, the frozen lake in St Moritz provides an incredible setting for horse racing, polo and even cricket matches, while in the summer it is popular with rowers, sailors, fishermen and stand-up paddleboarders. For Lausanne 2020, however, it will host speed skating – the first time that Olympic races will be held on the ice of a natural frozen lake.
Lausanne 2020 will make history as the first YOG to be held in two countries, with the ski jumping, biathlon and Nordic combined events set to take place across the border in France. Located in the Jura mountains of the Saint-Claude region in France, between the communes of Prémanon and Les Rousses, Les Tuffes stadium provides high-quality training facilities in the various Nordic disciplines throughout the year and is well known for being where France’s Olympic and world champion Jason Lamy-Chappuis developed his ski jumping and cross-country skiing skills.
It’s well worth taking a day trip out to Les Diablerets, the authentic mountain resort in the heart of the Swiss Alps. Here, you can witness thrilling Alpine skiing events like downhill and super-G, and experience a party atmosphere!
For more information about the Lausanne 2020 venues, click here