The first Summer Youth Olympic Games were arranged in Singapore in 2010. Two years later, the first Winter Youth Olympic Games were held in Innsbruck, Austria.
The second Winter Youth Olympic Games will be held from 12 to 21 February in Norway. Lillehammer 2016 is arranged in co-operation with Hamar, Gjøvik, Øyer and Oslo. Approximately 1,100 athletes between the ages of 15 and 18 and representing 70 countries are expected to participate. They will compete in 15 winter Olympic disciplines, and among the 70 medal events are several that are being included for the first time.
The Youth Olympic Games are arranged by, for and in collaboration with young people. Both the design programme and the stamps for this year's Youth Olympic Games have been planned and designed by young designers. More than 3,000 volunteers will make their mark on the ten-day event. Young people will participate as speakers, and 30,000 school children will create the atmosphere at the arenas. In total, 200 young sports leaders from around the country have undergone a special program aiming to stimulate young volunteering also after the games.
IOC has contributed more than NOK 100 million for the Youth Olympic Village next to Stampesletta in Lillehammer. The village serves as student accommodation both before and after the games, and has already become very popular housing for students in Lillehammer.