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Staged every two years in a different city, the winter edition of the FISU World University Games is a celebration of international university sports and culture. With several thousand student-athletes competing in each event edition, the FISU World University Games is among the world's largest winter multi-sports competition.


Embracing FISU’s motto of ‘Excellence in Mind and Body,’ the FISU World University Games incorporate an educational aspect into the sports competitions which allows university student-athletes to celebrate high sports performance while continuing their education with the local host city.

The eleven-day competition programme includes nine compulsory sports at every winter edition of the FISU World University Games. To stay on the leading edge of sport delivery and innovation, organising committees can also include up to three optional sports from the FISU Recognised Sports for inclusion in their edition of the FISU World University Games.


In 2013, the Trentino Winter Universiade drew an event best 2,668 competitors to the Italian Alps. In 2019, the Krasnoyarsk Winter Universiade saw a record 58 countries compete in the heart of Siberia in the Russian Federation.


Key Facts about the winter edition of the FISU World University Games 


  • The largest international winter multi-sport event for student-athletes
  • 11 days of sports competitions
  • More than 2,500 participants from over 50 countries
  • 1,500 to 3,000 volunteers
  • 9 compulsory sports and up to 3 optional sports
  • Broadcast to more than 100 countries, reaching over 300 million viewers

FISU World University Games (Winter Universiade) 

Torino (ITA)
13-23 Jan 2025
Lake Placid (USA)
12-22 Jan 2023
Lucerne (SUI)
Krasnoyarsk (RUS)
2-12 Mar 2019
Almaty (KAZ)
29 Jan - 8 Feb 2017
Granada (ESP)
4-14 Feb 2015
Strbske Pleso / Osrblie (SVK)
24 Jan - 1 Feb 2015
Trentino (ITA)
11-21 Dec 2013
Erzurum (TUR)
27 Jan - 6 Feb 2011

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The Lake Placid 2023 FISU World University Games

The 31st winter edition of the FISU World University Games took place in Lake Placid, USA from 12-22 January 2023. This was the second time Lake Placid has hosted the FISU Games Winter and making it the only location outside of Europe or Asia to play host.


“There can be no doubt: Lake Placid is the place of legends for winter sports. We are reminded of this, just walking into this building and seeing the reminders of the ‘Miracle on Ice.’ We knew this was and is a very special place. And we had the privilege to be part of it,” said FISU Acting President Leonz Eder in the Herb Brooks Arena during the closing ceremony.


“Here, in winter, Lake Placid has brought unprecedented warmth to our Games. In a complicated world, full of conflict, this wonderful community has offered us an open heart. Let us not underestimate how lucky we are to have been able to enjoy these 11 days of joyous and peaceful celebration in sport,” he added.


1,443 student athletes and 733 officials from 46 countries, representing more than 540 universities, participated in 12 sports in Lake Placid. Competition took place in 85 medal events in alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, curling, snowboard, freestyle and freeski, ski jumping, Nordic combined, speed skating, short-track speed skating, biathlon, figure skating, and ice hockey. Japan led the way winning 48 medals, while Korea finished second with 29, and France third with 18. 



Eugenio in Via Di Gioia Mole


Next Up - Torino 2025 FISU World University Games


The 32nd FISU World University Games Winter will return to a familiar home in Torino, Italy. For the fourth time overall, and second time as the FISU Games Winter host, Torino and the Piedmont region will welcome the world's student-athletes from 13-23 January 2025.


Five communities will host events as part of the Torino 2025 FISU Games with Torino holding ice hockey, curling, figure skating, and short track speed skating. Alpine skiing, snowboard, and freestyle and freeski will take place under 100km from Torino in Bardonecchia. Pragelato will host biathlon and cross-country skiing competition, while Pinerolo and Torre Pellice will welcome round robin action in men's ice hockey. Additional optional sports are currently under consideration. 


Sports will, for the first time, be accompanied by academic competition at the Torino 2025 FISU Games. The #TO25 BRAINstorm academic challenge will gather top university students from around the world who will compete for medals, just as will their sporting counterparts. 12 mind disciplines will be selected by the four Piedmont universities and students with chosen themes linked to challenges of the moment to which they will respond through projects and proposals. 


In many ways the Torino 2025 FISU Games will be a return home for FISU, which was founded in the Italian city in 1949. The world's students will again bring a spotlight to it for 11 days of great competition in early 2025. 

Sports Programme at the FISU World University Games 

The competition programme includes nine compulsory sports and up to three optional sports in the winter edition of the FISU World University Games. The compulsory sports are:

Alpine Skiing
Cross-Country Skiing
Figure Skating
Freestyle & Freeski
Ice Hockey
Short Track Speed Skating

FISU Games Winter department

At FISU, the FISU Games Winter Department assists and oversees all operational, administrative and logistical support to ensure a successful event. The department oversees all stages of the Games, from candidatures to competition to post-FISU Games legacy development. The Department serves as the central link between the different Organising Committees, National University Sports Federations (NUSFs) and International Federations (IF).


The FISU Games Winter Department assists the FISU Executive Committee and various FISU committees as they play their very important roles in their respective areas in the management of the FISU World University Games where the transfer of knowledge is paramount.


FISU staff and FISU World University Games organisers work directly with specific FISU Committees to deliver a successful event.

FISU World University Games Statistics Book

When looking to the future, it's always helpful to reflect upon the past. Take a  trip down memory lane to the memories, performances, and numbers that have come to define the winter events at the FISU World University Games (formerly Universiade) history through the statistics book.

FISU World University Games Regulations for the winter edition

Official Results from the FISU World University Games 

For all results from 2003 to today, visit FISU's online results section.


For more information on what it takes to hold the world's premier global winter multisports event for student-athletes in your city, check out the FISU World University Games section of the hosting page.



For more information, please contact the FISU Games Winter Department at