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Introduction

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.

FISU World University Games (Winter Universiade) 

2025
Torino (ITA)
13-23 January 2025
2023
Lake Placid (USA)
12-22 Jan 2023
2021
Lucerne (SUI)
Cancelled
2019
Krasnoyarsk (RUS)
2-12 Mar 2019
2017
Almaty (KAZ)
29 Jan - 8 Feb 2017
2015
Granada (ESP)
4-14 Feb 2015
2015
Strbske Pleso / Osrblie (SVK)
24 Jan - 1 Feb 2015
2013
Trentino (ITA)
11-21 Dec 2013
2011
Erzurum (TUR)
27 Jan - 6 Feb 2011

The Lake Placid 2023 FISU World University Games

The 31st winter edition of the FISU World University Games is set to take place in Lake Placid, USA on 12-22 January 2023.

 

The 11-day international festival and competition combines high-level sport with educational and cultural events, all taking place in Lake Placid and nearby towns.

 

In 2018, former Governor Cuomo announced that Lake Placid was selected to host the 2023 World University Games. New York State is proud to be hosting these games and looks forward to showcasing New York and the North Country to an international audience.

 

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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

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
Biathlon
Cross-Country Skiing
Curling
Figure Skating
Freestyle & Freeski
Ice Hockey
Short Track Speed Skating
Snowboard

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.

 

 

The FISU World University Games Flame Relay

The FISU World University Games Flame Relay is the ceremonial prelude to the start of the Winter FISU World University Games. For the Krasnoyarsk 2019 Winter Universiade, the Flame relay travelled from Torino, Italy to the heart of Siberia, which set the stage for a most spectacular lead-in to the world's premier winter university sports event. 

 

The ignition of the FISU Flame began on the University of Turin campus in Torino, Italy — the birthplace of the modern World University Games — with the flame then travelling to previous World University Games host cities before the domestic part of the FISU World University Games Flame Relay ended in the Russian Federation.

 

To light the flame of thousands of hearts is a notable team effort; 665 flame bearers carried the fire for 164 days through four countries to bring the Universiade spirit from its sporting roots to its future.

 

To find out more and mark the route of the FISU World University Games Flame Relay as it made its way to the Universiade Cauldron in Krasnoyarsk, check out this special page dedicated to the flame relay.

Video and news highlights from the Krasnoyarsk 2019 Winter Universiade

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Hosting 

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.

 

Contact

For more information, please contact the FISU Games Winter Department at wintergames@fisu.net.

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