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The Winter Universiade is an international sports and cultural event that is staged every two years in a different city. The event draws several thousand student-athletes together, making it the largest university winter multi-sport competition in the world.


Embracing FISU’s motto of ‘Excellence in Mind and Body,’ the Winter Universiade incorporates educational and cultural aspects into the sport competitions, allowing university student-athletes from around the world to celebrate high sports performance with the host city.


The eleven-day competition programme includes eight compulsory sports at each Winter Universiade. 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 and World University Championships programme to include in their edition of the Winter Universiade.


In 2013, the Trentino Winter Universiade drew a record 2,668 competitors to the Italian Alps. In 2017, the Almaty Winter Universiade saw a record 57 countries compete in Kazakhstan.

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Winter UniversiadeS 

All Winter Universiades


 Lake Placid (USA) 12-22 January


 Lucerne (SUI) 21-31 January


 Krasnoyarsk (RUS), 2-12 March


Almaty (KAZ), 29 Jan. - 8 Feb.


 Granada (ESP), 4-14 February


 Strbske Pleso / Osrblie (SVK) 24 Jan. - 1 Feb.

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Krasnoyarsk 2019

Key Facts about the Winter Universiade 

  • The largest global 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


Winter Universiade Sports Programme

The competition programme includes 9 compulsory sports and up to 3 optional sports at a Winter Universiade. The compulsory sports are:

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


Winter Universiade Regulations


Official Results from the Winter Universiade 

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


Winter Universiade Statistics 

When looking to the future, its 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 Universiade's history through the statistics book















Organisation of the Winter Universiade 

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


The Winter Universiade team 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 Winter Universiade where transfer of knowledge is paramount.


FISU staff and Winter Universiade organisers work directly with specific FISU Committees to deliver a successful event.


The Relay of the Universiade Flame 2019

The Relay of the Universiade Flame was the ceremonial prelude to the Krasnoyarsk 2019 Winter Universiade in the heart of Siberia -- among the most spectacular and large-scale events held in the lead-up to the world's premiere 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 Universiade — and the flame then traveled to previous Winter Universiade host cities before the domestic part of the Relay of the Universiade Flame concuded 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 Relay of the Universiade Flame as it made its way to the Universiade Cauldron in Krasnoyarsk, check out this special page dedicated to the Relay of the Universiade Flame.



For more info regarding the hosting go to the hosting page.


Check out the Winter Universiade 2019 – Krasnoyarsk! 



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