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


Embracing FISU’s motto of ‘Excellence in Mind and Body,’ the Winter 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 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 and World University Championships programme to include in their edition of the World University Games.


In 2013, the Trentino Winter Universiade drew a record 2,668 competitors to the Italian Alps. In 2017, the Krasnoyarsk Winter Universiade saw a record of 58 countries compete in Kazakhstan.


Winter WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES (Universiade) 

All Winter World University Games


 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

What's to come when Lucerne hosts the 30th Winter Universiade

Sitting in the heart of Central Switzerland, Lucerne is an idyllic setting for the Winter Universiade to return to the Alps. The Lucerne 2021 organisers have aptly chosen to express this sentiment and pay homage to the Universiade’s return to Switzerland for the first time in 59 years with the “welcome home” motto for this event.



Key Facts about the Winter World University Games 

  • 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 World University Games Sports Programme

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

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


Winter World University Games Regulations


Official Results from the Winter World University Games 

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


Winter World University Games 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 World University Games (formerly Universiade) history through the statistics book


Organisation of the Winter World University Games

At FISU, the Winter World University Games 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-Universiade legacy development. The Department serves as the central link between the different Organising Committees,  National University Sport Federations (NUSFs) and international sports federations. 


The Winter World University Games 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 World University Games where transfer of knowledge is paramount.


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


The World University Games Flame Relay

The World University Games Flame Relay is the ceremonial prelude to the start of the Summer and the Winter World University Games. For the Krasnoyarsk 2019 Winter Universiade, the Flame relay traversed from Torino, Italy to the heart of Siberia, which set the stage for a most spectacular lead-in 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 World University Games — with the flame then traveling to previous World University Games host cities before the domestic part of the Relay of the World University Games Flame relay concluded 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 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.



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


Check out some highlights from the Krasnoyarsk 2019 Winter Universiade! 



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