In 2010, the Olympic Games were complemented by Youth Games, where athletes between the ages of 14 and 18 will compete and with a maximum of 3,500 Athletes and 1,500 officials. These Games will be shorter than the senior Games the winter Games will last nine days.
The Youth Olympic Games were conceived by IOC president Jacques Rogge in 2001 and approved during the 119th Congress of the IOC.
The first Winter Youth Olympic Games were held in Innsbruck from 13th -22nd January 2012 The sports to be contested will coincide with those scheduled for the traditional senior Games, however there will be a reduced number of disciplines and events.
The 2016 Winter Youth Olympics will take place in Lillehammer, Norway from February 26 to March 6, 2016.