Gangwon Hosts Record-Breaking Winter Youth Olympics

Gangwon: The 2024 Winter Youth Olympics, set to commence next week in South Korea, will feature a historic number of athletes, as announced by the event's organizers on Tuesday.

According to Yonhap News Agency, The organizing committee for the Gangwon Winter Youth Olympics revealed that a record-breaking 1,803 athletes from 79 countries are scheduled to compete in the event, which runs from January 19 to February 1. This surpasses the 2020 Winter Youth Olympics in Lausanne, Switzerland, which hosted 1,788 athletes from 76 countries, making the upcoming event the largest in terms of participant numbers and country representation.

According to information from Gangwon officials, while 1,896 athletes qualified for the event, 93 will not be participating. South Korea, the host nation, boasts the largest team with 102 athletes, followed closely by the United States with 101 and Germany with 90.

These athletes will engage in 81 events across seven sports and 15 disciplines. The Winter Youth Olympics will take place in the same region of South Korea that hosted the 23rd Winter Olympics in 2018. Many of the venues used during the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics, including those for ski jumping, biathlon, sliding, and ice events, will be utilized again for this year's Youth Olympics.

The opening ceremony on January 19, set to be held in Gangneung approximately 160 kilometers east of Seoul, is the sole event requiring paid admission. All other events will be free to the public, with vouchers available for booking online at gangwon2024.com.

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