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Unlikely nations strike gold at Lausanne 2020 as Winter Youth Olympic Games Mixed NOC 3-on-3 ice hockey tournament gives minnows a chance

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Location: Lausanne Vaudoise Arena, Lausanne, Switzerland

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Athletes from Luxembourg, Hong Kong, Mexico and New Zealand were among the gold medallists as the Mixed National Olympic Committee (NOC) Ice Hockey 3-on-3 tournament finished at the Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG) Lausanne 2020.

The format allows ice hockey players, whose NOC doesn’t have enough athletes to make a full team, to compete in the YOG, and it proved its worth with athletes from 20 different nations winning gold in the mens and womens events.

Luxembourg and Hong Kong were the surprise gold winners in the men’s event. Hong Kong’s Yau Yam is one of the youngest athletes at this Winter YOG – he does not turn 15 until January 25. Luxembourg’s Nicolas Eglas is already 15 and they were both part of the winning squad, which also included athletes from Russia, France, Ukraine, Spain, Slovakia, Italy, Belgium, Estonia, Norway, the Czech Republic and Hungary.

Mexico’s Luisa Wilson and Katya Blong of New Zealand were the unlikely gold medallists in the women’s event, although Blong is a member of Canada’s Ontario Hockey Academy. Their squad also included athletes from Belgium, Spain, France, Italy, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, the Republic of Korea, Germany, Norway, Switzerland and Austria.

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