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Vibrant ceremony closes 3rd Winter Youth Olympic Games Lausanne 2020

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Location: Lausanne, Switzerland

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The third edition of the Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG) came to a close in Lausanne, Switzerland on Wednesday evening, after 13 days of sport, 16 disciplines and 81 medal events. 

The Medals Plaza at Quartier du Flon provided the setting for the vibrant closing ceremony which celebrated the athletes, volunteers and the young people of Lausanne.

The traditional athlete’s parade got the ceremony underway, with 900 athletes and flag-bearers from the 79 National Olympic Committee’s (NOCs) given a final chance to celebrate their achievements. 

Then a host of young local performers took to the stage, including the choreography of 35 children with disabilities between the ages of 5 and 22. Their inclusion emphasised the Olympic values and social inclusion, a key principle of these Games. 

3,800 volunteers helped to make Games possible and were recognised before International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach and Lausanne 2020 President Virginie Faivre gave their respective closing speeches. 

With the 3rd Winter YOG declared closed, and the youth of the world called upon to unite once again in the Republic of Korea province of Gangwon in 2024, it was time for the flag to be passed over.

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Winter Youth Olympic Games Lausanne 2020 - event closing press conference

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