The Olympic Winter Games is a major international sporting event that occurs once every four years. The first Winter Olympics, the 1924 Olympic Winter Games, was held in Chamonix (FRA). Figure Skating and Speed Skating were part of the original five Olympic Winter sports. The Winter Games have evolved since its inception. Sports and disciplines have been added, including Short Track Speed Skating which has earned a permanent spot on the Olympic program.
The Youth Olympic Games are an elite sporting event for young people from all over the world. An event distinct from other youth sports events, as they also integrate a unique Culture and Education Program (CEP), based around five main themes: Olympism, Social Responsibility, Skills Development, Expression and Well-being and Healthy Lifestyles. The sports program is based on that of the Olympic Games. In addition, the program also includes new disciplines, formats, mixed gender and mixed National Olympic Committee (NOC) events. Away from the field of play and through a variety of fun and interactive activities, workshops and team-building exercises, the CEP gives the participating athletes the opportunity to learn about the Olympic values, explore other cultures and develop the skills to become true ambassadors of their sport.