Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Winter Games

Lausanne, January 22, 2020 - The third edition of the Winter Youth Olympic Games was completed in Lausanne with a ceremonial parade of participants and handing over the flag to the representatives of the next host of the Games. Among more than 900 female and male athletes from 76 countries around the world, at the closing ceremony of the Winter Youth Olympics were also the Croatian representatives, with 17-year-old speed skater Maja Ivandić as flag-bearer of the Croatian national tricolor.

Lausanne, January 15, 2020 - Croatian hockey player in the version 3x3, Luka Banek (born in 2005 in Zagreb), won a bronze medal at the third Winter Youth Olympics in Lausanne and St. Moritz (January 9-22). In the battle for 3rd place, the nationally mixed Brown team, in which Banek was playing, defeated the Black team 6-5. This is the first medal won by a Croatian male or female athlete at the Winter Youth Olympics, and the "brown" hockey team consisted of players from 12 other states or national Olympic committees (Men's Mixed NOC Team 3-on-3).