Sports

Winter sports are a deeply rooted tradition in Switzerland. Events will be held in nine disciplines at the 30th Winter Universiade. Athletes from more than 50 countries will compete.

Winter sports have a long tradition in Switzerland. As early as 1900, daring pioneers from throughout Europe met in Central Switzerland to indulge their passion for skiing. This tradition continues today. In addition to the prestige international events such as the Lauberhorn DownhillSpengler Cup or the Engadin Ski Marathon, local events are held for all ages and abilities. Consequently, Switzerland has many experts with extensive experience of winter sports event organisation. Due to the existing first-class infrastructure, all venues are easily accessible by personal or public transport.

From the 21st to the 31st January 2021 the Winter Universiade will include competitions in nine winter sport disciplines. Students aged between 17 and 25 are eligible to enter. Students from a total of over 540 universities and polytechnics from 50 countries will take part. The teams are selected by their own national university sports federations.

Delegations

More than 50 nations have competed in Winter Universiades. The most successful country to date is Russia with a total of 166 gold medals, followed by South Korea.
Discover the Delegations

Testimonials

«As a free skier of SC Engelberg, I’m looking forward to the Universiade Slopestyle and Big Air competitions on my home mountain.»

Fabian Bösch, SC Engelberg, Sportmittelschule Engelberg graduate, world champion Big Air 2019 and Slopestyle 2015, and X-Games gold medallist Big Air 2016

Testimonials

«The Universiade atmosphere is unique. Even better, on my third and nal run I won the gold medal. Unfortunately the age limit now p»

Patricia Kummer, Universiade and Olympic Snowboard gold medallist with a master degree in neuropsychology and development psychology

Testimonials

«My victory in the Slalom at the Universiade 2015 was an unforgettable experience, and I met many great people.»

Ramon Zenhäusern, Universiade and Olympic Alpine Skiing gold medallist with a bachelor degree in economics

Testimonials

«It’s a great honour to be part of the Swiss Team. Making friends with so many people at Universiades is a tremendous experience.»

Michèle Jäggi, Fourth CC Uzwil, mixed world champion 2018 and bronze medallist at the Universiades 2013 and 2015

Testimonials

«Today‘s stars. Tomorrow‘s leaders. Sport has given me the basis of my professional career. »

Corinne Schmidhauser, World Cup and Universiade Alpine Ski gold medallist, lawyer

Testimonials

«As a free skier of SC Engelberg, I’m looking forward to the Universiade Slopestyle and Big Air competitions on my home mountain.»

Fabian Bösch, SC Engelberg, Sportmittelschule Engelberg graduate, world champion Big Air 2019 and Slopestyle 2015, and X-Games gold medallist Big Air 2016

Testimonials

«The Universiade atmosphere is unique. Even better, on my third and nal run I won the gold medal. Unfortunately the age limit now p»

Patricia Kummer, Universiade and Olympic Snowboard gold medallist with a master degree in neuropsychology and development psychology

Testimonials

«My victory in the Slalom at the Universiade 2015 was an unforgettable experience, and I met many great people.»

Ramon Zenhäusern, Universiade and Olympic Alpine Skiing gold medallist with a bachelor degree in economics

Testimonials

«It’s a great honour to be part of the Swiss Team. Making friends with so many people at Universiades is a tremendous experience.»

Michèle Jäggi, Fourth CC Uzwil, mixed world champion 2018 and bronze medallist at the Universiades 2013 and 2015

Testimonials

«Today‘s stars. Tomorrow‘s leaders. Sport has given me the basis of my professional career. »

Corinne Schmidhauser, World Cup and Universiade Alpine Ski gold medallist, lawyer