The Universiade

The Universiade

What is Universiade?

Universiade is a great sport and cultural event, second most important after the Olympic Games. It attracts university students-athletes from all over, in a spirit of friendship and fair play. They are held every two years, in different cities and it combines exciting sport competitions with cultural and educational occasions.

The history of Universiade dates back to last century: in 1905 the first International University Games were organized in the United States. 

Throughout the years the Games developed, till becoming in 1959 in Turin, the current “Universiade”. In that year 1400 athletes, coming from 43 countries participated in the Games. In Turin they also chose the Universiade hymn: “Gaudeamus Igitur”.

The first Winter Universiade was held in Chamonix in 1959.

Winter Universiade

The Winter Universiade lasts 11 days, during which sports, the sport spirit, the multicultural values and the desire to compete with athletes coming from all over are celebrated. The sport spirit is sided by cultural and educational opportunities.
The Winter Universiade dates back to 1928, when the first Winter University International Games were organized in Cortina d’Ampezzo. This event grew side by side with the Summer University International Games and became increasingly important and captivating, until 1960, when they turned into the first Winter Universiade, held Chamonix.

More than 2500 athletes coming from more than 50 nations participate, as well as about 1000 volunteers. The events are broadcast by more than 100 TV networks.

There are 6 winter compulsory sports in the Winter Universiade, covering 10 disciplines. Trentino 2013 chose 2 optional sports.

Ice Hockey  
Skating Figure Skating (including Synchronized Skating)
Short Track Speed Skating
Speed Skating*
Skiing Alpine Skiing
Nordic Skiing Cross Country Skiing
Ski Jumping
Nordic Combined
Freestyle Skiing*

* Optional disciplines

All hosting nations may choose up to maximum 3 optional sports.