The 2019 Winter Universiade (Russian: Зимняя Универсиада 2019) was an international student and youth competition, which took place from 2–12 March 2019 in the Russian city of Krasnoyarsk. The 2019 Winter Universiade was the third Universiade hosted in Russia and second as an independent country. The first Universiade, when Russia was a Soviet Republic, was hosted by Moscow in 1973, whereas Kazan hosted the 2013 Summer Universiade. It is the first Winter Universiade hosted by Russia, and the second time that the event was held in a former USSR republic (the other being the previous Universiade).

XXIX Winter Universiade
Зимняя Универсиада 2019
2019 Winter Universiade logo.svg
Host cityKrasnoyarsk, Russia
Motto"Real Winter"
"Welcome to Winter"
"100% Winter"
Nations participating58[1]
Athletes participating3000
Events76 in 11 sports
Opening ceremony2 March
Closing ceremony12 March
Officially opened byPresident Vladimir Putin
Torch lighterSvetlana Khorkina and Sergey Lomanov
Main venuePlatinum Arena (Ice Arena)
Websitehttps://krsk2019.com/en/home
2017 2021  >

Krasnoyarsk was unanimously elected as the host city of the 29th Winter Universiade 2019 by an Executive Committee meeting in Brussels on 9 November 2013. At the Opening Ceremony the fire was lit by two of the event's ambassadors, bandy player Sergey Lomanov and former gymnast Svetlana Khorkina.

For the first time in Universiade history, bandy and ski-orienteering were included as optional sports. Bandy had bigger spectator crowds than any other sport.[2] The budget of the 2019 Universiade in Krasnoyarsk equalled 67.8 billion rubles (1.021 billion US dollars): 43.3 billion rubles from the federal budget, 24.5 billion rubles from the budget of the Krasnoyarsk Krai. Russia won a record of 41 gold and 112 overall medals, while South Korea placed second with 6 and 14, respectively. Japan was third, winning 5 gold and 13 overall medals.

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Bidding campaign and host city selectionEdit

On 3 April 2013, FISU, officially confirmed two candidate cities:[3]

On 1 September 2012, the bidding campaign for the right to host the 2019 Winter and Summer Universiades was launched. On the same day, the Russian Students Sport Union (RSSU) sent a letter to the President of the International University Sports Federation (FISU), Mr. Claude-Louis Galen, about Krasnoyarsk's intention to apply for the right to host the Winter Universiade 2019. Since that moment, Krasnoyarsk has officially been an applicant city.[4] The choice of the city was primarily determined by the desire and capability of the territory of Krasnoyarsk to host the University Games.[5] The capital of the Krasnoyarsk Krai is one of the country's student centres with the Siberian Federal University located there.

Krasnoyarsk's rival in the competition for the right to host the Winter Universiade 2019 was the Swiss Canton of Valais.

During the whole year, each applicant worked on the preparation of application profile. On 14 September 2013, Krasnoyarsk presented its Bidding Book at the FISU headquarters and received the status of a candidate city. The only competitor at this stage withdrew from candidacy.

On 9 November 2013, in Brussels, FISU members elected Krasnoyarsk as the host city of the 29th Winter Universiade 2019 by a closed vote.[6][7]

BrandsEdit

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“Real Winter”

In accordance with the requirements of the International University Sports Federation (FISU), the logo of the Winter Universiade 2019 was made based on the Latin letter "U" – the first letter of the word "Universiade", with the city name in English and the year the Games take place – Krasnoyarsk 2019, the sequence number and the name of the event in English – 29th Winter Universiade, as well as 5 stars in blue, yellow, black, green and red colors – elements of the FISU logo.

The "U" letter in the logo of the Winter Universiade Krasnoyarsk 2019 symbolizes the ice block, the irregular facets of which demonstrate the severe character of Siberian nature, peaks of rocks and snow-covered slopes.[8]

SlogansEdit

The main slogan of the Games is "Real Winter", revealing the essence of the Winter Universiade 2019 idea. It is not accidental that the first Winter Universiade in Russia will take place in 2019 in Krasnoyarsk – the geographical center of Siberia. Russia is the biggest country in the world by area, with long and severe winters on the most part of its territory. Russia is associated by foreigners with "frost" and "winter".

Another slogan is "100% Winter", which is used together with any of the slogans or independently as a chevron, stripe or patch on clothes.

In advertising campaigns, the slogan "Welcome to Winter!" is additionally used.

MascotEdit

The official mascot of the Winter Universiade 2019 is "U-Laika", a Siberian dog of the Laika breed, the symbol of loyalty, friendliness, joy and unbridled energy. Laika is a friend always ready to help in hard times and support in striving to any, even the most trying goal.[9]

Countdown ClockEdit

 
Welcome to Winter!

On 5 June 2016, the countdown clock of the Winter Universiade 2019 was launched on the Yenisei river embankment in Krasnoyarsk. The countdown started from 1,000 days. The screen shows the exact number of days, hours, minutes and seconds before the official opening ceremony of the Games in Krasnoyarsk.

On 18 October 2017, 500 days until the start of the Winter Universiade 2019, the countdown clock of the University Games was unveiled with the participation of Russian Minister of Sport Pavel Kolobkov, acting Chairman of the Regional Government Viktor Tomenko, Director General of the Executive Directorate of the 29th Winter Universiade 2019 Maxim Urazov, and Ambassadors of the Winter Universiade 2019 Svetlana Khorkina, Ilia Averbukh and Zlata Demyanova.[10] The clock became the second art object of the Winter Universiade 2019 in Krasnoyarsk, and a new attraction site of the Funpark Bobrovy Log.[11]

 
500 days before the start of the 29th Winter Universiade 2019

PreparationEdit

The management system of the Winter Universiade 2019 consists of four main levels: Organising Committee, Executive Directorate, Supervisory Board, Coordinating Council.

The budget of the 2019 Universiade in Krasnoyarsk equalled 67.8 billion rubles (1.021 billion US dollars): 43.3 billion rubles from the federal budget, 24.5 billion rubles from the budget of the Krasnoyarsk Krai.[12]

Organising CommitteeEdit

The Organizing Committee for the preparation and delivery of the 2019 Winter Universiade was created by the Resolution of the Government of the Russian Federation from 18 February 2014, No. 219.[13]

Initialy the Organising Committee was headed by the Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Vitaly Mutko. He was replaced by Olga Golodets in December 2018.[14]

The Organising Committee is formed by representatives of the state authorities of the Russian Federation and the Krasnoyarsk Krai. The Organizing Committee makes important decisions on the Universiade organization and preparation; it approves the plan of organizational measures and the list of the Winter Universiade 2019 venues.

The organizational and technical support of the Organising Committee is entrusted to the Ministry of Sport.

VenuesEdit

The list of main venues was approved by the Organizing Committee of the Winter Universiade 2019.[15]

Universiade VillageEdit

The Universiade Village located on the territory of the campus of the Siberian Federal University, close to Nikolayevskaya Sopka and most alpine skiing venues:

  • The Universitetsky Residential Complex allows more than 3,000 beds to be placed on the territory of the Universiade Village for athletes and accredited persons, taking into account the pre-existing housing infrastructure of University campus.
  • The FSAEI HPO Siberian Federal University multifunctional center consists of a training block and sports block with a food production facility, gymnastic training halls with transportable stands for spectators with up to 200 seats each, with the possibility of transforming one gym into a dining room for 700 seats. In addition, there is a sports hall for athletes to train and warm-up at the venue.
  • The Perya Residential Complex accommodates more than 1,700 beds for volunteers and support personnel close to the Universiade Village.

Sports venuesEdit

 
Stamp depicting Yenisey Stadium
Venue Sports Capacity Ref.
Arena Sever Ice hockey, Short track speed skating 3,000 [16]
Biathlon Academy Biathlon 106 [17]
Krasnoyarsk Central Stadium Cultural events 15,000 [18]
Crystal Ice Arena Ice hockey 3,500 [19]
Funpark Bobrovy Log Alpine skiing 2,500 [20]
Ivan Yarygin Sports Palace Curling 3,500 [21]
Pervomaisky Ice Arena Ice hockey 200 [22]
Platinum Arena Ceremonies, Figure skating 7,000 [23]
Winter Sports Academy – Raduga Cluster Cross-country skiing, Ski-orienteering 1,500 [24]
Winter Sports Academy – Sopka Cluster Freestyle skiing, Snowboarding 3,300 [25]
Yenisey Stadium Bandy 5,000 [26]

SportsEdit

There was events in eleven sports. Athletes was competed for 76 sets of awards in 11 sports: alpine skiing, bandy, biathlon, cross-country skiing, curling, figure skating, freestyle skiing, ice hockey, short track, ski orienteering, snowboarding.

For the first time in Universiade history, bandy[27] and ski-orienteering[28] are included as optional sports. Freestyle skiing was another optional sports at this Universiade.[29]

ScheduleEdit

OC Opening ceremony Event competitions 1 Event finals CC Closing ceremony
March 1
Fri
2
Sat
3
Sun
4
Mon
5
Tue
6
Wed
7
Thu
8
Fri
9
Sat
10
Sun
11
Mon
12
Tue
Events
Ceremonies OC CC
  Alpine skiing 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 9
  Bandy 1 1 2
  Biathlon 2 2 2 1 2 9
  Cross-country skiing 2 2 2 1 2 1 1 11
  Curling 2 2
  Figure skating 2 1 2 5
  Freestyle skiing 2 1 2 2 2 2 11
  Ice hockey 1 1 2
  Short track speed skating 2 2 4 8
  Ski-orienteering 2 2 1 2 7
  Snowboarding 2 2 2 2 2 10
Total events 8 10 7 12 6 5 8 13 5 2 76
Cumulative total 8 18 25 37 43 48 56 69 74 76
March 1
Fri
2
Sat
3
Sun
4
Mon
5
Tue
6
Wed
7
Thu
8
Fri
9
Sat
10
Sun
11
Mon
12
Tue
Events

Participating nationsEdit

58 national university sports federations sent at least an athlete for the 2019 Winter Universiade.[30] The Philippines and the United Arab Emirates made their debut in Winter Universiade while Ukraine boycotted due to lack of government funding for Ukrainian athletes competing in tournaments helding in Russia.[31]

Medal tableEdit

  *   Host nation (Russia)

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  Russia (RUS)*413932112
2  South Korea (KOR)64414
3  Japan (JPN)54413
4  Austria (AUT)3306
5  Finland (FIN)32712
6  Norway (NOR)3238
7  France (FRA)24713
8   Switzerland (SUI)2237
9  Germany (GER)2125
  Sweden (SWE)2125
11  Belarus (BLR)2103
12  Czech Republic (CZE)1236
13  Canada (CAN)1225
14  China (CHN)1214
15  Italy (ITA)1113
16  Poland (POL)1102
17  Kazakhstan (KAZ)0437
18  Slovakia (SVK)0101
19  Georgia (GEO)0011
  Great Britain (GBR)0011
Totals (20 nations)767676228

Russia won a record of 41 gold and 112 overall medals, while South Korea placed second with 6 and 14, respectively. Japan was third, winning 5 gold and 13 overall medals.[32]

Dedicated stampsEdit

On 2 March 2018 four postage stamps from the "29th Winter Universiade 2019 Krasnoyarsk. Sports venues" series were issued by the Russian Post. In addition to sports arenas, each stamp depicts the emblem of the Winter Universiade 2019.[33]

Opening ceremonyEdit

The Opening ceremony was held at Platinum Arena and ran from 20:19 to 22:47 pm local time (Krasnoyarsk Time). It was officially opened by President of Russia Vladimir Putin.[34]

The opening ceremony featured scenes with paintings of Vasily Surikov, who was born in Krasnoyarsk. In one of those his "Capture of a Snow Town" was used. The folk song "Valenki" was performed by Nyusha for the upcoming Maslenitsa. Then, singer Zara sang a lullaby on a golden moon. Also in the ceremony famous Siberians such as writer Viktor Astafyev, painter Andrey Pozdeyev and opera singer Dmitry Khvorostovsky were mentioned. The final part featured figure skater Alexei Yagudin.[34]

The fire was lit via a bandy ball, for the first time in history.[35]

Closing ceremonyEdit

The closing ceremony was held at the Platinum Arena from 20:00 to 21:30 pm local time (Krasnoyarsk Time) on 12 March 2019 which handed over the FISU flag to the next host city of Lucerne, Switzerland for the next edition in 2021.

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