Winter Universiade 2013: Dates, Event Schedule, Participating Countries and More

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IDecember 11, 2013

BEAVER CREEK, CO - DECEMBER 04:  A course volunteer skis down the side of the Birds of Prey FIS Ski World Cup course on December 4, 2013 in Beaver Creek, Colorado.  Downhill training was cancelled for excessive snow.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Approximately 2,700 student-athletes from 52 countries and regions have convened in Trentino, Italy, for the 2013 Winter Universiade. The event began on Tuesday, Dec. 10, and will end on Saturday, Dec. 21.

The 12-day event is "the largest multi-disciplinary winter sports event ever organized in the Trentino region and the largest winter sports event of 2013 at global level," according to Winter Universiade Trentino 2013 Organizing Committee President Sergio Anesi, via Marzia De Giuli of

In addition to the obvious interest the action will draw internationally from sports fans around the globe, the organizers hope to inspire advances in "education, culture, health, sustainability and innovation," President of the International University Sports Federation (FISU) Claude-Louis Gallien stated, per De Giuli's report. 

The student-athletes will compete in 12 different sporting events over the course of the 12 days in Trentino.

Here is a look at a list of competing countries and the schedule of events:

Competing Nations (No. of Athletes)
Australia (21) Germany (26) New Zealand (7)
Austria (32) Great Britain (55) Norway (34)
Azerbaijan (3) Hong Kong (1) Poland (85)
Belarus (18) Hungary (17) Russia (184)
Belgium (9) India (10) San Marino (1)
Bolivia (2) Iran (3) Serbia (9)
Bosnia and Herzegovina (5) Italy (101) Slovakia (47)
Brazil (1) Japan (119) Slovenia (34)
Bulgaria (12) Kazakhstan (54) South Africa (1)
Canada (106) South Korea (70) Spain (31)
China (58) Latvia (28) Sweden (58)
Croatia (10) Lithuania (6) Switzerland (57)
Czech Republic (71) Macedonia (2) Chinese Taipei (6)
Estonia (14) Mexico (2) Thailand (1)
Finland (34) Monaco (1) Turkey (27)
France (35) Mongolia (4) Ukraine (92)
Georgia (2) Netherlands (13) United States (106)
Schedule of Events
Dec. 10Ice Hockey
Dec. 11Opening Ceremony, Figure Skating, Snowboarding
Dec. 12Cross Country, Curling, Figure Skating, Ice Hockey, Snowboarding
Dec. 13Alpine Skiing, Biathlon, Curling, Figure Skating, Ice Hockey, Nordic Combined, Speed Skating
Dec. 14Alpine Skiing, Cross Country, Curling, Figure Skating, Ice Hockey, Speed Skating, Ski Jumping, Snowboarding
Dec. 15Alpine Skiing, Biathlon, Cross Country, Curling, Figure Skating, Freestyle Skiing, Ice Hockey, Speed Skating
Dec. 16Biathlon, Curling, Ice Hockey, Nordic Combined, Snowboarding
Dec. 17Alpine Skiing, Cross Country, Curling, Ice Hockey, Speed Skating, Ski Jumping, Snowboarding
Dec. 18Alpine Skiing, Biathlon, Curling, Freestyle Skiing, Ice Hockey, Nordic Combined, Speed Skating, Short Track Speed Skating, Ski Jumping
Dec. 19Cross Country, Curling, Ice Hockey, Speed Skating, Short Track Speed Skating
Dec. 20Alpine Skiing, Biathlon, Cross Country, Curling, Ice Hockey, Short Track Speed Skating, Ski Jumping, Snowboarding
Dec. 21Cross Country, Ice Hockey, Snowboarding, Closing Ceremony

Any time such a huge event is put together, it creates significant challenges for organizers and the community in which it takes place. Fitting so many people and activities into such a tight schedule is never easy, but the efforts put forth to do so for this year's showing will certainly be worth it.    

Obviously, the big events like ice hockey, alpine skiing, snowboarding and figure skating will bring in the biggest crowds. 

And with views like this one of the gorgeous Passo di San Pellegrino, as shown by Korea Olympic, fans will be treated to more than just exciting action:

#2013 Winter #Universiade #Trentino - Italy 빠소 디 산 펠레그리노 (Passo di San Pellegrino)의 설경

— 대한체육회 (@Korea_Olympic) November 22, 2013

However, there is plenty of interest in sports like curling, the biathlon, ski jumping, speed skating and others. 

The host Italians should have an edge in the events on the local Dolomites Mountains, but there are world-class student-athletes from all over the world who will give them a run for their money. 

The Winter Universiade isn't nearly as popular worldwide as the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics, but it's an event that will hopefully leave a lasting and positive mark on the area of Trentino and beyond.

For those interested, the event's official site offers a full program along with all the latest news from Trentino. 


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