ICE HOCKEY TAKES CENTRE STAGE ON YOUTH OLYMPICS DAY ONE

After the excitement of the Lausanne 2020 Opening Ceremony, the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) is under way with GB ice hockey players representing Team GB on the opening day.

The mixed ice hockey event began with each of the seven Team GB athletes divided in 16 teams (men’s and women’s) made up of 11 players in a squad but the format being 3-on-3.

The event, which is making its debut at YOG, see’s eight men’s teams and eight women’s made up of different nationalities, with team names determined by the colours black, blue, brown, green, grey, orange, red and yellow.

Each team will compete against each other once, forming the preliminary round, with the top four teams progressing through to the semi-finals, then the winning teams competing in the gold medal match.

In the men’s competition, only Evan Nauth (brown) was victorious, as his mixed team defeated the black team 13-11 at the Vaudoise Arena.

Carter Hamill (blue) and Mack Stewart (red) were both on the wrong side of narrow losses, losing to the grey and orange team’s 8-9 and 6-8 respectively.

Meanwhile, Mirren Foy, Amy Robery, Abby Rowbotham and Jessie Taylor all started their Youth Olympic Games in the women’s competition with Foy (blue) and Robery (black) both coming out on top in their respective matches.

It was opening-round disappointment for Rowbotham and Taylor, but all seven Team GB athletes return to the rink tomorrow where they’ll contest two matches each on day two.

Photo credit: Team GB