Lausanne 2020 has published its competition schedule for the Winter Youth Olympic Games ©Lausanne 2020

Lausanne 2020 has released the competition schedule for next year's Winter Youth Olympic Games, featuring its "two-wave" system for athletes due to compete at the event.

A total of 81 competitions are due to be held at eight venues during the Games, beginning with the Opening Ceremony on January 9.

The first gold medals will be awarded in the super-G and ski mountaineering - which is making its debut on the Winter Youth Olympic Games programme - the day after the curtain-raiser.

Mixed National Olympic Committee ice hockey and figure skating will also take place on January 10, the first day of competition.

January 16 will mark the transition day, where those athletes who have participated in the first week will make way for those due to compete in the second.

Curling is the only discipline which will run throughout the Games.

Around 1,880 athletes will take part at Lausanne 2020, which ends with the Closing Ceremony at the medals plaza in the Olympic capital on January 20.

Spectators can attend all events at the Games for free.

"As an athlete, this is when it all starts to feel real," said Lausanne 2020 President Virginie Faivre. 

"Knowing the date, the time and the place of each competition brings an indescribable feeling of excitement. 

"The countdown starts now and the next few months of training will be decisive. 

"I can only wish all the young athletes and their teams the best of luck in these last moments of preparation. 

"They can count on the amazing work of Lausanne 2020’s staff and volunteers to make these Games incredible and a memory which they will treasure forever."

The full competition schedule can be read here.