The multi-sport event is recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Toronto staged the first World Masters Games in 1985. Bled (Slovenia) staged the first Winter World Masters Games in 2010. and the second edition of the Games took place in Quebec (Canada) in 2015.
More than 3,000 athletes from over 58 nations will gather in Innsbruck to compete for medals in 12 disciplines -Alpine Skiing, Ski Mountaineering, Curling,Ice Hockey, Figure Skating, Speed Skating, Short Track, Biathlon, Cross-Country Skiing, Nordic Combined, Ski Jumping, and Ski Orienteering-, according to the motto “spirit together”.
After hosting the Winter Olympic games of 1964 and 1976, the Universiade 2005, the 2012 Youth Olympic Games and the International Children's Games in 2016, the Winter World Masters Games will once again place Innsbruck in the International multi-sport spotlight.
On 11th of January the Masters Games 2020 will be ceremonially opened in the heart of the city of Innsbruck. The athletes' parade will be the first highlight.
The Alpine Skiing competitions, and the Vertical Race (Ski Mountaineering), will take place in the ski resort of Patscherkofel.
The disciplines Slalom, Giant Slalom, Super G and the opening race (WWMG Race) form the Alpine Skiing programme at the Winter World Masters Games in Innsbruck.
Patscherkofel is Innsbruck’s local mountain located to the south of the city. Easy to recognise from its rounded shape and the prominent radio mast on its peak, Patscherkofel is a favourite with locals and has played an important role in Innsbruck’s rich sporting tradition. It was here that the Alpine Skiing and Bobsleigh competitions were held during the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics.
The participants in the Winter World Masters Games in Innsbruck can look forward to breathtaking panoramic views of Innsbruck and the Nordkette Mountains on the other side of the valley as well as splendid vistas taking in the Inntal, Wipptal and Stubaital valleys.