Six athletes from Vail qualified to compete.

The 2020 Youth Olympic Winter Games start this week, and several athletes from Colorado will be hopping on a plane and heading to Switzerland to compete.

The competition is one of the most prestigious for athletes 18 years old and younger who compete in snow and winter sports. The games are modeled after the Olympics and are overseen by the International Olympic Committee. The 2020 Youth Olympic Winter Games will be held in Lausanne, Switzerland, from January 9-22, 2020.

Almost 2,000 athletes from over 70 countries will compete in the 13-day event. Eight sports, 16 sports disciplines, and 81 medal events will take place in this multi-sport competition. 

The U.S Youth Olympic Team is sending 96 athletes to Lausanne, with Colorado sending 19 athletes to compete, the most of any state. You can check out the full roster here.

Six athletes from Vail made the team, three in Alpine ski racing; Nicola Rountree-Williams, Emma Resnick, and Trent Pennington. Freeskier Riley Jacobs will be competing in the halfpipe, big air, and slopestyle events, and snowboarders Jack Coyne and Conner Schlegel round out the group from Vail.

Steamboat Springs is sending four athletes: Tess Amone and Alexa Brabec will compete in Nordic combined and Annika Belshaw and Erik Belshaw will compete in ski jumping. And finally, Svea Irving, a freestyle skier from Winter Park; and Grace Staberg of Silverthorne, who's also the oldest member of the entire U.S. team and will be competing in ski mountaineering.

“We’re excited to support this talented group of Youth Olympians as they represent Team USA in Lausanne,” said Unites States Olympic and Paraolymic Comittee CEO Sarah Hirshland. “These Youth Olympic Games are a great competitive opportunity for the athletes and help advance the Olympic values and encourage cultural exchange. I wish our American athletes an incredible experience, both on and off the field of play.”

These young athletes represent the top in the country and have worked very hard to qualify. We'll be rooting them on and hope to see some medals come home to the Centennial State.

What local athletes will you be watching out for at the 2020 Youth Olympic Winter Games? Sound off in the comments.