Youth Olympic Games

After a dazzling inaugural edition staged by Singapore in 2010, Nanjing (CHN) will host the second edition of the Summer Youth Olympic Games from August 16-28, 2014.

With diving and swimming events on the programme, the YOG gather the best athletes aged 14 to 18 years old from more than 200 National Olympic Committees to celebrate the values of sport, cultural exchange and education.


YOG Singapore 2010, Day 5: Seven finals, 13 countries on the podium, six medals for Australia

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“Variety” was the key-concept of the fourth session of finals at the Youth Olympic Games, taking place in Singapore. Throughout the seven finals contested, no less than 13 nations earned medals in the pool of the Sports School; two of them – Singapore and Kuwait (competing in these Games under the IOC flag) – were on a swimming Olympic podium for the first time; Australia was the most prolific country, with no less than six awards (one gold, two silver and three bronze) in this session; China, with two gold, comfortably reinforced the lead of the medal chart; Italy won the first race of these Games; to complete the scenario, the many spectators and young students that filled the stands of the venue were even awarded with a shared medal (bronze) in the men’s 50m backstroke.

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YOG Singapore 2010, Day 4: After 15 finals, several multi-medallists in evidence

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With China reinforcing its lead of the medal chart at the swimming competition of the first Youth Olympic Games, taking place in Singapore, some preliminary conclusions can be taken regarding the athletes to watch for the future. In fact, after 15 finals contested, many multi-medallists are proving their potential and many of them will certainly be a “card to play” in future editions of FINA World Championships and Olympic Games.

Among men, the star so far is South Africa’s Chad Le Clos. In the third session of finals, he managed to earn two more medals, this time the silver in the 100m butterfly and the bronze in the 4x100m free relay. His collection is now of four awards, after his silver in the 400m free and the gold in the 200m individual medley.

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YOG Singapore 2010, Day 3: Swimming, Olympics & Medals – Winning combination for new countries

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There are countries that transformed the act of winning an Olympic medal in Swimming into a “normal” thing: nations like United States, Australia or Russia have in each of the stars earning an Olympic podium a swimmer of talent, but the “quantity” of success necessarily leads to routine. There are many other countries for which the winning combination “Swimming + Olympics + Medals” was never a reality. The first edition of the Youth Olympic Games, taking place in Singapore, is re-balancing the situation: if the inaugural day of finals marked the first Olympic medals in this discipline for Venezuela (Cristian Quintero, bronze in the men’s 400m free) and Czech Republic (Barbora Zavadova, third in the women’s 200m IM), the second session saw the entry of two new countries in the “Olympic club”: Israel (Yakov Toumarkin, second in the men’s 10m backstroke) and Portugal (Ana de Pinho Rodrigues, third in the women’s 50m breaststroke). This is also what the Youth Olympic Games are about: a platform for future performances at the highest level, in an atmosphere where it is possible to “breathe” some of the pressure of the traditional Olympic Games.

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YOG Singapore 2010, Day 2: China enters twice in history

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During the inaugural day of the Swimming programme at the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore, China made history on two occasions: in the men’s 400m free, Jun Dai was the first ever Youth Olympic champion in Swimming, by getting the gold in 3:50.91. In the third and last final of the session, the team of China also triumphed in the mixed 4x100m free relay. For this event, never contested at an official FINA competition, the composition of the teams includes two boys and two girls, who can swim in whatever order they want. If during preliminaries, tactics changed enormously among the participating countries, in the decisive race, all the eight finalists except Hong Kong chose the formula “one boy, two girls, one boy”. With equivalent strategies, China (Bowei Sun, Yi Tang, Lan Liu and Jianbin He) got the gold in 3:31.34, defeating Australia (second in 3:31.69), and France (third in 3:35.90).

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YOG Singapore 2010, Day 1: Spectacular Opening Ceremony celebrates Youth, Sport and Culture

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The inaugural edition of the Youth Olympic Games, in Singapore (SIN), is officially open. After a spectacular Opening Ceremony, where Youth, Sport and Culture were the key concepts, the best young athletes of the planet will start competing in 26 sports, until August 26. The President of the International Olympic Committee, Jacques Rogge, addressed them a strong message: "You will learn the difference between winning and being a champion. To win, you merely have to cross the finish line first. To be a champion, you have to inspire admiration for your character, as well as for your physical talent. You have to compete in spirit of fair play, respecting your opponents and the rules — without doping or any other unfair advantage".

Held in the breathtaking scenario of Singapore’s Marina Bay, surrounded by the city skyscrapers and the now emblematic Marina Bay Sands complex, the show combined light and music with original choreographies and some innovation in terms of the Olympic protocol at Opening Ceremonies. The parade of the athletes was, for example, not done in the traditional way; this time, the competitors entered in a block in one of the first “chapters” of the Ceremony. A bit later, the flags of the 205 nations present in Singapore made their formal entry in the Marina Bay. Besides the usual athletes and officials’ oath, coaches also swear to respect the Olympic ideals during the competition.

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YOG Singapore 2010, One Day to go: Swimming gets ready, Village gets busy

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With one day to go for the Opening Ceremony of the 1st Youth Olympic Games in Singapore (SIN), the Swimming family held this Friday, August 13, its Team Leaders meeting before the start of the competition, to be held from August 15-20. The first motive of celebration relates with the very significant participation in the 34 swimming events – the 400 athletes allowed by the IOC quota for this discipline represent 153 National Olympic Committees.

In a meeting held in the Youth Olympic Village, team leaders and responsible for the many delegations present in Singapore, were briefed on the technical procedures surrounding the competition and were happy to know that the facility for Swimming – the Singapore Sports School – will provide optimal conditions for excellent performances. This is a venue well known by the FINA Family, as it hosts the annual leg of the FINA Swimming World Cup (in 25m-pool).

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First Youth Olympic Games medals unveiled!

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As the athletes prepare for their arrival in Singapore, the first medals for the Youth Olympic Games were unveiled. Competition takes place between 15 and 26 August, where the best performing athletes will be awarded this specially designed medal. FINA will be represented in the disciplines of Swimming and Diving.

The obverse design was created by Setsuko Fukuzawa from Japan, winner of the Medal Design Competition held by the International Olympic Committee in the build-up to Singapore 2010. Her medal features the flames and waves, symbolising the Olympic spirit and the cheering of athletes. The Olympian’s body shaped in a ‘Y’ is reminiscent of Goddess Nike and stands for Youth, as referred to in the “Yes Youth Can” slogan, the name that Setsuko gave to her creation. The reverse side features the mythical lion synonymous with Singapore, and emblem for the Games, which represents the spirit of youth.

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Introducing Lyo & Merly - Mascots for the 1st YOG

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As mascots for Singapore 2010, Lyo, a lion cub, embodies the values of Excellence and Friendship, while Merly, a merlion, personifies the values of Excellence and Respect. Through their acts and stories, they will promote the Olympic Values of Excellence, Friendship and Respect.

Welcoming Lyo and Merly to the Singapore 2010 family, Mr Goh Kee Nguan, Chief Executive Officer of the Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee, said, "As mascots for Singapore 2010, Lyo and Merly have to appeal to the international community and the youth. At the same time, they must also possess a strong Singapore's identity. As the host city for the inaugural YOG, we hope to share our culture with friends around the world. What better way to do it than to have Lyo and Merly represent us and the youth, and be the faces of the first YOG."

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IOC President praises preparations for first YOG

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YOGIOC President, Jacques Rogge, today wrapped up a successful trip to Singapore in the final months leading up to the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in August. The trip included a tour of the venues for sport, culture and education programme activities, and participation in the seminar organised for the National Olympic Committees that will send athletes to the YOG.

During his three-day visit, the President visited the Youth Olympic Village, Games venues, Opening and Closing Ceremony location, and the Intelligent Transport Systems Centre. He also took part in the Chefs de Mission seminar, which provided the delegation heads of National Olympic Committees (NOCs) with information and advice on how to prepare the athletes who will compete in August. During his trip he also dedicated time to give motivational speeches to the staff of the Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee (SYOGOC) and local university students.

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Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games Theme Song to be performed by singers from five continents

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The Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee (SYOGOC) has assembled singers from five continents to sing the theme song for the first-ever Youth Olympic Games.

Coming on board to perform the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games (Singapore 2010) theme song are Ms Jody Williams representing Africa, Mr Sean Kingston representing America, Ms Tabitha Nauser representing Asia, Mr Steve Appleton representing Europe, and Ms Jessica Mauboy representing Oceania. Details of the singers can be found at Annex A.

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