Archive for February, 2015

Sergey Bubka and Nawal El Moutawakel tell Rio youngsters: ‘Hard work makes champions’

February 23rd, 2015

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Rio 2016

David Ferrer looks towards 2016 Olympic Games after winning Rio Open

February 23rd, 2015

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Rio 2016

Qatar wins place in equestrian jumping competition at Rio 2016 Olympic Games

February 20th, 2015

10 athletes aiming to go out with a bang at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

February 18th, 2015

Rio 2016 enters the spirit of summer with new beach ‘cangas’

February 16th, 2015

Rafael Nadal excited about Rio 2016 Olympic Games – but first it’s time for carnival

February 13th, 2015

Manaus enters race to host Rio 2016 Olympic Games football matches

February 12th, 2015

New Zealand women’s rugby players win local hearts in visit to Rio de Janeiro

February 10th, 2015

Mario Vázquez Raña leaves legacy for Olympic Movement

February 9th, 2015

From YOG to Sochi and beyond!

February 9th, 2015

© IOC/C. Graythen

There were gold medals won by  Adelina Sotnikova (RUS) in front of her home nation in figure skating, Shim Suk Hee (KOR)  who picked up a medal of each colour in short track speed skating, and the literally high-flying Andreas Wellinger (GER) in ski jumping.  Taku Hiraoka (JPN) also made a name for himself as he bypassed Shaun White for the bronze medal in the men’s snowboard half pipe.

© IOC/A. Bello

The story continues for many of the YOG athletes. Shim Suk Hee went onto smash it at the ISU World Championships last year in Montreal; and Australian luger Alex Ferlazzo, who trains on a street luge in tropical Queensland, went on to make more history by becoming the first Australian to win a medal in luge, which he claimed at the Junior World Cup in December 2014.  In the same month, fellow luger Tucker West (USA) went onto win the first men’s World Cup title for his country since 1997.

Taking inspiration from YOG Ambassador and freestyle skier Kevin Rolland (FRA), who himself picked up bronze in Sochi in ski half pipe, fellow freestyler Katie Summerhayes (GBR), the ski slopestyle pioneer, just claimed silver last month at the FIS Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships. Meanwhile, Sara Takanashi (JPN), the ski jumping favourite who missed out on the podium in Sochi, has now gone onto win 26 World Cup titles.

Behind the scenes, there are also the Young Ambassadors and Young Reporters who, since working tirelessly in Sochi supporting their athletes or reporting on the Games, now continue to work for their NOC or have full time journalist positions to bring more tales of the future Games!

Together these individuals brought not only the YOG magic to the Olympic Games, but a good dose of YOG-DNA!

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Singapore 2010 YOG, Youth Games