Archive for May, 2016

Duda Lisboa carrying the YOG spirit

May 26th, 2016

How/why did you start your sport?

It all started when I was five, thanks to my mom, as she was a beach volleyball player. I started to train regularly when I was 12, with my mom as my coach. And I started playing in tournaments then.

What do you like most about sport?

For me the best thing about sport is the friendship and camaraderie on the court. I love to get to know new people… and learn English at the same time

What achievements are you most proud of in your sporting career?

Winning gold at the Youth Olympic Games and winning the U19 World Championships.

Favorite moment at the Youth Olympics? A special memory of your participation?

The emotion of winning gold in Nanjing was really special. It was very important as well to get to know other people from a lot of different cultures.

What made you want to participate in the Youth Olympic Games?

For me it was an important step in the process of wanting to get to the Olympic Games. This was a real driver in my career.

Favourite part of the Learn and Share activities at the YOG?

The possibility of sharing our contact information with every other athlete and thus being able to keep in touch afterwards thanks to the web.

What do you like most about the Youth Olympic Games concept?

The fair play was what stood out to me.

How special is it for you to be chosen to carry the Olympic flame in Brazil?

It is very special for me. It’s the first symbol of the Olympic Games. It’s very important and for every athlete it’s a special experience and honour.

What do you think it will be like to actually carry the flame? What do you expect of that experience?

I am a little bit nervous

What does it represent to have the Olympic Games in your home country?

It’s great, because I will get to see all the great athletes, all the idols I have been admiring for a long time. The emotion will be very high.

What are the next steps for you in your sporting career?

My next big objective is to reach the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, so before that I’ll have to work hard on the World Championships in order to qualify.

What achievements are you most proud of outside of your sporting career?

Staying simple and helping my fellow beings.

What are your personal hobbies outside your sport?

Listening to music, reading, going out with my boyfriend and hanging out with my family.

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From the YOG to the Games: the adventure continues!

May 19th, 2016

We have been following each career with great interest, be it the athletes or other YOG representatives. The Rio 2016 Games will be a new opportunity for all these people to experience a truly global event.

For their part, the athletes will have the chance to compete against the world’s best. And perhaps, like Chad le Clos four years ago in London, they will make their mark on Olympic history:

For others, it will be a chance to develop their competences in various areas, for example the young reporters covering the event. Over the coming weeks, we shall be spotlighting the largest possible number of these careers on our website, Facebook,Twitter and Instagram. The official hashtag for all these stories is: #YOGtoRio

So the period between now and the Olympic Games Rio 2016 looks like being an exceptional time, full of emotions for everyone getting ready to take part in the first Games in South America. Stay tuned to get the inside story on how each person is preparing to be in peak form for Rio 2016!

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Lillehammer 2016 fire still burning!

May 18th, 2016

Three months after the Lillehammer 2016 Youth Olympic Games (YOG), the flame continues to burn brightly for a group of empowered young participants, who are delivering sports projects in their own communities inspired by the Olympic spirit.

Ranging from introducing underprivileged young people to roller-skiing in the favelas of Brazil, to encouraging women and visually-impaired people to practise karate in Moldova and organising access to sport for refugees in Austria, these projects are being supported by an IOC pilot scheme offering seed-funding to Young Ambassadors (YAs) seeking to make the world a better place through sport.

YAs are nominated by their respective National Olympic Committees (NOCs) ahead of each edition of the YOG to ensure that their athletes get the most out of their YOG experience. Aged 18-25 at the time of their nomination, the YAs come from all walks of life but share a passion for sport and its values. Since Singapore 2010, the programme has amassed a global network of 203 impassioned YAs from 105 NOCs.

The YA+ pilot scheme was launched in September 2015 to encourage the international community of YAs to activate their learnings and experiences and pass on their knowledge and passion to others. The initiative invited the YA alumni to submit their own projects or provide plans to extend existing projects based around four themes of Olympism, i.e. Peace & Development, Healthy Active Living, Sustainability and Inclusion. An IOC panel met to review the applications last December, and 11 projects received funding of up to CHF 5,000 each. All projects are subject to a thorough process of review and accountability.

To date, two projects have been delivered: Lucie Tuzova (CZE, Lillehammer 2016) organised a public event in one of her capital city’s largest shopping malls, introducing young people to ice hockey and the Olympic values; and Valéry de Falbaire (MRI, Nanjing 2014) held an educational team-building day for athletes from his country’s national federations, inspired by the Learn & Share activities of the YOG, featuring workshops on nutrition, injury prevention and doping.

The remaining nine funding recipients are in the process of researching, developing and delivering their projects. All projects must be delivered by the end of the calendar year. The early results of this trial period clearly illustrate how young people can help deliver the IOC vision for the YOG of “inspiring more young people to participate in sport and adopt and live by the Olympic values”. Based on the success of this pilot scheme, the IOC is now considering opening up the programme and inviting other champions and change-makers (Olympians, YOG athletes, Athlete Role Models, etc.) to submit projects for consideration for 2017.

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Buenos Aires 2018 begins work on the Youth Olympic Village

May 10th, 2016

To demonstrate Buenos Aires 2018’s efforts to stage sustainable YOG, the cornerstone was printed using a 3D printer and material from recycled plastic bottles. This supported the Buenos Aires 2018 environmental campaign for people in the city to bring their plastic bottles to “Green Points” located around Buenos Aires.

“Through this initiative, we are honouring our working principles of innovation and sustainability. We involved the community in every step of the process, making them a key part of the project and promoting respect for the environment,” said Leandro Larrosa, CEO of BAYOGOC.

More than 700 people attended the official inauguration. Among them were authorities from both the National and the City’s Governments, the Argentine Olympic Com­mittee, the Organising Committee, Olympic athletes, kids, construction workers and many other guests.

From left to right: Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, Mayor of Buenos Aires; Mauricio Macri, Argenti­na’s President; IOC Member Gerardo Werthein.

The event began in the morning with sports initi­ation activities. More than 300 young people from local schools played rugby, hockey and athletics. This was followed by a speech from Argentine Olympic Committee Presi­dent and IOC Member Gerardo Werthein. The Mayor of Buenos Aires, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, emphasised the fact that the YOG are “one of the most inspiring projects we have nowadays in our city and our country. It combines all the values we want our city to work, grow and develop with”.

Mauricio Macri, Argenti­na’s President, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta and Ge­rardo Werthein unveiled the cornerstone to a loud cheer from the crowd. All in all, the day had a little of everything with which Buenos Aires 2018 will be identified: sports, youth, innova­tion and culture – an inspiring stepping stone on the road to 2018.

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