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Olympians talk to the YOG on the Road team

Olympians talk to the YOG on the Road team
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30/08/2012

Just days after the London 2012 Olympic Games came to a spectacular close, top track and field stars, including 19 Olympic champions, were back doing what they do best at the annual Athletissima athletics meet in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Our YOG on the Road team seized the opportunity to find out just what makes an Olympian tick and what advice they would give to budding young athletes hoping to compete in the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games.

After running a new personal best in the 100m, Olympic silver medallist Yohan Blake (JAM) told us the most important thing is to always “listen to your mum and dad”, while Olympic 100m hurdles runner-up Dawn Harper (USA), who took first place in Lausanne, revealed it is her simple passion for her sport that keeps her focused and keeps her going.

Also flying the flag for Jamaica was the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt. He eased to victory in the 200m and explained there was one thing on his mind now his season was winding down. “It’s a great feeling when you get home, put your bags down and lay down on your bed.” And, after becoming the first man in history to successfully defend an Olympic sprint double (100m and 200m), we think he deserves it.

Discover the best photos of Nanjing 2014

  • Yu Hexin of China in Men's 50m Freestyle

    Nanjing 2014 - Yu Hexin(2nd,L)of China competes during the Men's 50m Freestyle match at Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu Province, on Aug. 20, 2014. Yu Hexin of China won the gold medal.

  • Said Guliyev of Azerbaijan after winning the Men's -73kg Taekwondo

    Nanjing 2014 - Said Guliyev of Azerbaijan celebrates after winning the Men -73kg final match of taekwondo against Hamza Adnan Karim of Germany at Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, Aug. 20, 2014. Said Guliyev won the gold medal.

  • Medalists of Men's 50m Freestyle

    Nanjing 2014 - Victory Ceremony for the Men’s 50 m free style is held at the Natatorium of Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre, 20 August 2014

  • Medalists of Men's -73kg Taekwondo

    Nanjing 2014 - Gold medalist Said Guliyev(2nd L) of Azerbaijan, silver medalist Hamza Adnan Karim(1st L) of Germany and bronze medalist Danial Salehimehr of Iran(1st R), Seif Eissa of Egypt on the podium during the awarding ceremony of the Men's -73kg taekwondo event at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu Province, on August 20, 2014.

  • Medalists of Junior Men's pair final of Rowing

    Nanjing 2014 - Gold medalists Gheorghe Robert Dedu and Ciprian Tudosa (C) of Romania, silver medalists Miroslav Jech and Lukas Helesic (L) of Czech Republic and bronze medalists Gokhan Guven and Eren Can Aslan of Turkey on the podium during the awarding ceremony of Junior Men's pair final event of rowing at Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu Province, on Aug. 20, 2014.

  • Gheorghe Robert Dedu and Ciprian Tudosa of Romania of Junior Men's pair final of Rowing

    Nanjing 2014 - Gold medalists Gheorghe Robert Dedu (L) and Ciprian Tudosa of Romania on the podium during the awarding ceremony of Junior Men's pair final event of rowing at Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu Province, on Aug. 20, 2014.

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