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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

  • Lu Shao-Chuan (R) of Chinese Taipei and Viktoriya Sukhorukova of Ukraine after the 10m Air Rifle Mixed

    Nanjing 2014 - Lu Shao-Chuan (R) of Chinese Taipei and Viktoriya Sukhorukova of Ukraine celebrate after the 10m Air Rifle Mixed International Teams Competition at Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, August 22, 2014. They won the bronze.

  • Medalists of Men's Trampoline

    Nanjing 2014 - Gold medalist Dylan Schmidt (C) of New Zealand, silver medalist Liu Changxin (L) of People's Republic of China and bronze medalist Pedro Ribeiro Ferreira of Portugal on the podium during the awarding ceremony of men's trampoline gymnastic final event at Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, Aug. 22, 2014.

  • Istvan Peni (R) of Hungary and Hadir Mekhimar of Egypt in the 10m Air Rifle Mixed

    Nanjing 2014 - Istvan Peni (R) of Hungary and Hadir Mekhimar of Egypt compete during the 10m Air Rifle Mixed International Teams Competition at Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, August 22, 2014. They won the gold.

  • Dylan Schmidt of New Zealand in the Men's Trampoline

    Nanjing 2014 - Dylan Schmidt of New Zealand competes during the men's trampoline gymnastic final event at Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, Aug. 22, 2014. Schmidt won the gold medal.

  • Medalists of the Women's Shoot-out

    "Nanjing 2014 - Lucia Togores Carpintero from Spain wins the gold medal, Micunovic Ela from Slovenia wins the sliver medal and Samuelson Katie Lou wins the bronze medal, Wutaishan Basketball Venue, 21 August 2014. "

  • Bronze medalist Katie Lou Samuelson of the USA in the women's shoot-out

    Nanjing 2014 - Bronze medalist Katie Lou Samuelson of the United States of America competes during women's shoot-out contest final of basketball at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, Aug. 21, 2014.

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