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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

  • Watanabe Ippei of Japan in Men's 200m Breaststroke

    Nanjing 2014 - Watanabe Ippei of Japan competes during men's 200m breaststroke final event at Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu Province, Aug. 20, 2014. Watanabe won the gold medal.

  • Players from China after the Women Bronze Medal Match of Rugby Sevens

    Nanjing 2014 -Players from China celebrate after winning the women bronze medal match of rugby sevens against the United States at Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, Aug. 20, 2014. China won the bronze medal.

  • Medalists of Women's 200m Freestyle

    Nanjing 2014 - Gold medalist Shen Duo (C) of People's Republic of China, silver medalist Qiu Yuhan (L)of People's Republic of China and bronze medalist Brianna Throssell of Australia on the podium during the awarding ceremony of Women's 200m freestyle of Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu Province, on August 20, 2014. 

  • Shen Duo of People's Republic of China in the final of Women's 200m Freestyle

    Nanjing 2014 - Shen Duo of People's Republic of China competes during the final of Women's 200m freestyle of Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu Province, on August 20, 2014. Shen Duo won the gold.

  • Medalists of Women's 50m Butterfly

    Nanjing 2014 - Gold medalist Rozaliya Nasretdinova(C) of Russian Federation, silver medalist Svenja Stoffel(L) of Switzerland and bronze medalist Nastja Govejsek of Slovenia on the podium during the awarding ceremony of the Women's 50m Butterfly Final match of the swimming event at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu Province, on August 20, 2014. 

  • Rozaliya Nasretdinova of Russian Federation in the Women's 50m Butterfly

    Nanjing 2014 - Rozaliya Nasretdinova of Russian Federation competes during the Women's 50m Butterfly Final match of the swimming event at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu Province, on August 20, 2014. Rozaliya Nasretdinova won the gold medal. 

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