Three winners of the International Olympic Committee’s Show Your Best initiative have enjoyed the trip of a lifetime to the Olympic Games in London.
Ryan Celestain from the USA, Alfredo Montenegro from Guatemala and Kathy Jamisse from Mozambique flew to London this week, spent four days in the British capital and visited many different Olympic venues, watching numerous sporting events.
The “Show Your Best” initiative is a global campaign and video competition aimed at engaging young people with the Olympic Movement, encouraging them to demonstrate their best, whatever that is. Entrants submitted videos showing them engaged in various sporting activities and training routines.
Segments of the winners’ videos appeared on giant screens in the main Olympic Stadium and were loudly cheered by the capacity crowd.
Jamisse said: “The cultural exchange has been wonderful; it’s been a great experience to meet people from many different countries.”
For Montenegro, seeing the basketball was his most memorable experience: “I still can’t quite believe I have seen my heroes from basketball so close up.”
Celestain was inspired by watching the men’s triathlon: “I’ve asked my trainer to set realistic goals for me to participate in a future Olympic Games.”
The winners were chosen by the IOC and several former and future Olympic athletes, including Shawn Johnson (USA), Charmaine Crooks (Canada), Pernilla Wiberg (Sweden), Fabiana Murer (Brazil) and Beckie Scott (Canada).
Crooks, a five-time Olympian and Olympic silver medallist, met the trio in London.
Submissions were judged on how well the video represented the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect, how well it demonstrated the idea of “Showing Your Best” and how inspiring the video was overall.
More details at https://showyourbest.olympic.org