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Windsurfing YOG medallist Kieran Martin sails to victory

Kieran Martin
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02/10/2013

The Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in 2010 may have been over three years ago, but for young British windsurfer Kieran Martin, the lessons learned in those 12 exciting days helped mould him into the athlete he is today, not only on the field of play, but also off it.

Now, with a successful summer behind him in which he was crowned RS:X ISAF Youth World Sailing Champion, Kieran is looking forward to hitting the books at university and preparing for Rio 2016.

What did you learn at the first Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in 2010?

The main thing I learnt was how to be around different people from all around the world, as to some it could feel very overwhelming. The main idea was to speak with and get to know as many people as possible. It is great getting to know people and it makes everything feel a lot easier as you have people to hang out with.

Do you feel the YOG has helped you prepare for other international competitions?

It has helped more off the water rather than on it. It helped with being much more independent as you have no parents there; you have to do most things yourself. It also helped a lot with media as it was being thrown in at the deep end - from not really doing anything to do with media to cameras and interviews every day. You learn to have sentences for everything, which helps.

Are you aiming for Rio 2016?

That would be a dream goal yes, but I think the more realistic target would be 2020 as I will be dealing with university and sailing. But after that, I will be able to just focus on one thing, which would make life much easier.

Do you have any words of wisdom for those young athletes hoping to compete in the Youth Olympic Games?

It is probably the best thing I have been to, everything about it was amazing. Just soak up everything there because it would be some amazing memories! Work your hardest to go to one of the best things you will experience.

Lillehammer 2016 Photos

  • Alpine Skiing Training session

    Hafjell Olympic Slope during training for mens and women's salom. Youth Olympic Games, Lillehammer Norway, 11 February 2016.

  • Figure Skating Training session

    Elizabet Tursynbaeva Kaz during Figure Skating practice at The Hamar Olympic Hall Viking Ship during the Winter Youth Olympic Games, Lillehammer Norway, 11 February 2016.

  • Alpine Skiing Training session

    Hafjell Olympic Slope during trainning for mens and women's salom. Youth Olympic Games, Lillehammer Norway, 11 February 2016.

  • Hamar Olympic Hall

    A view of Hamar Olympic Hall, venue for Speed Skating events of the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway, captured on 11 February 2016. The venue was built as the Speed Skating rink for the Lillehammer 1994 Winter Olympic Games and designed to resemble an upturned Viking ship.

  • Cross-Country Skiing Training session

    Athletes train at the Birkebeineren Cross Country Stadium before the Winter Youth Olympic Games, Lillehammer Norway, 11 February 2016.

  • Ice Hockey Training session

    NOR Women's Ice Hockey team seen during a practice at Youth Hall before the Winter Youth Olympic Games, Lillehammer Norway, 11 February 2016.

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