In the build-up to the 3rd Summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG), Athlete365 will be producing a range of content designed to get the young athletes ready for their experience in Buenos Aires – including information about activations in the Youth Olympic Village, inspirational stories from former YOG athletes, and advice on how to make the most of a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

On 12 August, to kick off this campaign and celebrate International Youth Day, athletes from a range of sports and countries recorded a video giving their younger selves an important piece of advice. Here, we’ve picked out a selection of some of the best ones…

What I would tell my younger self is to always trust your gut feeling, play on your intuition and do everything with a big smile on your face.”
Carlien Dirkse van der Heuvel (Netherlands), hockey

“It’s a really tricky question because I think everyone has their own philosophy and life, and everything is different, but for myself I would try to observe better my mistakes and try to learn faster, so I can enjoy more life.”
Santiago Lange (Argentina), sailing

“Not only focus on the goals. For sure have goals and dreams, but focus on learning to love the process. You have to learn to enjoy the training and getting better and working on yourself, because that’s what you’re [going to be doing] 99 per cent of the time.”
Tina Weirather (Switzerland), Alpine skiing

“Do everything to the max. Have no regrets. Heed the wisdom of your coaches and take their advice. And do everything in a way you won’t repeat later. Onwards and upwards!”
Yuriy Cheban (Ukraine), canoe slalom

“When you’re training it sometimes doesn’t feel worth it, but it definitely is once you see the fruits of your labour. I think some of the sacrifices you make really early on as a young athlete are ones that are hardest to make… But if you know that it’s definitely worth it then it’s a lot easier to continue.”
Mackenzie Brown (USA), archery

“You just have to keep going, keep training hard, keep doing what you love and pushing yourself to that next level – but you can never give up. Don’t be discouraged if you’re not winning all the races, because it will come eventually. Hard work always pays off.”
Chloe Esposito (Australia), modern pentathlon

It’s not too late to get involved. In the build-up to the YOG, you can give advice to your younger self, or to the young athletes competing in Buenos Aires, by posting a video on social media to @Athlete365