Check out everything that’s been going on around the venues on the tenth day of the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018…
Performance of the Day
Chinese archer Zhang Mengyao relied on the advice of a former YOG champion as she clinched gold in the women’s recurve event, beating Elia Canales of Spain, 6-2, in the final. The 16-year-old’s YOG title follows that of her compatriot Li Jiaman, who won gold in the same event at the YOG Nanjing 2014; and Zhang revealed that sought advice from Li before arriving in Buenos Aires.
“She shared her experience, her story with me and this helped me here,” she said after clinching gold. “I’m very happy. I was a bit nervous, but I have previous experience from big competitions so I have my way to calm down. Step by step I’m gaining more experience for these kinds of moments and to be more relaxed.”
Points mean prizes
At the heart of the athlete experience at Buenos Aires 2018 – and at every previous edition of the YOG – has been the YOGGER, the innovative tool that allows athletes to instantly exchange contact details. Rarely seen without this small white device attached to their accreditation, athletes have been accumulating points by completing a wide range of educational activities around the Youth Olympic Village as part of the Athletes' Challenge, from surveys on topics such as anti-doping and e-sports to karaoke performances and the creation of GIFs for social media.
The more points you earn the better the prizes you can receive, which has been a source of motivation for Venezuelan fencer Anabella Acurero Gonzalez. “I did all of the activities,” she said, while collecting an exclusive smartphone case and charger, beach towel and rucksack. “It’s a different way to learn – more fun and engaging."
When they’re not busy competing or training, you’re sure to see the young athletes out and about in venues throughout Buenos Aires, enthusiastically cheering on their team-mates.
Ukraine’s Oleh Veredyba finished his judo events almost a week ago, so has been able to see a whole host of other sports – including his country’s 3x3 basketball victory over Italy in the men’s quarterfinals today.
“I was the first Ukrainian athlete to compete here, and so every day I have just been going to the venues to cheer for our team-mates,” says the 16-year-old, who won bronze in the men’s -55kg event. “It’s quite emotional; seeing all my friends win medals is almost as good as when I won my own medal. It is the same level of feeling.”
Sharing their stories
The latest ‘Chat with Champions’ session was held in the Youth Olympic Village this evening, giving the young athletes the chance to put questions to successful Olympians to help guide their own careers.
Joining the athletes in the Village tonight were Canada’s Roseline Filion, a two-time Olympic bronze medallist in diving, and double Olympic champion Félix Sánchez, who won 400m hurdles gold at the Olympic Games Athens 2004 and London 2012.
“Having this opportunity to help international athletes – and not just those from Canada – is amazing,” said Filion. “I’m grateful that I’m able to give back to the sport that has given me so much, and share some of my experiences.”
Quote of the Day
“When we started out in Buenos Aires, we got a bit obsessed with collecting pins. I haven’t even counted how many I’ve got. I knew it was getting serious when my roommate started talking about pins in her sleep. She’d be saying, ‘Yeah, I’ll swap that one... I need that one.’”
Cyclist Phoebe Young reveals that some of her fellow members of the New Zealand team have become slightly obsessed with collecting Olympic pins.