Day 11: Here’s what’s been happening at the YOG
All the latest from the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) Buenos Aires 2018 venues on the penultimate day of competition…
Performance of the day
There could only be one winner today, with Argentina’s men’s 3x3 basketball team conjuring up a moment that summed up the incredible performances from the host country’s athletes – and fans – during the YOG.
Facing a dangerous Belgium team in the final, Argentina were roared on by thousands of Porteños, who packed out not only the seats inside the venue but also the hill overlooking the court and the big screens dotted around the other parks. Inspired by this, the players channelled the spirit of Manu Ginobili and the Olympic gold medal-winning team of Athens 2004 to beat their European rivals 20-15, led by top scorer Marco Giardano – who just happens to have the same initials as the greatest player in Argentinian history.
A number of social media influencers have attended the YOG, creating their own content on their adventures around the four parks to share with the world via Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Snapchat and other platforms. And the best has perhaps been saved until last, with French freestyle football sensation Lisa Zimouche arriving in Buenos Aires to enjoy the last few days of competition.
Today, she treated her Instagram followers – who number more than 1.5 million – to some skills in front of the Obelisk, before performing tricks at the 3x3 basketball and futsal venues ahead of the medal matches taking place there. “I’m so happy to be here and see all of these countries together around sport,” she said of the Games.
There has been a strong focus on sustainability and the environment at Buenos Aires 2018, with recycling bags being handed out to visitors by volunteers in every park. But nowhere has this been more apparent than at the Green Park, which is also the site for a number of interactive learning experiences aimed at local young people. One of the most popular spots has been La Casita la #Pandi, or #Pandi’s house, which invites schoolchildren to learn about environmental issues such as recycling, food waste and the jaguar’s status as an endangered species – while kids can also get their faces painted in the colours of everybody’s favourite Youth Olympic mascot.
The Youth Olympic Village has been a hub for music and dance over the past two weeks, with traditional live music, tango performances and karaoke nights all hosted on the big stage. And this evening, the Olympic Channel hosted a dance partner for the young athletes at the #GameChangers Hub, where the guest of honour was Bumblebee, the Russian breaker who has a gold and bronze medal to show for his efforts at the Games – along with a legion of new fans. Somehow he didn’t seem especially worried about the “competition” at the Village!
Quote of the day
“I am so, so happy for winning the gold medal here! It is very important for our sport and my country.”
Egypt’s Yasmin Nasr Elgewily had every reason to be happy with herself after becoming the first champion in an Olympic karate competition.