12 August is International Youth Day, a day which gives an opportunity to celebrate young people’s views and initiatives since 1999. At the Olympic Games Rio 2016, the spirit of youth has been felt in many different ways.
It all started with the IOC’s daily briefing with the press at the Games, which included the appearance of Felipe Wu Almeida, who won a silver medal at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Singapore. The Brazilian sport-shooter was the first to win a medal for the Olympic host nation, winning silver in the men’s 10m air pistol. He talked about his experience at the YOG: "I became a better person and a better athlete. It's a unique experience, and anybody who has the opportunity should train from an early age. It was great preparation, I was a much more experienced athlete and it helped my confidence.
Worldwide Olympic Partner Samsung made sure it celebrated the day as well, inviting 30 children from the favelas for an unforgettable day at the Olympic Games. The children, who live in different favelas in Rio, started the day watching the women’s handball match between Brazil and Angola, and enjoyed the excitement of watching a match up-close with all the thrill of being at the Arena of the Future, in Barra da Tijuca.