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IOC announces line-up of sport stars supporting the first Youth Olympic Games


The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today announced the list of Singapore 2010 Athlete Role Models (ARMs) for the inaugural Youth Olympic Games from 14 to 26 August in Singapore.

The list features many legendary names from the world of sport. The role models were appointed by the International Federations taking part in the Youth Olympic Games and by the IOC Athletes’ Commission.

The Athlete Role Models will be in Singapore to mentor the 3,600 young athletes who are expected to attend the Youth Olympic Games. Among other activities, the ARMs will spend time with the athletes and will participate in activities during the Culture and Education Programme, which will focus on five themes: Olympism and Olympic values, skill development, well-being and healthy lifestyles, social responsibility and expression through digital media.

Athletes at the Youth Olympic Games will be encouraged to engage in conversation with the ARMs, who will attend the competitions, visit the Youth Olympic Village and feature in “Chat with Champions” forums designed to inspire and educate the participants with personal accounts of their own dreams and experiences, and the challenges they have overcome.

Sergey Bubka, an Olympic gold medal-winning pole vaulter and Chairman of the IOC Coordination Commission for the 1st Summer Youth Olympic Games, said he is delighted to be an Athlete Role Model and is impressed by the line-up put together by the International Federations and Athletes’ Commission. “These are not just great athletes the International Federations have chosen, these are also inspirational people. I am sure the young athletes will enjoy being around them, and they will learn a great deal about what it takes to be a top athlete and live by the Olympic values.”

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The list of Athlete Role Models follows:

Archery

Wietse van Alten

NED

Athletics

Wilson Kipketer

DEN

Badminton

Poul Erik HoyerLarsen

DEN

Badminton

Xu Huaiwen

GER

Basketball

Andrew Gaze

AUS

Basketball

Sarunas Marciulonis

LTU

Basketball

Alexandar Djordjevic

SER

Basketball

Michele Timms

AUS

Boxing

Domenico Valentino

ITA

Canoeing

Tony Estanguet

FRA

Cycling

Frédéric Magné

FRA

Equestrian

Lisen Bratt

SWE

Fencing

Valentina Vezzali

ITA

Football

Brandi Chastain

USA

Gymnastics

Jani Tanskanen

FIN

Judo

Ruben Houkes

NED

Handball

Jackson Richardson

FRA

Hockey

Andrew Smith

AUS

Modern Pentathlon

Georgina Harland

GBR

Rowing

Lenka  Wech

GER

Sailing

Michael Gebhardt

USA

Shooting

Matthew Emmons

USA

Diving

Guo Jingjing

CHN

Table Tennis

Jean-Philippe Gatien

FRA

Taekwondo

Daniel Trenton

AUS

Tennis

Ai Sugiyama

JPN

Triathlon

Hamish Carter

NZL

Volleyball

Feng Kun

CHN

Weightlifting

Pawina Thongsuk

THA

Wrestling

Daniel Robin

FRA

 IOC Athletes’ Commission

Robert Balk

USA

 IOC Athletes’ Commission

Claudia Bokel

GER

 IOC Athletes’ Commission

Sergey Bubka

UKR

 IOC Athletes’ Commission

Charmaine Crooks

CAN

 IOC Athletes’ Commission

Hicham El Guerrouj

MAR

 IOC Athletes’ Commission

Rania Elwani

EGY

 IOC Athletes’ Commission

Frank Fredericks

NAM

 IOC Athletes’ Commission

Barbara Kendall

NZL

 IOC Athletes’ Commission

Yumilka Ruiz Luaces

CUB

 IOC Athletes’ Commission

Dae Sung Moon

KOR

 IOC Athletes’ Commission

Adam Pengilly

GBR

 IOC Athletes’ Commission

Alexander Popov

RUS

 IOC Athletes’ Commission

Angela Ruggiero

USA

 IOC Athletes’ Commission

Rebecca Scott

CAN

 IOC Athletes’ Commission

Peter Tallberg

FIN

 IOC Athletes’ Commission

Pedro Yang

GUA

 IOC Athletes’ Commission

Yang Yang

CHN

 

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