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04 Apr 2011

The legacy of Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games lives on

They came, they competed, they celebrated and commiserated, and now the thousands of athletes who participated in the Youth Olympic Games will forever be a part of Singapore’s Marina Bay, the setting for the spectacular closing ceremony eight months ago, with the unveiling of a permanent mural featuring their hand-made tiles. Constructed of 3,088 tiles, 2,804 of which were individually hand-crafted by the athletes and workforce, the Youth Olympic Mural is assembled in an interlocking pattern to symbolize the friendships made in the game.

The YOG legacy also lives on at Marina Bay’s dedicated tree-lined Olympic Walk and Youth Olympic Park, where a photo exhibition displaying more than 3,000 images of the athletes who took part will be a permanent fixture alongside more than 30 other sculptures and plaques commemorating the event.

For many competitors, Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games proved a vital stepping stone on their path to the London 2012 Olympic Games. British diver Tom Daley, said at the time: “I think that the Singapore Youth Olympic Games has been an amazing opportunity for all the young athletes here to make that extra step onto the bigger scale of the main Olympics because I would love to have that opportunity to experience the village, the competition, the way that the competition worked before I went to Beijing and I think it’s a great opportunity for people to learn from this experience.”

With a strong legacy to build on, all eyes are now on Innsbruck, Austria, who look set to recreate the success of Singapore with the first ever Winter Youth Olympic Games next January. With just 10 months to go, the countdown is on!

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