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What are the Youth Olympic Games?

The Youth Olympic Games have a lot in common with the traditional Olympic Games. For instance, there are a variety of sports competitions in the Youth Olympic Games that young athletes participate in. Also, there are summer as well as winter Youth Olympic Games. The design of the Youth Olympic Games includes an extra element of education to benefit young competitors. For instance, while participating in the Youth Olympic Games the competitors learn about living a healthy lifestyle and putting Olympic values into practice in their daily lives. The following contains some more details about the Youth Olympic Games.

The participants of the Youth Olympic Games are kids aged 14 to 18. Many of the kids who go to the Youth Olympic Games are athletes while others are there to report on the games or simply watch them. In addition, the young people who attend the Youth Olympic Games live in places all over the world. Like the Olympics, the Youth Olympic Games occur every four years. All of the young people who attend the Youth Olympic Games learn more about other cultures and get the chance to meet a variety of people.

In 2007, the International Olympic Committee approved the creation of the Youth Olympic Games. Consequently, the first Youth Olympic Games took place in Singapore in August of 2010. The idea of a youth version of the Olympics was brought up by a man named Johann Rosenzopf in 1998. It’s believed that the idea of the Youth Olympic Games was prompted by nagging concerns regarding the overall physical health of today’s youth. The Youth Olympic Games celebrate the physical activities and sports events of its young participants. The first Youth Olympic Games included approximately 3600 participants.

The list of events in the Youth Olympic Games is similar to that of the Olympic Games. However, there are some differences in specific types of events. For example, in the Youth Olympic Games there are swimming and diving events, but not water polo. In some ways the Youth Olympic Games are done on a smaller scale than the Olympic Games. Some other events in the Youth Olympic Games include figure skating, sailing, table tennis, curling, and mountain bike competitions. The Youth Olympic Games allow young athletes of all types the opportunity to participate in the exciting competitions.

Some of the events in the Youth Olympic Games involve young men and women competing against one another. Archery, table tennis, and fencing are just a few of the events in the Youth Olympic Games that pit young female and male competitors against one another. This type of mixed gender competition contributes to the efforts of the Youth Olympic Games to introduce the participants to people of different cultures.

Finally, the Youth Olympic Games helps to educate young participants while providing them with the opportunity to display their athletic skills and talents.  

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