13 August 2014, Lausanne (SUI) ~ With just three days to go to the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, the FEI has launched a dedicated blog – youtholympics.fei.org – to report live from one of the world’s most exciting international sports competitions for young athletes.
The FEI Youth Olympic Games blog will feature all the latest news, exclusive images, athlete interviews, quotes, competition results, facts and figures, and loads of information in real time. Each of the equestrian athletes will be profiled on a dedicated page listing their sporting achievements and dreams.
The blog will take you behind the scenes of this fantastic event that takes place from 16 to 28 August. There are 30 athletes from 30 nations competing in the Jumping competitions, one of 28 sports at this second edition of the summer Youth Olympic Games, which are held every four years.
Among the athletes, Michael Duffy (IRL) started competing at seven years of age and dreams of becoming world number one. Fan of great Irish hero Eddie Macken, Duffy competed at his first senior Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ in Odense (DEN) this year and finished fourth in the CSIO3* Grand Prix of Maubeuge (FRA). He has his eyes firmly set on the future and hopes to represent Ireland at the Olympic Games.
“The Youth Olympic Games are a fantastic opportunity for our younger generation of athletes to get a taste for the Olympic Games, meet athletes from different cultures and to really experience the true essence of sport and sportsmanship”, said Hong Kong Olympian Samantha Lam, the Equestrian Athlete Role Model at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games.
“Equestrian sport will be extra special in Nanjing, simply because our athletes will be competing for medals on borrowed horses, making this already unique sport even more unique. The team format for equestrian at YOG is also very exciting with one rider from every continent forming a team, teaching our young athletes the vital sporting and life skills of working together for a common goal.”
Equestrian is also the only Olympic sport in which men and women compete on equal terms for all the medals. And at the YOG 2014 the gender divide is particularly well balanced with 15 girls and 15 boys registered to compete, a happy and meaningful coincidence! The 30 athletes will fight for medals in the Individual Jumping and Team Jumping competitions in the Xinzhuang Equestrian Venue from 19 to 24 August.
“The Youth Olympic Games represent an incredible opportunity for the next generation of Olympic equestrian athletes, and Nanjing will be a valuable character-building experience that our athletes will cherish for the rest of their lives,” FEI President HRH Princess Haya said.
Share the dream and follow equestrian sport at the Youth Olympic Games on youtholympics.fei.org
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