Jennie Gai Becomes First American Since 2010 to Represent USA in Youth Olympic Games

May 16, 2018, 3:58 p.m. (ET)

As the first American since 2010, Jennie Gai will represent USA in Women’s Singles for the Youth Olympic Games (YOG), October 7-12, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Gai, the 30th ranked junior athlete in the world, is the No. 20 seed in the tournament as Pan America’s second Women’s Singles representative.

“I was super happy and relieved when the final results came out as I worked hard for this goal, balancing school work and competitions for the past school year. Since it wasn’t guaranteed that I would qualify, I was slightly nervous to whether my ranking would be high enough. Thankfully it was, and I was extremely happy that my efforts paid off,” said Gai to USA Badminton.

Her efforts include a silver in the U-19 Pan Am Jr. Championships (July 2017), and victories in the VIII International Mexicano (Sept. 2017) and IV Yonex Mexican International U19 (April 2018).

“I’m very excited for the event as this is only the third youth Olympic games, and it will be a very new experience for me to be competing with other top-level juniors of the world. I’m training hard and hope to perform my best during the tournament, and to just enjoy myself and have a great time,” Gai continued.

The YOG is organized by the International Olympic Committee every four years for athletes 14 to 18 years old. With a slogan of “Feel the Future,” the YOG brings together 3600 of the top athletes from around the world to participate in a bevy of sporting events. Previous medalists include Shi Yuqi and He Bingjiao of China, Akane Yamaguchi of Japana, and HS Prannoy of India and numerous other top-level current BWF stars.

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