40 Days to Go!
Lily Zhang and Krish Avvari will be representing the United States in the 2nd Summer Youth Olympics Games in Nanjing, China on August 16-28. Follow their final preparation as they go for the gold against the best 15 to 18 year old athletes in the world.
Krish Avvari, Coach Lily Yip and Lily Zhang
What is the Youth Olympic Games?
The Youth Olympic Games are an elite sporting event for young people from all over the world. An event distinct from other youth sports events, as they also integrate a unique Culture and Education Programme (CEP), based around five main themes: Olympism, Social Responsibility, Skills Development, Expression and Well-being and Healthy Lifestyles.
The sports programme is based on that of the Olympic Games, with 28 sports featured on the summer programme and seven on the winter programme. In addition, the programme also includes exciting new disciplines and formats, such as 3-on-3 basketball, ice hockey skills challenge and mixed gender and mixed National Olympic Committee (NOC) events.
Away from the field of play and through a variety of fun and interactive activities, workshops and team-building exercises, the CEP gives the participating athletes the opportunity to learn about the Olympic values, explore other cultures and develop the skills to become true ambassadors of their sport.
--Courtesy of Nanjing 2014 website
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