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What the Heck are the Youth Olympic Games? 

Just like the Olympic Games, the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) takes place every four years and has Summer and Winter sports. These Games are more than just mere sport competitions. The YOG will have cultural learning experiences and opportunities for athletes to meet other Olympic athletes. This seems like a great way for youth to learn more about other athletes and to show more appreciation and respect for differences. Our very own Kendrick Farris is one of 37 athletes from the 28 Olympic sports selected to be a YOG Role Model.

The YOG were established in the summer of 2007 by the International Olympic Committee. Though the concept for the YOG was conceived back in 1998 by former industrial manager Johann Rosenzopf, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) did not approve his idea until 2007; and the first YOG did not commence until August 2010. The long wait could have been because: 1. The competition may overwhelm youths’ sports schedule; 2. The competition was thought be too costly for the athletes and their families; 3. There needed to be a cultural learning experience. A rebuttal to these claims could be: 1. Elite youth athletes can schedule this event into their training and forego other competitions if they qualify; 2. Additional financial support should come from the participants host country since there will be few athletes competing; 3. The cultural learning experience is a great idea that should be adopted for all IOC competitions.
The Nanjing Mascot
Singapore was the first host country in 2010, now Nanjing, China is the second host country for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games. In the first YOG, a total of 3,531 athletes between 14 and 18 years of age from 204 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) competed in 201 events in 26 sports. This year, there is an estimated 3,600 athletes from 173 NOCs (currently) competing in 222 events in 28 sports. The venue for this years weightlifting competition will take place at the Nanjing International Expo Center, located in the Jianye District of Nanjing, China.
Nanjing International Expo Center
Each NOC can qualify a maximum of four athletes, two per gender, but unfortunately, weightlifting can only qualify one male and one female. Fortunately, the United States of America Weightlifting (USAW) will be sending two rising young stars to represent our country at the Games. Deirdre Lenzsch and Ryan Sennett are the two luck athletes that will compete against some of the best youth lifters in the world. Lenzsch is a multi-national record holder, Sennett is a Youth Pan American Champion and he too holds multiple national records, and they are both phenomenal lifters who are well suited to represent the Land of the Free.
Clarence CJ Cummings Jr., the top performing youth weightlifter in the United States and in all of Pan American, will not be participating in the YOG not because he did not perform well enough to qualify, but because of the age restriction set in place by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF).
 
 
For more information on the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games (Nanjing, China), please visit the official website.

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Sources:

1. Youth Game Commentary: Olympic Peace

http://www.faz.net/aktuell/sport/mehr-sport/jugendspiel-kommentar-olympischer-frieden-1575608.html


2. FIS in favor of Youth Olympic Games

http://web.archive.org/web/20070927021042/http://www.fasterskier.com/racing4278.html


3. Belated Gift of the IOC

http://www.nzz.ch/aktuell/sport/uebersicht/verspaetetes-praesent-des-iok-1.8935070


4. Kendrick Farris Selected as Youth Olympic Games Role Models

http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Weightlifting/Features/2014/March/17/Kendrick-Selected-as-YOG-ARM


5. Facts and figures 2010 YOG
http://www.webcitation.org/5s822oIjP


6. Nanjing International Expo
http://www.nanjingexpo.com.cn/exportal/index.asp


7. Nominations for 2014 Youth Olympic Games

http://www.teamusa.org/usa-weightlifting/features/2014/june/15/nominations-for-the-2014-youth-olympic-games


8. No kidding: Teens to get Youth Olympic Games
http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/sports/olympics/2007-04-25-2774646336_x.htm


9. Summer Youth Olympic Games

http://www.olympic.org/nanjing-2014-youth-olympics