Get ready for an Olympic celebration
The first-ever Youth Olympic Games is just days away. From August 14 to 26, more than 3,500 youths aged 14-18 from all over the world will converge in Singapore to take part in 12 days of inspiring Olympic competition.
So whether you’re an excited Singaporean or a visitor from overseas, here’s a rough guide to help you get the most out of your Youth Olympic Games experience.
Going for Gold
The inaugural Youth Olympic Games will feature competition in 26 sports which will take place across the island, giving you the chance to soak in all the action while enjoying the sights and sounds of Singapore. Some definite crowd-pleasers include:
Football – Check out some of the most promising young football talent as they kick off the Youth Olympic Games football competition. Held at the Jalan Besar Stadium (the ‘birthplace of football’ in Singapore), this is your chance to cheer your favourite team on, and then take a jaunt through colourful Little India just a few streets away.
Read our interview with the Singapore Youth football captain here!
Swimming – The swimming competition will feature 34 individual and relay swimming events in four competitive strokes: butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle. This is traditionally one of the most tightly contested sports, so head to the Singapore Sports School in Woodlands (North West Singapore) and you might just witness the unveiling of the next Michael Phelps.
Read our interview with a star Singapore swimmer here!
Sailing – If you love the sand, surf and sea, then the sailing competition is an event not to be missed. Held at the National Sailing Centre along the scenic East Coast Park, you’ll see the best young sailors take on the elements as they race to the finish. Admission is free.
Read our interview with a youth sailor here!
Tickets can also be purchased via phone and at authorised ticketing counters islandwide. For details on how to get your tickets, visit singapore2010.sg/tickets
Walking among heroes
In addition to seeing the best young athletes in action, you can also catch a glimpse of some of the most recognised Olympic heroes from past and present.
Making their appearances as Youth Olympic Games Ambassadors will be legends such as Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps, the fastest men in the world on land and in the water respectively, along with pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva.
Other distinguished Olympians attending the Games include fencing champion Valentina Vezzali, wrestler Daniel Robin and celebrity diver Guo Jingjing.
Immerse in the YOG with a 3D Map
Just imagine – there’s going to be more than 370,000 people coming in from 205 countries to see the 26 different sports at over 18 venues around Singapore. Just how are you going to see it all? That’s where the YOG 3D Interactive Map app is going to come in handy. In fact, the 3D virtual map ets you explore all the venues, including its surrounding areas, and give you the best information on how to get to them. Not sure how long it’ll take you to get to the finals you’ve been wanting to watch? There’s even instant updates on traffic and parking, and up-to-the-minute weather reports.
You won’t want to step out of the house to see your YOG sports without this app. You can download a version for the Samsung Omnia Lite here, or one for the PC here, and one for the Andriod OS 2.1 here. There’s also a version for iPhone, which you can find on the iTunes store (just search for YOG 3D Maps).
Don’t forget that the usual mobile data charges apply when you’re downloading the applications through your mobile phone.
Carrying the Flame
In keeping with Olympic tradition, the Youth Olympic Flame will journey around Singapore in a 6-day torch relay from August 7 – 13 (with a break on August 9).
A total of 2,400 torchbearers will carry the Flame, which signifies the Olympic Values of Excellence, Friendship and Respect, over a distance of 305 kilometres before ending their journey at the Float@Marina Bay, the venue of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.
There promises to be lots of fanfare along the way with Community Celebrations at a different venue every evening, so look out for the Olympic Flame near you.
Find out more details about the Olympic Flame journey here.
Opening and Closing Ceremonies
Catch more than 7,000 youth performers at the Float@Marina Bay as they put on a display that captures both the spirit of the Olympics and the story of Singapore in the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Youth Olympic Games (August 14, 7.30pm and August 26, 7.30pm respectively).
Crafted by Creative Director, Ivan Heng, each ceremony will see elements of theatre, music, song, dance and multimedia seamlessly woven into a stunning performance set against the spectacular Singapore skyline.
Tickets can be purchased online, via phone and at authorised ticketing counters islandwide. For details on how to get your tickets, visit singapore2010.sg/tickets
Grab a Youth Olympics memento
Take your pick of Youth Olympic Games merchandise at the Olympic Superstore located outside Ngee Ann City in the heart of Orchard Road. Spanning more than 150 metres, the Olympic Superstore carries an extensive range of memorabilia including bags, apparel, water bottles and, of course, plush toys of the adorable mascots Lyo and Merly.
You can also visit the online store at shop.vpost.com.sg/singapore2010/
Some handy tips
Last but not least, here are some handy tips to help you enjoy your Games experience even more:
Get there early
Security checks will be conducted at all venues so try to arrive at least an hour ahead of time to avoid missing any of the action.
Use public transport
It’s fast, easy and lets you avoid the hassle of parking. Plus, it’s environmentally-friendly.
For outdoor venues, sunglasses, a hat and sunscreen are recommended. A poncho will also come in useful in case of rain.
The Youth Olympic Games marks the beginning of a truly remarkable sporting legacy and we hope that you’ll share in this historic occasion with us. See you at the Games.
For more information, visit singapore2010.sg