The Youth Olympic Games (YOG) are an elite sporting event for young people aged 15-18 from all over the world to compete, learn and share. The Learn & Share activities (previously known as the Culture and Education Programme) constitute one of the innovative elements of the YOG and make the Games stand out of a simply mini-Olympic Games. Athletes are offered with various interactive workshops and forums based on five themes, namely, Olympism, Skills development, Well-being and healthy lifestyle, Social responsibility, and Expression.
Created on the initiative of the former President of the International Olympic Committee, Jacques Rogge, this multi-sporting event is built on the philosophy of the Olympic Games. It 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.
Similar to the Olympic Games, the YOG are held every four years and have a summer and a winter edition. The summer YOG is staged in the years of the Olympic Winter Games and vice versa. Lasting for 12 days, the summer edition features 28 sports. The winter programme, on the other hand, features 7 sports in 10 days. The two first editions were staged in Singapore in 2010 (Summer) and in Innsbruck 2012 (Winter).
|2010||Singapore City, Singapore|
|2018||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
The Hong Kong Equestrian Team has outstanding performance in the first two summer YOGs. In 2010, Jasmine Lai, the sole Hong Kong representative, finished 17th in the individual event and was a member of the silver medal-winning Australasian team. Her result provided the first ever YOG medal for Hong Kong in the equestrian event, which is still the best team result achieved by Hong Kong riders at the YOG. 4 years later in the 2nd YOG, Lennard placed eighth in the individual competition, attaining the best individual result for Hong Kong riders at the YOG.
The third edition for the Summer Youth Olympic Games will be held in 1-12 October 2018. The venue is set to be in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Young riders from all around the world will compete in Dressage, Eventing and Jumping. There will be about 3,800 athletes for the Summer Games and 1,100 athletes for the Winter Games.
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The equestrian discipline of Jumping – an Olympic sport since 1912 – is a daring mix of power, courage and technique and an extreme test of horsemanship, nerve and skill. It’s a thrilling sport which is known to keep fans on the edge of their seats due to the spectacular combination of horsepower, agility, speed and the essential trust required between a rider and his/her horse to jump and complete a course of 10 to 13 “knockable” obstacles, some of which may be double or treble combinations, without incurring any penalties.
As in all equestrian disciplines, men and women compete on equal terms in Jumping in both individual and team events. Equestrian sport is one of the very few sports where men and women compete on equal terms all the way up to Olympic level. It is also the only sport which involves two athletes: horse and rider. The relationship and mutual respect built up between the two is the key to a successful partnership.
A total of 30 athletes will be competing in Buenos Aires.