As we all know, Singapore was the first host city of the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) that had just ended and was held on the 14-26 August in various parts of Singapore.
I looove watching sports on TV. I’m a big Winter Olympics and (I love watching curling. It fascinates me a lot and I think it requires a lot of skill to even sweep the ice. Not kidding) Summer Olympics!
To be honest, I didn’t really care about this whole YOG and the excitement only built up mainly because I have a few NUSSD friends who were performing for the Opening Ceremony.
It was until I started watching the games on TV – the first match that I watched was Mario Cuba vs Huang Chao (SINGAPORE!) Watched a lot of weightlifting as well and all of a sudden it hit me: I COULD WATCH IT LIVE!!
And also, the fact that we don’t know when the next YOG will be back in Singapore! I googled and found out that other than a few cities like Athens, Paris and LA, I don’t think the Olympics actually returned to the city (country yes, city no). That is pretty sad, because not only we don’t know if Singapore has the chance to host the YOG again, if it’s like the Olympics, and the time frame between the 2 different games hosted by the same city, let’s take LA to be more realistic, was 52 years (1932, 1984)!
I immediately checked out the YOG ticketing site, and quickly decided on when I should watch a game (if tickets were still available) and decided on Gymnastics Artistic (Trampoline Men & Final) on Fri 20 August. It was held at Bishan Stadium.
It was all pretty exciting for me:
Firstly was the prelims before the finals. The top 8 out of the 12 will get to go to the finals.
And the top 8 for finals:
Notice the score board on the top right hand corner.
Ukraine got 1st.
So anyway, here was the most exciting part of all the YOG games that I watched (LOL). In the middle of the game, this guy and lady wearing Team Ukraine colours sat behind where I was and cheered and watched the game. Naturally, when Ukraine’s athlete (Oleksandr Satin).
I didn’t know who they were, but the young athlete guy seemed pretty friendly coz he high fived the 2 students who were cheering for Ukraine as well after Oleksandr won.
Then… before the medal presentation, the 2 students asked if he could take pictures with them, and he said okay.
And then, more students and people from the area started taking pictures with him:
So I was thinking, “Why not? Just take a picture for the fun of it.” Then when I walked down the stairs to the athlete’s direction, he saw me even though I was like 3 to 4 steps away and asked “Would you like a picture?” and I said “Yes!” and asked the YOG volunteers to help.
After the pic, I said “Thank you!” smiled, and he said “Thank you!” and smiled at me too! Friendly athlete!
Now I have to say this. I went to 2 other YOG games after that (continue reading) and I HAVE YET TO MEET ANOTHER ATHLETE WHO IS AS FRIENDLY AS HIM. I have yet to meet = I did not encounter. Maybe there are others who are friendly, but I didn’t meet. That’s all. You can feel pure friendliness out of this guy.
I had no idea who he was then. Haha but yea, I searched through the YOG athletes website for days and found out that he was.
So here’s the pic! Me with Roman Svichkar!
Hopefully one day he’ll be one of the Olympic Fencer that won a medal and I can tell others I took a pic with him when he was 17! HAHA!
Okay that was exciting.
I was addicted to this whole YOG thing then, and proceeded to buy tickets again through the YOG website. Tickets were limited by then, and there wasn’t much events to choose from. I decided to go for YOG Women 5th/6th Placings & Men 5th/6th Placings (both with the same ticket) and asked my sister along.
Let the pictures do the talking!
sad-ed they didn’t look at the camera
Anyway, what happened was that it started raining and the match was delayed after the start of their warm ups -.-
Nothing much to do so talked to my sis and surfed the net.
It was the day when the Phillippines tragedy happened by the way. Read the whole thing through the CNA website
Anyway, 90% of the spectators were STUDENTS. And it was annoying. I wonder if YOG did that to make the seats look full or because of this there weren’t enough tickets for the others.
It was a pretty dramatic first Girls match. Trinidad & Tobaggo vs Papua New Guinea. 4-2 on penalty kicks. Injury, yellow cards. But the thing was, the girls played hard! In the rain as well! *Respect*
This girl was kicked on the head. The other girl (from the other team) got a yellow card.
Next up was the Boys match. We watched till half-time coz it was about 10.30pm at half-time lol. damn late. Vanuatu vs Zimbabwe
The rain stopped already.
I was testing out “Manual” mode.
Oh ya the ball flew to the audience at one point in time too! haha
Anyone wants to hire me as a sports photographer? 😛 Heh Heh.
Anyway, I was quite impressed by both matches. Quite exciting. Found a few differences in the way Boys and Girls play soccer:
1. Girls play it more ‘carefully’. They are very good at goalkeeping (not kidding), but they can be quite careless when scoring.
2. The girls match was much slower.
3. The guys love kicking the soccer ball from one end of the court to the other.
Haha. These are based on the 2 matches that I watched!
1 day after the YOG Soccer matches, Doris asked me if I was going to another YOG match. I didn’t plan to, but because she asked, I decided to go for the YOG Hockey Boys finals. It was announced on the official YOG website that we could queue for the tickets after the match started. Told Doris about this and we decided to queue for the tickets after school.
It was held at Sengkang Hockey Stadium. It was my first time there and we got a bit lost at the LRT station. Turns out all trains only go by the same platform and you have to differentiate the route yourself by colour and name -.- Weirddd…
It was my first ever hockey match! Their rules are quite interesting.
Kites at night!
There was the medal presentation ceremony as well.
Shall not comment about the girls next to us. =x
Pakistani put up a good fight.
Australia won because of the 2nd goal which was a penalty goal.
Both teams were as good.
This concludes my YOG experience. I really felt Singapore did a great job with regards to this. 2 years was all it took to get so much planned and arranged for! Wow! Totally awesome! Not to mention the opening and closing ceremonies!
I do hope that the YOG will be back in Singapore one day. I will definitely volunteer for it the next round instead of worrying about school schedule. 🙂