Youth Olympic Games

We're all for promoting cultural exchange among 14- to 18-year-olds and spreading the Olympic values of excellence, friendship, and respect, but is this inaugural Youth Olympic Games really necessary? A 15-year-old Tara Lipinski took figure-skating gold at Nagano, Kerri Strug landed her gold-clinching vault at 18, and Michael Phelps collected eight medals before his 20th birthday (the youngest gold medalist ever: 13-year-old American diver Marjorie Gestring in 1936). Of course, 12 days filled with 3,600 competitors, 370,000 spectators, and sponsors ranging from Samsung to McDonald's means that while athletes compete for gold, silver, and bronze, Games host Singapore is a lock to bring home the green. — CD

Sat, August 14
Youth Olympic Games

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  • Robert Brands

    I agree with Kim, Singapore and the International Olympic Committee will bring in the green!

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  • Kim Birkenfeld

    Yes, Singapore and the International Olympic Committee will bring in the green!

    The IOC needs the new "Youth" Olympic Games as - since professional athletes were allowed in the Olympics (beginning in the 1990s) - it is documented that the Olympics is losing the lucrative youth TV demographic. is a blog about whether the Youth Olympic Games are really necessary. It started back in February 2008 when the International Olympic Committee announced Singapore as host of the first-ever Youth Olympic Games.