On August 14, 2010, the first Youth Olympic Games were held in Singapore. The Youth Olympic Games (YOG) are open to athletes from ages 15 through 18, and planned like the traditional Olympics: Summer and Winter games, held every four years on a staggered schedule. The next Summer YOG will be held in Nanjing, China (2014) and Buenos Aires, Argentina (2018). The next Winter YOG will be held in Lillehammer, Norway (2016).The Youth Olympic Games were developed to address growing international concerns about a decrease in physical activity in young people, growing rates of childhood obesity, and a reduction in public funding of physical education programs in schools.There are many differences between the traditional Olympics and the Youth Olympic Games. YOG includes a strong Culture and Education Program, divided into five major themes: Olympism, social responsibility, skills development, expression and well-being, and healthy lifestyle. Additionally, YOG athletes compete in sports, such as three-on-three basketball, not featured in the Olympics. YOG athletes also compete in teams with both boys and girls, and even different nationalities.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry athlete Noun
person who participates or competes in sporting events.
learned behavior of people, including their languages, belief systems, social structures, institutions, and material goods.
money or finances.
having to do with more than one country.
medical condition where excess body fat increases risk for disease and death.
international sports competition divided into summer and winter games held every four years.
available to an entire community, not limited to paying members.
set of time tables or deadlines for appointments or completion of tasks.
alike or resembling.
to alternate or arrange in regular intervals.
historic or established by custom.