Both artistic and rhythmic gymnastics are a part of the Youth Olympic Games, which are open to athletes between the ages of 15 and 18.

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    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.

    culture Noun

    learned behavior of people, including their languages, belief systems, social structures, institutions, and material goods.

    decrease Verb

    to lower.

    funding Noun

    money or finances.

    international Adjective

    having to do with more than one country.

    obesity Noun

    medical condition where excess body fat increases risk for disease and death.

    Olympics Noun

    international sports competition divided into summer and winter games held every four years.

    public Adjective

    available to an entire community, not limited to paying members.

    reduction Noun

    lowering.

    schedule Noun

    set of time tables or deadlines for appointments or completion of tasks.

    similar Adjective

    alike or resembling.

    stagger Verb

    to alternate or arrange in regular intervals.

    traditional Adjective

    historic or established by custom.