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The first Ambassador appointed by the International Olympic Committee for the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games was Luciana Aymar. On December 4, we announced this major piece of news with everything we are passionate about: sports, culture, and youth. At the Villa 1-11-14, there was a field hockey activity, a painting and t-shirt decorating workshop, in addition to a mural and 3D printers that printed field hockey balls. 300 kids enjoyed this with Luciana Aymar, the the best female field hockey player of all time.
The eight times player of the year showed her sports skills, painted, and answered questions from the kids in an interview, in addition to receiving an award in recognition of her appointment. The following day, Saturday 5, before the Las Leones World League match in Rosario, Luciana gave a press conference with Leandro Larrosa, Buenos Aires 2018 CEO, and received another award on the field for her appointment, just before the match.
We are very proud that "Lucha" is our first Ambassador!
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The national basketball team captain, gold medallist at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, and flag bearer for the national delegation at Río 2016, was appointed as Buenos Aires 2018 ambassador. Together with Luciana Aymar, appointed in December 2015, they are our ambassadors for promoting and representing Buenos Aires 2018.
Luis Scola, 37, was chosen by the International Olympic Committee to represent the olympic values and amplify the Youth Olympic Games message. The event took place at the Gimnasia y Esgrima club at Villa del Parque, where Scola took part in a 3x3 basketball activity with kids that were incredibly excited to meet their idol. He was up for a free throw challenge and even some backwards shots. There were also art students at the event, creating works inspired by basketball, olympic values, and the main figure of the event. Luifa went round to take a look at all the paintings and meet their artists.
The Gold Ambassador was interviewed by Leandro Larrosa, Buenos Aires 2018 CEO, and by the kids. He shared his sports experience and told stories about his time at the NBA and other teams. He highlighted his appearances in the Olympic Games as one of the most important moments as an athlete. “Scola was chosen as Gold Ambassador because of the values he conveys, both in and off the court” said Larrosa. The national team captain underscored the importance of the olympic values: friendship, respect, and excellence, and affirmed “They are pillars that help us and go with us throughout our life, and we can embrace them through sports”.
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Buenos Aires 2018
Youth Olympic Games
The Youth Olympic Games is the world’s largest multi-sport event for high-performance young athletes, that aims at inspiring athletes to embrace the Olympic values of RESPECT, FRIENDSHIP, AND EXCELLENCE.
The event, promoted by the the International Olympic Committee (COI), gathers young athletes aged between 15 and 18. It is held every four years; it has two editions, winter and summer, which are held every two years alternately.
Off the sports field, athletes also participate with spectators in various educational and cultural activities that promote Olympism.
Buenos Aires 2018 will take sports to areas of the city where people usually get together.
Four Parks will be the scene of most of the competitions at the Youth Olympic Games; the Youth Olympic Park in the south of the city, the Urban Park on the east, Tecnópolis Park on the west, and the Green Park on the north.
The seven arts
With offers from the seven arts, there will be diversity in the activities and showcasing as well as concerning their origins: they will be related to our city´s culture as well as with that of other provinces and countries.
Healthy lifestyle and sustainability
Oriented towards taking care of our bodies and of the environment, yoga and fitness workshops, organic food and advice on self-care and sustainability will be the main attractions of this park.
YOUTH OLYMPIC PARK
Argentine Culture Village
As this Park will include the Youth Olympic Village and the Olympic Centre, it will be the epicenter for cultural exchange among athletes and with the local community.
Technology will be found in every corner of this Park: games, sports technology, electronic music, DJs and VJs. There will be entertainment and communication with the most advanced technologies.
The Youth Olympic Village (YOV) will be located in the area of Lugano, in the former City Park (former Interama). It is a Housing Plan carried out by the Ministry of Urban Development and Transportation of the Government of the City of Buenos Aires which involved five (5) design contests that featured several architecture studios from all over the country.
The Village will take up 86.4 acres and will have 31 buildings of up to eight floors, totalling 1200 homes ranging from 2 to 3 rooms. After the Games, the apartments will be awarded to families through a soft-loan system.
Once in “legacy mode”, the Youth Olympic Village and its surroundings will be transformed to configure a new open metropolitan park and a new neighborhood that will boost urban development in the south of the city.
The Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games mission is “celebrating the Youth Olympic Games that fosters the development of athletes and the community through the Olympic values, that reaches the youth of the world interactively, and that builds a legacy that lasts over time for the benefit of the entire society. Taking sports, culture, and education to the youth”.
The Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games vision is “to celebrate the best games BY the youth FOR the youth, FOR the neighborhoods, FOR Buenos Aires, FOR Argentina and FOR the world”.
Buenos Aires 2018 will feature 32 sports. Four of them will make their debut at the Youth Olympic Games program.
The newly arrived Dancesports , Sports Climbing, Karate and Speed Skating on Wheels will add to Swimming and Ornamental Jumps, Athletics, Archery, Badminton, 3x3 Basketball, Beach Handball, Beach Volleyball, Boxing, Canoe, Cycling, Equestrian, Fencing , Futsal, Gymnastics, Golf, Hockey, Judo, Weightlifting, Wrestling, Modern Pentathlon, Rowing, Rugby, Taekwondo, Tennis, Table Tennis, Shooting, Triathlon and Sailing. Squash and Polo were added to the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games official program as Showcase Sports .
Squash and Polo were added to the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games official program as Showcase Sports.
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The Youth Olympic Games
1st Summer Youth Olympic Games
1st Winter Youth Olympic Games
2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games
2nd Winter Youth Olympic Games
3rd Summer Youth Olympic Games
To devise the Buenos Aires 2018 emblem, we found inspiration in the City of Buenos Aires, its corners, icons, neighborhoods, and culture. We explored the relationship between the colors of the City to capture its essence, its diversity, and the versatility of our culture. In this way, we aim at making youth identify with it, and for the identity and image of Buenos Aires 2018 to be present in the spirit of the City.
The Youth Olympic Games
Hockey legend, multi Olympic medalist
Member of the golden generation of basketball, Olympic medalist.
The Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games is a catalyst for urban and social development in the city. The main focus is on the southern area of the city, where the Youth Olympic Village is being built as well as the venues where most of the sports competitions will take place.
The objective is to leave an actual mark and legacy before, during, and after the Games, bringing sports closer to the people and carrying out activities that promote culture and education, in addition to boosting urban development through the infrastructure works to be carried out in the City.
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