Meet some teen Olympians
Team Canada is already winning medals at the Youth Olympic Games
A group of Canadian teens are hoping to run, jump and even dance their way onto the podium at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The international competition started on Saturday and runs until Oct. 18.
- The Youth Olympic Games started in 2010.
- The competition is held every four years.
- Around 4,000 athletes are competing this year.
- 206 countries are represented.
- There are 72 athletes on Team Canada.
- Team Canada athletes are between the ages of 15-18.
The Youth Olympic Games includes traditional Olympic events like gymnastics. (Lukas Shulze/OIS IOC/Reuters)
- Athletes are competing in 32 sports.
- Events include traditional Olympic sports like swimming, running, gymnastics and weightlifting.
- There are also newer sports like breaking (breakdancing), sport climbing, kiteboarding, roller speed skating, BMX freestyle park (cycling), and futsal (instead of soccer).
The Youth Olympic Games also includes less traditional events like roller speed skating. (Simon Bruty/OIS IOC/Reuters)
Highlights so far:
Kaegan Young of Markham, Ont., won Canada’s first medal of the games on Monday.
The 17-year-old won a bronze in judo.
Emma Misak, from Surrey, B.C., won silver in the breaking event, which is a new sport at the Youth Olympic Games.
The judges look at creativity, personality, technique, variety, performativity and musicality.
Finlay Knox of Okotoks, Alta., won Canada’s first medal in the pool.
He took bronze in the men’s 200-metre individual medley event.