The third Summer Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires got off to a great start yesterday. For the first time in the history of the modern Olympic Games, the Opening Ceremony was held in the street, with the celebration open to all, and over 200,000 people showed up for the party.
The final part of the Ceremony saw the Youth Olympic flame being passed between several young Argentinian athletes representing all the other athletes, the #GameChangers, who will be inspiring the public over the next 12 days of competition.
The flame will now be moved to the Youth Olympic Park, where it will continue to burn until the end of the Games on Oct. 18.
Addressing the young athletes in his speech, IOC President Thomas Bach said, “To get here, each of you trained and competed hard. You gave your best in the sport you love so much. This is why you deserve to be here, at your Games.
“Every athlete is different. We all come from different parts of the world and have different cultures. But we are all united by the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect. Guided by these Olympic values, each one of you makes a difference in sport and in life. This experience will stay with you for all your life. We are all assembled here to celebrate you, as the real game-changers.”