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August 20, 2014

2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games

Young athletes from around the globe are competing in more than two dozen events in Nanjing, China. The event created by the International Olympic Committee includes traditional opening and closing ceremonies that wrap up on Aug. 28. Many of these same competitors will be vying for spots to represent their countries in Brazil at the 2016 Summer Olympics. --Lloyd Young (25 photos total)

Chun Yin Ryan Choi of Hong Kong (right) and Andrzej Rzadkowski of Poland compete in the Men's Foil Individual Gold Medal Bout on day three of the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games at Nanjing International Expo Center on Aug. 19, in Nanjing, China. (Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

Liliana Szilagyi of the Hungary celebrates winning the Women's 200m Butterfly Final on day two of the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games at Nanjing OSC Natatorium on Aug. 18. (Feng Li/Getty Images) #

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach takes a selfie with athletes during the opening ceremony for the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, in eastern China's Jiangsu province on Aug. 16. More than 3,700 competitors aged 15 to 18 were expected to participate in the games, with many hoping to build towards a place at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images) #

Students of Shaolin Tagou Martial Arts School are suspended in mid-air as they practice in a dress rehearsal for a stunt performance which is part of the opening ceremony of the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games, at a stadium in Nanjing, Jiangsu province on Aug. 14. A total of 520 students took part in the performance named "Building the dream", which will be performed during the opening ceremony on Aug. 16. (Donald Chan/Reuters) #

A performer taking part in the opening ceremony on Aug. 16 for the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, eastern China's Jiangsu province. More than 3,700 competitors aged 15 to 18 were expected to participate in the games, with many hoping to build towards a place at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images) #

Hannah Moore of the United States celebrates winning the Women's 200m Backstroke Final on day three of the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games at Nanjing OSC Natatorium on Aug. 19. (Feng Li/Getty Images) #

Giarnni Regini Moran of Great Britain in action during the Rings Competition of the Boys All-Round Individual Artistic Gymnastic Final during day three of the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games on Aug. 19. (Stanley Chou/Getty Images) #

Turkey's Ylmaz Tutya competes on the balance beam during the qualification round of the Artistic Gymnastics competition at the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, eastern China's Jiangsu province on Aug. 18. (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images) #

Zhang of the United States in action against Miyu Kato of Japan in their Girls Table Tennis Singles Bronze Medal competition during day four of the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games at the Wutaishan Gymnasium on Aug. 20. (Stanley Chou/Getty Images) #

Mathys Goosen of the Netherlands competes in the Men's 100m Butterfly Semifinal competition at the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, eastern China's Jiangsu province on Aug. 18. (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images) #

Sweden's Patricia Striner (left) fights Mexico's Yemaima Carrillo Osorio Mitzi during their Women's 49kg round of 16 tae kwon do match on Aug. 18. (Aly Song/Reuters) #

Bronze medalists Amy Forrester, Ella Bond, Brianna Throssell and Ami Matsuo of Australia celebrate after the Women's 4x100m Medley Relay Final medal ceremony on day two of the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games on Aug. 18. (Feng Li/Getty Images) #

Athletes wait to compete before the mixed continental team march at the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, on Aug. 20. (Aly Song/Reuters) #

Julia Budde of Germany in action during the Women's 10 m Air Rifle competition at the Fangshan Shooting Hall on Aug. 18. (Ahmad Yusin/EPA) #

Teresa Bueso Gomez (left) of Spain is tackled by Dana Olsen of the United States in the Rugby Sevens on day one of the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games at Nanjing sports park rugby field on Aug. 17. (Lintao Zhang/Getty Images) #

Pawel Wawrzyczek of Poland (white uniform) and Julian Sancho of Costa Rica compete in the Men's 66kg Round of 16 on day one of the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games at Longjiang Gymnasium on Aug. 17. (Feng Li/Getty Images) #

Duncan Scott, Miles Munro and Martyn Walton of Great Britain celebrate winning the Men's 4x100m Freestyle Relay Final on day three of the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games at Nanjing OSC Natatorium on Aug. 19. (Feng Li/Getty Images) #

Akram Ahmed of Egypt in action during the Men's 400m Freestyle Final on day one of the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games at Nanjing Olympic Sports Center Natatorium on Aug. 17. (Lintao Zhang/Getty Images) #

A teammate (left) kisses the hand of Shen Duo of China after their team finished first in the Women's 4 x 100m Medley Relay Swimming Final at the Nanjing Olympic Sports Center on Aug. 18. (Rolex Dela Pena/EPA) #

Domenica Michelle Azuero Gonzalez of Ecuador competes in the Women's Team Event BMX seeding on day three of the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games at Sports Park BMX Venue on Aug. 19. (Feng Li/Getty Images) #

Anastasiia Petrova of Russia competes in the Women's 58kg Weightlifting on day three of the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games on Aug. 19. (Lintao Zhang/Getty Images) #

Gheorghe Robert Dedu (2nd-left) and Ciprian Tudosa (left) of Romania celebrate after winning their rowing Junior Men's Pair Final A at Xuan Wu Lake on Aug. 20. (Ahmad Yusni/EPA) #

Britain's Ben Dijkstra (left) wins the Men's Triathlon race ahead of New Zealand's Daniel Hoy during the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games on Aug. 18. (Aly Song/Reuters) #

Ben Dijkstra of Great Britain celebrates with the other athletes after crossing the finish line in the Men's Triathlon on day two of the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games at Xuanwu Lake Triathlon venue on Aug. 18. (Lintao Zhang/Getty Images) #

Liliana Szilagyi of the Hungary celebrates winning the Women's 200m Butterfly Final on day two of the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games at Nanjing OSC Natatorium on Aug. 18. (Feng Li/Getty Images) #

 
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