INDIANAPOLIS -- Olympic gold medalist Dwight Phillips is among the 37 sporting legends named to the International Olympic Committee’s roster of Athlete Role Models attending the 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, Aug. 16-28.
Selected by the 28 International Federations whose sports will feature at Nanjing 2014, the list of ARMs features many legendary names from the world of sport, including Olympic and world champions.
Phillips, an Olympic long jump champion at the 2004 Games, is a five-time USA Outdoor champion and a four-time IAAF World Outdoor Championships gold medalist who will play a key role in supporting, mentoring and offering advice to the 3,800 young athletes participating in the YOGs.
The ARMs will be accessible to the athletes both in the Youth Olympic Village and during a series of educational activities and workshops that will focus on areas such as skills development, how to lead healthy lifestyles, environment and social responsibility and Olympism.
Athletes at the Youth Olympic Games will get to engage in conversations with the ARMs throughout the Games. They will be behind the scenes during competition and will also be available for informal chats in the ARM lounge that will be open to all participants. The athletes can also learn valuable lessons from the ARMs during “Chat with Champions” sessions, which will also be accessible to people around the world on the IOC’s digital platforms. Fans of the YOG, meanwhile, will have the opportunity to put their questions directly to the ARMs during informal chat sessions on the IOC’s social media channels.
The main goal behind making the ARMs as accessible as possible is to share experiences and inspire the young athletes to be the best they can be both on and off the field of play.
Also in attendance will be the IOC Athletes’ Commission, which will play a key role in the educational activities and workshops for athletes off the field of play.
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