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Last Updated: Friday August 20 2010 13:08 GMT

WEEK 1: Ore's Youth Olympics 2010 diary

Ore at Youth Olympics 2010


Ore

Ore is out in Singapore for the first ever Youth Olympics.

This new event will be held every four years and is for athletes aged 14-18.

Ore will be bringing us all the latest news and gossip from behind-the-scenes.

Check out his diary and latest reports here.

Youth Olympics

Youth Olympics start with a bang


"Also, we would totally love to hear from you guys! So send me your questions and predictions using the form on the right and I'll reply to as many as I can."


Ore

FRIDAY 11.25PM: If you thought Helen from Blue Peter was just a pretty face then check this photo out and think again!

Helen sorts out the electrics!

She came along for our live into Newsround and she set up all the technical equipment so I didn't have to... that girl is very useful!


Ore

FRIDAY 10PM: Thanks for all your questions guys, they've been really interesting!

I've answered a few here...


"How do you get involved in the Youth Olympics and where do you sign up for the next ones?" - Jack, 13, Bradford

Hi Jack, I think it's great that you want to be a part of the Youth Olympics and that these games have inspired you to play sport at a high level.

The Youth Olympic mascots

But, of course, that's the thing about the Olympics - they're the best at what they do in the world and go through really tough trials and competitions to be selected to represent their countries.

If you want to represent Team GB then you've got to work really hard and be dedicated to your sport, then you've got every chance.

"If you were an athlete, what sport would you compete in?" - Tom, 11, London

Tom, I always wanted to be a footballer and play for Man Utd. Unfortunately, I wasn't very good at football which was a bit a problem!

I was a lot better at hockey, though, and really wanted to play for Great Britain at an Olympics in hockey.

"You've been to South Africa for the world cup and now you're in Singapore for the Youth Olympics. Are you also gonna go to London for the Olympics?" - Crystal, 13, Glasgow

Well London is a lot closer to home, Crystal, so I guess I've got a better chance! I'd absolutely LOVE to be a part of the BBC's coverage for the London Olympics in 2012.

South African flag

It's going to be the biggest sporting event to hit this country in ages - even bigger than the World Cup in 1966 so I don't want to miss out.

But I have been really lucky to get to go to South Africa AND Singapore this Summer so I'm counting my lucky stars and hoping there's one more for two years' time!

"What sports are there available in the Youth Olympics and what would I have to do to compete? Thanks man." - Tayyab, 14, Bristol.

Hi Tayyab. What's great about the Youth Olympics is that it's so similar to the main Olympics, and it has all the same 26 sports. From Taekwondo to Table Tennis and Basketball to Badminton.

Because it's so similar, it's a real help to the athletes (and us media) because it helps to prepare for other Olympic games in the future.

As I said to Jack, if you want to compete you've got to work unbelievably hard at your sport to be the best in the country. You've still got time, buddy!

"Can I be an athlete if I am disabled?" Alex, 13, London

Absolutely, Alex. They don't here at the Youth games, but after the main Olympics there's always the Paralympics which is a similar event but for the best disability sport athletes in the world.

Paralympic athlete

So if you want to compete at a really high level, the Paralympic Games are something to aim for. But even if you don't want to play at the highest level, there are still plenty of sports clubs out there for disabled athletes. If you want to do it, go for it!


Ore

FRIDAY 8.00PM: Move over Rebecca Adlington, we've found some more stars in the pool! Ellie Faulkner has just picked up a bronze in the 400-metre Freestyle to add to Rachael Kelly's bronze in the 100-metre Butterfly.


Ore

FRIDAY 5.00PM: A good afternoon's work at the Press centre.Well at least producer Belinda looks like she's happy! Time to head back to the hotel and send everything that we filmed back to London.

Ore and producer Belinda
Still smiling after a hard days work!


Ore

FRIDAY 4.45PM: So the news from the press conference is that Tom Daley won't dive in the 10-metre platform event because of his bad arm (which makes me sad)...But he will dive in the 3-metre springboard event (which makes Helen happy!)

Ore and Helen
A happy Helen and a sad Ore!


Ore

FRIDAY 4.30PM: Megan isn't too used to all the media... But she's really enjoying her Youth Olympic Games experience here in Singapore. And what's more...she got to meet me - that's like a medal in itself!?

Ore and Megan
Megan wasn't sure if meeting Ore was better than a getting a medal... tough question!


Ore

FRIDAY 4.20PM Chatting with Megan next.She usually dives in the synchronised 10-metre platform event with Monique Gladding - they picked up European bronze together last week. But she's prepared well and hopes she can perform in her event on Saturday.


Ore

FRIDAY 4.10PM: Our turn with Tom. It's been two years since he was on Sportsround after Beijing and finally I get to meet him! And, Sonali? Tom says "Hi"!

Ore interviews Tom Daly
Sonali - Tom says hi!


Ore

FRIDAY 3.45PM: Tom and Meg are being put through their paces in the press conference... But Tom's done it all before - of course he's already been to an Olympics, two years ago in Beijing. Megan is holding her own too, though - the press want answers!


Ore

FRIDAY 3.30PM: Finally Tom arrives with his coach and Team GB's other diver Megan Sylvester. She's just come back from the Senior European Diving Championships with a bronze medal...keep an eye out for her.

Team GB divers press conference
The Team GB divers get ready for a grilling!


Ore

FRIDAY 3.15PM: Ok, so I'm standing around waiting for Tom Daley... What to do? Make another video!!

Tom Daley

And here's my latest vid!


Ore

FRIDAY 3.00PM: Arrived at the Press centre and everyone's getting set up for the conference... I, however, have some time to kill...

Ore in Singapore

...so I make a quick video!


Ore

FRIDAY 2.30PM Tom Daley press conference is at 3.30pm so we're heading off. I heard there's another diver here from Monaco called Pauline Ducruet who fancies him. She just happens to be 8th in line to the throne in Monaco, to the south of France. Might ask him about her!


Ore

FRIDAY 12.30PM: Taking clothes out of the washing machine and putting them into the dryer... Trust me, the day will get more interesting!


Ore

FRIDAY 11.30AM: Let's do some laundry shall we?! Some of my clothes absolutely stink because it's so hot outside you sweat so much and sometimes even have to wear two shirts a day!


Ore

FRIDAY 10.30AM: It's going to be a relatively quiet day today so an even bigger lie-in and an even later breakfast this morning. Will be interviewing Tom Daley later so thinking through some questions. Oh and.. HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD!


Ore

THURSDAY 11.45PM: About to go live again for Newsround. Even though it's late and I really could sleep standing up right now, you can't argue with the fact that Singapore at night is beautiful.

Ore presenting Newsround
In need of beauty sleep? He still looks pretty good to us!


Ore

THURSDAY 7.00PM: It's the end of the road for Sarah... And without a medal to show for it. She played really well, but her opponent from Vietnam just edged it. Devastated for Sarah, but she came 4th at the very first Youth Olympics so in a few days I think she'll be happy.

Sarah Milne causing a racket on the badminton court.
Sarah played really well but sadly missed out on a medal.


Ore

THURSDAY 6.15PM: Big Team GB turnout here to watch the match too and cheer on their teammate.

Team GB watch Sarah compete
Team GB are on the court to cheer on Sarah!


Ore

THURSDAY 6.00PM: COME ON, SARAH!! This could be Team GB's third medal in as many days if she can win this one... It won't be easy.

Sarah Milne walking out on court.
Good luck Sarah! She looks pretty nervous before her big game.


Ore

THURSDAY 5.45PM: There's a drumming demonstration going on before the players take to court... It's brilliant - they're smashing the drums and then different coloured water comes up from each one.

Drumming demonstration before the badminton
Smashing drummers get the crowd ready for the badders competition


Ore

THURSDAY 4.45PM: Finally back at the hotel... But only for half an hour. We've got to get to the Indoor Stadium for Sarah Milne's bronze medal playoff match in the badminton.


Ore

THURSDAY 3.30PM: We're STILL at the Olympic village! I'm taking on so much water it's crazy! Lots of the volunteers here want to take pictures with me... I'm pretty sure they don't watch Newsround here, but they like watching the filming. And one of them told me I look like Usher. Really??


Ore

THURSDAY 2.30PM: The Olympic village is absolutely buzzing today... Which can actually be quite hard for filming because sometimes people walk in front of the camera by mistake! But everyone's really nice and don't mind being told to "Please get out of the way!"


Ore

THURSDAY 2.00PM: More filming now at the Olympic Village. Just bumped into the boys' rowing pair again, Ed Nainby Luxmoore and Caspar Jopling - they're getting henna tattoos done. Caspar told me his mum bought him NINE BURGERS yesterday after their rowing final. Even I couldn't do that!


Ore

THURSDAY 12.30PM: Just signed an autograph for two Newsround and Sportsround fans out here in Singapore. They've been watching the cycling. They're also supposed to leave tomorrow, but because of an air strike back in the UK they 'have' to stay here until Monday. Seriously, that's not a bad thing!!


Ore

THURSDAY 2.00pm: I'm filming the links for the highlights programme with the lovely Helen from Blue Peter. I shouldn't have gone for long sleeves today...it's too hot!! **WARNING - SHAMELESS PLUG** Make sure you watch our BBC Sport highlights show - Saturday, BBC1 at 1.50pm.

Helen from Blue Peter
Helen showing off her moves in Singapore!


Ore

THURSDAY 11.30AM: Lights, camera... ACTION! We're hitting the Marina Bay to record links for Sportsround and a highlights show for BBC Sport. It's really hot and we're in a bit of a rush. But still found time for a picture with Lyo and Merly the Youth Olympic mascots.

Ore in the Olympic Village
Ore new BFF's Lyo and Merly


Ore

THURSDAY 10.00AM: Got a bit of a lie-in today because none of Team GB are in action early this morning. But we've got lots of filming to do today, it's going to get pretty crazy so I'm enjoying quiet time at breakfast!


Ore

WEDNESDAY 6.30PM: It won't be gold for Sarah Milne in the badminton either. She's lost in the semi-final of the competition, but didn't even expect to get past the quarter-finals before she got here so she's played really well. And she could pick up a bronze tomorrow too, so she isn't out of the medals yet.


Ore

WEDNESDAY 2.00PM: Oli Golding's run in the men's singles tennis competition comes to an end, losing in the quarter-finals. But Oli's done brilliantly - he beat the top seed in the first round. And you can tell he used to be an actor - he's always jumping around on court, making faces, screaming...it's like watching a blockbuster movie sometimes!


Ore

WEDNESDAY 1.00PM: The boys want their mums to buy them a burger as a 'well done' for getting into the rowing final. I think they deserve it!

Casper and Ed after their rowing race
Casper and Ed wanted some much deserved fast food!


Ore

WEDNESDAY 12.30PM: "God save the Queen"... Blasts out of the speakers as the girls get their gold medals and see the Union Jack flag hoisted aloft. Georgia couldn't even remember the words so she mumbled along!

Team GB womens doubles with their gold medals
Congrats girls!!


Ore

WEDNESDAY 12.05PM: Close but not close enough... The guys finish in 4th place. No double gold for Britain on the water...


Ore

WEDNESDAY 12.00PM: Boys turn... Casper Jopling and Ed Nainby-Luxmore won a Junior World Championship gold last year, could they make it Olympic gold this year?


Ore

WEDNESDAY 11.54AM: BRITAIN'S BAGGED ANOTHER GOLD...But only just! The girls only qualified for the final by the skin of their teeth and they've won Olympic gold by the same margin. I'm sure they don't care!

The girls show off their medals with the other finalists
The girls show off their medals with the other finalists


Ore

WEDNESDAY: 11.50AM: The girls are leading at halfway... Can they hold on??

The girls are leading half way can they hold on?
Come on team GB! Can they go all the way for gold?


Ore

WEDNESDAY 11.30AM: Yep, definitely should have brought a coat... It is pouring down! I'd rather be in a boat on the water because my clothes couldn't be soggier right now. Georgia Howard-Merrill and Fi Gammond racing in a bit.

No i don't sweat in weird places - my bag straps were wet!
No I don't sweat in weird places - my bag straps were wet!


Ore

WEDNESDAY 11.00AM: Could it be a golden morning? Team GB have got both their rowing pairs in the final and could be Britain's next Olympic champions. Slight bummer is that I haven't brought a coat and it looks like it could rain!


Ore

TUESDAY 8.20PM: IT'S GOLD FOR TEAM GB!! Jade Jones wins her Taekwondo final in a really tense sudden death round... Her family couldn't believe it! Jade said in her interview afterwards that she didn't know she picked up Team GB's first medal, let alone the first gold. But she is, and she's just made history!! Awesome!

Jade Jones celebrates her gold medal with her family.
Congrats! Jade gets a winning hug from her family!


Ore

TUESDAY 7.50PM: Jade Jones starts her quest for Team GB's first Youth Olympics gold medal... Her family have all come over from Wales to cheer her on. They're already so proud of her.

Jade Jones' family have come all the way from Wales to support her.
Team Jade have travelled all the way from Wales!


Ore

TUESDAY 7.20PM: There's a Taekwondo demonstration to entertain the crowd before the finals. These guys are incredible... They're punching and kicking through blocks of wood and one of them even kicks an apple off the end of a sword 2 metres in the air... BLINDFOLDED! At this point, I really do have to say... DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME!

Amazing taekwondo display kicks off the tournament!
Amazing taekwondo display kicks off the tournament!


Ore

TUESDAY 7.00PM: Arrived at the Taekwondo centre - or is it a disco?? Music is pumping out of the speakers to get everyone cheering and in the mood.

Taekwonda demonstration ahead of tournament.
Taekwondo stars show off their moves!


Ore

TUESDAY 6.30PM: Exciting news... It's going to be either gold or silver for Jade Jones...she's in the final!!

Jade Jones' got through to the Taekwondo final at the Youth Olympic Games.
Jade is in the final! Fingers crossed for a gold!


Ore

TUESDAY 6.00PM: Off to watch Jade Jones in her semi-final.. She's guaranteed a medal in the Taekwondo because they give both semi-finalist losers a bronze medal. But if she does well, she could bring home Britain's first ever Youth Olympic Gold!


Ore

TUESDAY 4.30PM: After burning up on the hottest day since we've been here, it's time to take cover because a storm's brewing! Even though the weather here is tropical, sometimes it really can remind you of the weather at home in the UK!

Stormy sky over Singapore
Looks like Ore has taken the British weather with him!


Ore

TUESDAY 3.30pm: Well that wasn't so bad, talking to 'Mr President'.. He's from Belgium where they speak French, so to break the ice I spoke some terrible French to him. He was nice and said it wasn't too bad.. (seriously, it was awful!) He also said that a Youth Olympic Games in London in 2018 would be a good idea. Thanks for sending in your questions, they were great!

Ore and Jacques Rogge
Ore and 'Mr President'!


Ore

TUESDAY 2.30pm: It's time to meet... The President!! No not Barack Obama, but Jacques Rogge - President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). He came up with the idea of a Youth Olympics so is really excited it's finally happening.

Ore at the Youth Olympics

Ore meets the President!


Ore

TUESDAY 1.30PM: I missed out on watching Man Utd's start their Premier League campaign against Newcastle because the game started at 3 o'clock in the morning our time!! So I watched the replay of the match in our hotel reception. 3-0? Easy!! COME ON UNITED!!!


Ore

TUESDAY 11.30AM: Oli Golding has easily powered past his opponent in the tennis so he's through to the third round. And we've heard that both our rowing pairs have made it into the final tomorrow which is awesome.


Ore

TUESDAY 11.00AM: It ends up not being a fantastic morning for Team GB. Katie Byres didn't make the final of the pole vault competition, Themba Luhana (110-metre hurdles) could only finish 4th in his race. And Victoria Ohuruogo missed out on a place in the 400 metres final too.

Camera eye view  of the pole vault competition.
Camera eye view of the pole vault competition.


Ore

TUESDAY 9.30AM: It's the first day of athletics so we're off to the Bishan Stadium. Even so early in the morning though it's nearly 35 degrees celsius! I'm just watching and sweating buckets, so you've got to feel for the athletes!

Tired athletes recovering after this mornings race
These guys were pooped after the 400m!


Ore

MONDAY 11.30PM: Went live for NR from the top of one of Singapore's tallest buildings - the view was amazing. We were 63 floors up and when you're in the lift going all the way up your ears pop just like when you're taking off in a plane!

Team Singapore helping Ore get ready to go on air!
Team Singapore helping Ore get ready to go on air!


Ore

MONDAY 5.00PM: Time for a bit of a nap before going live for NR at midnight... It's been a long weekend!


Ore

MONDAY 12.30PM: Off to watch Sarah Milne in the badminton. Sarah looks a bit like a player called Gail Emms, who won a silver medal at the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004. And if Sarah keeps it up, she could pick up a medal too - she won her group and is into the quarter-finals.

Sarah Milne causing a racket on the badminton court.
Sarah Milne causing a racket on the badminton court.


Ore

MONDAY 9.00AM: Back at East Park for the Men's Triathlon. Andy Hood did really well to finish in the top half of the competition, finishing in 15th. But he pushed himself so hard that he didn't look great at the end and needed the doctor to help him.

Andy Hood did really well in the Triathlon.
Andy Hood did really well in the Triathlon but may have pushed himself a bit too hard.


Ore

SUNDAY 7.30PM:News from Centre Court. Just heard that on the day that Andy Murray wins his first trophy of the year -

- British under-18 number 1 Oli Golding has beaten the best under-18 in the world in the first round. He is on cloud 9!


Ore

SUNDAY 3.00PM: Late lunch - we went for a lovely Thai meal... One pound is about two dollars here in Singapore, so you can get some really tasty grub for quite cheap.


Ore

SUNDAY 2.00PM: Had a bit of a nightmare of a bus journey. It should have taken us 30 minutes to get to our hotel from East Park, where they do the Triathlon. Instead, it took nearly 2 hours because the driver didn't know where he was going! Thank goodness I brought my mp3 player!


Ore

SUNDAY 9.00AM: After all the talk, it's finally competition time, baby!! Eli Thorogood is Britain's first ever athlete to compete at the Youth Olympic Games. She came 13th in the Triathlon.

Eli Thorogood was the first Team GB athlete to compete in the games.
Eli Thorogood was the first Team GB athlete to compete in the games.


Ore

SATURDAY 10.00PM: Had dinner with the guys in charge of Team GB at the Olympics. And Amy Williams, who won the only gold for Team GB at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver earlier this year. She didn't have her medal with her unfortunately!

Ore caught up with gold medal star Amy Williams.
Ore caught up with gold medal star Amy Williams.


Ore

SATURDAY 7.00PM: Let the Games begin! The Olympic opening ceremony was possibly THE best live show I've ever seen. It was right in the heart of the city on a massive float in the Marina Bay, with Singapore's skyscrapers in the background. I've never seen so many fireworks!

Amazing fireworks at the opening ceremony!
Amazing fireworks at the opening ceremony!


Ore

SATURDAY 1.30PM: Had a lovely chat with Team GB's... Victoria Ohuruogo (400 metres) and Charlie Grice (1000 metres) and Seb Coe (should really call him 'Lord Coe', but we went to the same university so it's ok!) He played a huge role in getting the Olympics to London in 2012.

Ore has a chat with Lord Coe, and Team GB stars Charlie Grice and Victoria Ohuruogo.
Ore has a chat with Lord Coe, and Team GB stars Charlie Grice and Victoria Ohuruogo.


Ore

FRIDAY 5.00PM: Had to smarten up for tea at the British High Commission in Singapore.

Team GB were having a 'good luck' reception and doing interviews a day before the Youth Olympics get going... It was very posh!

British High Commission
The British High Commission in Singapore where Ore had tea.


Ore

FRIDAY 1.30PM: Went for lunch with Eli Thorogood and Andy Hood (Triathlon). They're the first sport in competition for GB in Singapore, so they've got a bit of pressure.

Ore in the Olympic Village
But no pressure for Ore - he's been having fun at a GB stall in the Olympic Village.


Ore

FRIDAY 10.30AM: Abi Fitzpatrick (400-metre hurdles) and Louisa James (Hammer-throw) showed me around their bedroom.

It's not as messy as I thought it would be after four days. I did feel like helping them tidy a bit though!

They get loads of GB kit, including 22 different shirts to wear and a mobile to call home! Very jealous.

Abi Fitzpatrick
Abi Fitzpatrick with her union flag bed cover made for her by a friend.


Ore

FRIDAY 9.30AM: Heading for the Youth Olympic Athletes' village. I'm going to meet some of the team for the first time since flying from London with them.

Ore in Singapore
Ore in the middle of the Olympic Village Square.

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