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YOG Gymnastics Finals!

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I was really really really lucky to be able to receive a pair of complementary tickets to the YOG Gymnastics Finals on Sunday 22 August 2010. A friend wanted to bribe me with dinner in exchange for one of the tickets, but my mother had already staked her claim on it. Come to think of it, I wouldn’t have sold the tickets even if I was offered $1000! (Ok maybe I would do that and then buy another ticket back for $200? Ha…)

We arrived earlier this time round to get good seats. They were giving out the YOG noise makers at the door. (Finally, my very own YOG noise maker! I can be at peace now.) The atmosphere was even better than the qualifying rounds. The hosts were busy getting the crowd into the mood, not that the spectators needed much help. Even before the gymnasts were out, there were already wolf whistles, screams, cheers and lots of noise making. I swear it was akin to attending a pop concert!

A colleague asked me, what’s so interesting about watching kids compete in sports? Well the thing is I don’t view them as merely kids. To me, this feels like the real Olympics. I’m witnessing real athletes perform with strength, grace, determination and skill. These athletes just happen to be young!

Anyway, here are some highlights from the Artistics Gymnastics Individual Apparatus Finals.

YOG Gym Indiv Apparatus Finals - Spectator Stands Gymnastics Finals spectator stands

YOG Gymnastics Queue

Long queue for last minute seats…

YOG Reserved SeatsHopefully they all managed to get tickets because this amount of space x 2 was cordoned off waiting for them. 

YOG Gym Indiv Apparatus Finals - Viktoria Komova on Beam Viktoria Komova on the Beam

YOG Gym Indiv Apparatus Finals - Jessica Hogg on Floor

Jessica Hogg on the Floor

YOG Gym Indiv Apparatus Finals - Sam Oldham looks on Sam Oldham of Great Britain looks on

YOG Gym Indiv Apparatus Finals - Parallel Bars

Parallel Bars finals – My favourite one is Andrei Muntean of Romania. No photo as I taped it instead.

YOG Gym Indiv Apparatus Finals - Women's Floor Medallists

Tan Sixin, Diana Bulimar and Viktoria Komova – medallists for Women’s Floor Finals. Man I want a Merly…

YOG Canoeing / Kayaking Qualifying Rounds

Alas, it was a cloudy day when we arose. The sky was overcast, which would not make for the best photos, but at least the consolation would be that it would be quite cooling sitting at the Marina Reservoir spectator stands. It is next to the Gardens by the Bay, which are not completed yet. I can’t wait till the Gardens are completed, they would be lovely!

I had no idea that I’d bought tickets for the time-trials, which meant that it wasn’t races that we would be watching. Each athlete took his turn one by one on the course. It was a little bit of a let down because races would have been more interesting! Still, we stayed for the entire morning session, cheering the athletes along. We had a good commentator who kept everyone’s spirits up, and encouraged the spectators to cheer loudly when the canoeists had turned around the course and could see and hear the spectators.

At one point, everyone was very surprised to see a really slow kakayer, who seemed to be a fish out of the water. The commentator encouraged everyone to still cheer Dipoko Dikongue of Camaroon on. Apparently in his country, they have a sport similar to kayaking, but using broader kayaks. So Dipoko had only 1 week’s worth of real experience in the type of kayaks that we are familiar with. This truely exemplifies the Olympic spirit when everyone cheered so loudly for Dipoko that he probably received the loudest cheers for the session!

Wang Nam Feng Wang Nam Feng of Singapore looking exhausted after her race! I should probably invest in a zoom lens!

YOG Canoeing (2) I thought I knew what Canoeing was, but I had no idea it was done this way. It looks pretty un-aerodynamic if you ask me!

YOG Kayaking Marina Reservoir with Benjamin Sheares Bridge in the background

Marina Reservoir Backdrop This view is why I bought tickets to attend the YOG Canoeing/Kayaking race

YOG Kakaking Spectator STand (2) Spectators at the Canoeing / Kakaying Competition

Merly and Lyo dancing (2)  Merly and Lyo dancing

Merly and Lyo paying the spectators a special visit. They’re even dancing to the YMCA, with the crowd enthusiastically following on. Did you know Lyo’s paw prints are in the shape of a Singapore map?

Merly and Lyo pose

Posing with Merly and Lyo. Can you see what Merly is doing? NAUGHTY! Now I used to think that they were so cheesy, but now I find them really cute! I want to get the soft toys and fridge magnets!

Gardens by the Bay Posh Toilets

Posh toilets at the Gardens by the Bay. Forget about the Zoo’s toilets. These toilets have glass roofs. You can now pee under the blue skies. 

Nice rocks Posh Rocks line the way

International Convention Centre Ticket lineLong queue for tickets at the International Convention Centre. OK the YOG has just released more tickets online. I just bought 2 tickets for the Handball Finals like 2 hours ago. Go get some while the tickets are still there. This is your last chance to be part of the Olympic action on home soil, so don’t regret when it’s too late!!!! If not you may just have to take a plane ride to London 2 years from now.

YOG Women’s Gymnastics Qualifying Rounds

Here are some of the photos I took during today’s YOG Women’s Gymnastics Qualifying Rounds Subdivision 1. It was amazing to be there witnessing my favourite sport live for the 1st time. Even my mother enjoyed every moment of it! It was definitely a $10 x 2 well spent!

Security was tight. We had to walk through the security scanners even before we got into Bishan Sports Hall. The area was quite packed because the athletics competitions were going on next door at Bishan Stadium.

YOG Gym WQ1 - Bishan Gymnasium

The Bishan Sports Hall modified into a gymnastics arena.

YOG Gym WQ1 - SpectatorsNow tell me, is that crowded or what? The tickets for even the qualifying rounds were sold out. Even the ticket office located on site, which may have some last minute unsold tickets, was sold out. I know because a lady standing near the entrance kept asking people if they had spare tickets for her daughter, and she said so. I think YOG should have sold more tickets because they definitely could have crammed more people in!

YOG Gym WQ1 - Students CheeringWhen I first thought I wouldn’t be able to get tickets for the finals, I was a bit miffed to think that the tickets might have been reserved for students “forced” to attend the games to make up the numbers. As you can see from the picture, the students certainly don’t look forced. The little boy from Corporation Primary School was having a whale of a time. I am rather surprised that a school would send a contingent of primary school boys to watch the girls gymnastics, but I see it wasn’t a wrong decision! And whenever the a gymnast accomplished a particularly difficult move, there were appreciative “ahhs” and claps.

YOG Gym WQ1 - Rachel Giam on Beam (2)

Here’s Rachel Giam, Singapore’s representative for the women’s gymnastics!

YOG Gym WQ1 - Rachel Giam on Beam

Rachel Giam looking super steady in this move

YOG Gym WQ1 - Rachel Giam on Beam (3)

Spot the gymnast…

YOG Gym WQ1 - Rachel Giam on Floor

Rachel Giam on the Floor

YOG Gym WQ1 - Rachel Giam on Floor (2)

You know, I’ve always wondered how on earth the gymnasts manage to somersault that high. I mean I can’t even JUMP that high, let alone somersault! I know that the Floor is spring-loaded, but still, that’s hardly enough time to even clap twice!

YOG Gym WQ1 - Sophia Serseri (2)

Sophia Serseri of France warming up on the Uneven Bars. You won’t be able to see gymnasts standing on the bars like this during the actual competition because it’s no longer an approved move.

YOG Gym WQ1 - Sophia Serseri Sophia Serseri catching the bars while her coach looks on.

YOG Gym WQ1 - Amaya Dominguez

Amaya Dominguez on the Balance Beam

Singapore Youth Olympics Games – Here I come (to watch)!

I’m brimming with energy even though it is nearly 1 am! I really must be a night person! It’s also thanks to the fact that I will not be going into the office tomorrow because I’ve taken leave to watch the Youth Olympic Games Women’s Gymnastics Preliminaries! I can’t wait to see what it is like. Despite being a loyal TV spectator of this sport for more than 20 years, I have never witnessed a live Gymnastics competition up close and personal before! This will be my 1st time and it’s none too soon!

I’ve also got myself tickets to watch the canoing/kayaking race at the Marina Reservoir on Saturday morning. It’s not that I am a super fan of canoing/kayaking. I just feel like this Youth Olympics is such a rare event that I surely have to do more than watch just 1 sport? Also, the view of the Marina Reservoir, with the Singapore Flyer in the background, must be a pretty sight to behold. I specially picked the morning race so that the photos will turn out great in the morning sunlight. I can’t wait!

How are you enjoying the inaugural Youth Olympic Games?

Here are 2 photos for you to enjoy, taken from the YOG Opening Ceremony preview I attended.

YOG Opening Ceremony - Monster

The Floating Platform looks like it is burning down, while the Marina Bay Sands looks stately in the background.

YOG Opening Ceremony - Fireworks

Fireworks erupt after Singapore’s National Flag is raised

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