Photo: International Olympic CommitteeMichelle Wie
With fewer than 300 days to go until golf makes its Youth Olympic Games debut at Nanjing 2014, the International Olympic Committee has announced Michelle Wie as a YOG Ambassador.
The American golfer, who was the youngest-ever player to qualify for a USGA (United States Golf Association) tournament, aged just 10, will share her advice and experience with the first generation of YOG golfers, while inspiring young people around the world to get involved in sport and embrace the Olympic values.
Wie, 24, who has achieved two LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association) career victories, said about her nomination as a YOG Ambassador: “I feel so honoured to be part of the Youth Olympic Games. I’m hoping to teach young people to have fun with their game, to be competitive, to really want something and to realise the importance of having a dream.”
The golfing prodigy added: “I think it’s really important to inspire young people to take up sport; it’s important to be active and be outdoors. I remember my childhood, playing different sports and rarely being indoors.”
The second edition of the Summer Youth Olympic Games will be held from 16-28 August 2014 in Nanjing, China. The programme will feature 28 sports, as well as unique disciplines such as 3-on-3 basketball and 5-a-side hockey, in addition to mixed gender and mixed National Olympic Committee events.