Buenos Aires 2018
The Argentinean capital of Buenos Aires hosted the third edition of the Summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in October, 2018. Athletes between 15-18 years old from 206 countries competed in 32 sports, with Australia shining on the Olympic stage, claiming 21 medals in total.
Australia produced a team of 88 athletes who competed across 26 sports, claiming 16 individual and five mixed international medals.
The swag was spread across golf (two gold), swimming (gold, two silver, three bronze) athletics (gold, four silver) rowing (bronze), basketball 3x3 (bronze), gymnastics (silver - individual, gold, bronze - mixed), tennis (silver - mixed), triathlon (silver - mixed), badminton (bronze - mixed).
Australia’s previous YOG teams have produced such Olympic heroes as dual Games medallist Jessica Fox, Rio 2016 Olympic Champion Kyle Chalmers and four-time Rio medallist Emma McKeon.
Buenos Aires 2018 unearthed a slew of young guns pushing for Tokyo 2020 and beyond, with Opening Ceremony Flag Bearer, Keely Small and Closing Ceremony Flag Bearer, Grace Kim both claiming gold in their respective fields.
Fellow golfer, Karl Vilips rounded out the golfing gold claiming one of his own on the opening day of competition, while superstar swimmer, Kaylee McKeown grabbed Australia's fourth indiviual gold, along with two silvers and a bronze.
The Games featured four new sports in Sport Climbing and Karate, which are set for their Olympic debut in Tokyo, as well as Break Dancing and Roller Sports.
Among the 76 Young Change-Makers from around the world was Australian Rio 2016 Modern Pentathlon gold medalist Chloe Esposito.
As a Young Change-Maker, Chloe acted as a mentor for the Youth Olympians, encouraging them to take part in a unique programme of activites, workshops and drawing on her own Games-time experience to provide support to the young athletes.
Dual fencing Olympian Evelyn Halls was named Chef de Mission leading the young Australian team into the Youth Olympic Games.
At the conclusion of the Games, it was hailed a huge success being the most digitally consumed Youth Olympic Games in history.
Buenos Aires 2018 was arugably the most innovative Games so far, with the Opening Ceremony being a massive street party in the widest avenue in the world, and the Closing Ceremony turning into a dance party headed by multiple dj's, fireworks and laser shows.