Just because the athletes at the Youth Olympic Games are generally younger than their peers doesn’t mean that the IOC isn’t still going to put on a massive show to kick them off.
The opening ceremonies for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games took place on Saturday evening at the Obelisco de Buenos Aires – a plaza including a 235-foot tall obelisk at the center. This marks the first time in modern Olympic history that the ceremony wasn’t held in a traditional arena or stadium setting.
In the inaugural edition of the Youth Olympics, there was only an indoor volleyball tournament. In 2014, that was replaced with a beach tournament, as the event continues to focus more-and-more on individual and more compact team sports, such as playing 3-on-3 basketball rather than the traditional 5-player version, and 5-per-side Futsal replacing 11-per-side soccer (association football) in 2018.
Brazilian pair of Ana Patricia Silva Ramos/Eduarda Santos Lisboa won gold in 2014, while Russia’s Oleg Stoyanovskiy/Artem Yarzutkin won the boys’ title. 2018 is the 3rd edition of the Youth Olympic Games but just the 2nd with beach volleyball.
Watch the whole 2-hour ceremony again below: