新加坡2010青年奥运会，是继近代奥运会有史以来，国际奥委会启动最新的国际体育 项目。在2008年二月，国际奥委会主席罗格宣布新加坡击败俄罗斯，赢得第一届青年 奥运会的主办权。
上万人聚集的新加坡政府大厦大草场于宣布成绩的一刻，成为国际 体坛瞩的焦点。 主办城市的筹备工作目前已经展开了一年多，相对一般夏季奥运会的7年筹备，新加坡 必须在短短的两年内交出成绩。 2009年8月14日，新加坡青奥组委将在庆贺申办成功的同一个地点，主办有史以来第一 届青奥会的一年倒计时庆典。
在这个活动中，公众从傍晚5点开始，能够参与大草场进行的体育嘉年华。国家奥理会 也会将国际奥林匹克日的千人跑步活动，移师到这个地点作为终点站。学校和青年团 体也将受邀，为这个大型庆祝活动贡献演出。秉着卓越，尊重，友谊的奥运精神，主 办单位鼓励青年及民众为倒计时活动做出贡献，从志愿工作，到舞台表演，都将有青 少年的热情参与。
为过去 一年紧凑筹备工作的成果作出见证。 大会将在晚上8点10分进行倒计时，欢庆距离青奥会开幕礼365天整，庆典高潮将是为 一尊10米高的计时钟揭幕。
- 美国女泳手Amanda Beard曾担任花花公子杂志模特儿，因为全裸替反皮草组织拍摄了海报，成为众男健儿的目标。
Bubbling in Beijing …
Athletes ready to swing once therigours of competition come to an end:
Friday • August 8, 2008
BEIJING — The International Olympic Committee ought to seriously consider adding hanky-panky as an official sport.
No argument from Kid Dynamite, who’s ready to explode.
“I’m constantly like, ‘Wow, she’s nice, I’d like to meet her’,” said 18-year-old Jake Deitchler, whose US Greco-Roman wrestling team-mates made permanent the nickname coined by a Sports Illustrated writer.
Deitchler is one of a number of athletes who chuckled, blushed, grinned and dished dirt when asked about the amorous atmosphere inside the athletes’ village.
“You’ve got a lot of young athletes who’ve got a lot of energy,” said one of Kid Dynamite’s team-mates, Brad Vering. “That’s just the way it is.”
The organising committees must be aware of the canoodling, as condoms are made available. In Sydney 2000, each athlete was given 51 condoms upon arrival. Another 20,000 were ordered when the supply dwindled.
Four years ago, US swimmer Brendan Hansen won gold, silver and bronze medals before turning his attention to other pursuits. As he said then, the women tend to flock when you’re half-naked and shaved.
At Beijing’s Water Cube the other day, swimmers and divers were going through their practice paces. There were more six packs on display than at one of those wholesale beer warehouses.
Quipped a wag, the athletes were “so hot it’s a surprise the water wasn’t bubbling”.
Some rudimentary polling of athletes suggested that swimmers, indeed, have the most active social lives. Besides the favourable body-mass index requirements, the Olympic schedule also works in their favour.
Swimming is one of the first events at the Games. When the last medal is awarded, it’s party time.
The athletes say this isn’t just hormones gone wild. Olympians subject themselves to years of intense training. Much is sacrificed. In a blink, it’s over. There’s an exhilaration, relief and sadness that only a fellow athlete can understand.
“You’ve spent so long training and focusing — you keep a lid on it,” said Andrew Schacht, an Aussie beach volleyball player. “Then, all of a sudden, the lid is off. People are human. They will act.”
Some Olympic romances become love affairs.
Take former US figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi and hockey player Bret Hedican, who met at the 1992 Winter Games in Albertville, France. They’re married with kids.
India’s tennis player Leander Paes is the product of an Olympic moment. His mother played basketball and his father field hockey at the 1972 Munich Games, which were marred by the murder of Israeli athletes.
During the hostage standoff, there was a lockdown at the athletes’ village. No newspapers. No TV. No radio. No leaving the room. Nothing to do. Well, almost nothing. “So I guess there was me,” Paes said.
US swimmer Amanda Beard has bright blue eyes, a swimmer’s physique and a Playboy magazine pictorial on her resume. Naturally, she’s received her share of gentlemen callers with a variety of passports at the village.
“Just the normal attention,” said Beard, whose attire in a new Peta ad consists of just goggles.
It remains to be seen what kind of attention awaits Deitchler, who wants the ladies at the athletes’ village to know that he’s all business until Aug 13, when the wrestling competition ends. After that, he’s free.
“That gives me plenty of time to, uh, make contacts,” he said. “For my Facebook page, I mean.”
Social networking, indeed.