Football in Buenos Aires, Canoe, Taekwondo and more! | Youth Olympic Games
My name is Carolina Cabella and I’m a young reporter for the Youth Olympic Games. I’m from Buenos Aires Where the next Youth Olympic Games are taking place. I’m going to take you around my city and show you some of the things you can do here This time, I’m taking you to the iconic stadium, “La Bombonera”. The home of Boca Juniors; one of the two most popular teams in Buenos Aires. For me, coming to a stadium is about experiencing what goes on before the game. The graffiti, street art and murals have strong connections with the club and neighborhood. It’s a way of expressing admiration for former players. Like Riquelme, one of the Boca Juniors legends. One of the traditions of going to a match is have a “choripan”. Choripan is a chorizo sausage between bread. It doesn’t look like much, but it’s delicious! To really understand the passion of Argentinians, you have to come to a football match. Boca is one of the most beloved and hated teams in Argentina. This is because of their success on the pitch. They have won 32 titles from Primera División, just behind River Plate – their main rivals, that have won 36 titles. “La Bombonera” is the nickname of the stadium. It means “the chocolate box” because of its unusual shape and steep sides. This gives the stadium fantastic acoustics. The Boca fans are very passionate. Everyone sings and jumps; making the stadium vibrate. And that’s even before they score a goal. Coming to a football game here is to experience what the city has to offer. The graffiti, the food, the fans and the gladiators on the pitch. Coming to La Bombonera means you’ll experience what it is to be from Buenos Aires. I’m Szabina Szellák from Hungary. I’m fourteen years old and I’m a kayaker. I love this sport because we’re outside in nature, which I really like. There’s a lot of competition and I really like to win. So it’s also a challenge for me. I go to school, so I train two hours a day. And in the summer, I train for two hours twice a day. I’ve been Kayaking for five years. I can’t run because of my knee injury. So I do gymnastics as a warm-up on the shore and a tough warm-up on the water. Warming up is very important for everybody. We do it so that muscles don’t get hurt. When we warm-up, we have to engage all our muscles well. Our hands, legs, torso, stomach, and this way, the muscles don’t get injured. In kayaking, the arms play a big role. The back, arms and waist also have to be very strong. As I’m still young, technique is very important to me. We spend a lot more time on this than physical preparation. When I’m tired, I always talk to my trainer, Because she always helps me get over it and can find a solution to my problems. My favourite feeling when kayaking is that I can make others happy. I also make friends, but most importantly I get to represent my country. For the first time, this year I represented Hungary at an international competition, at the European Youth Olympic Festival. Next year I’d very much like to get to the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires. I am Richard Kierkegaard and I practice show jumping Show Jumping is unique because the relationship with the horse is incredible and you cannot compare it with any other sport because you compete with an animal that weighs over 500kg and you need to have control over the animal so the connection with the horse is very important. At the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires 2018, we won’t be able to use our own horse as not all horses from around the world will be able to come to Argentina. So everyone competing will get a horse assigned at random. All horses will be unfamiliar to the rider so it comes down to how good of a rider you are, you have to be ready to ride any type of horse, that is why I train with 7 different horses. This is helping me a lot, as I am learning to ride all types of horses, which is making me a better rider. Where I live is the same place as where I train it is a great advantage as I am able to spend all day with my horses, and look after their development. I ride every day of the week except on Sunday as this is the day they rest. I spend 30 minutes to 1 hour with each horse. Training is important but it depends on the horse and the rider because every horse is different and they have their own character all of my horses are unique and I have to train each of them in a specific way. Some horses need to work on being relaxed and calm, because they can get nervous. When they are nervous they do not perform well. Similar to any other athlete. I jump in training once a week, the rest of the week is work on the ground I work on improving the horses’ imperfections for example I look to improve the control or the power of the horse. When we are practicing jumps the horse has to warm up like any other athlete as it could get injured. Similar to what stretching is for us, it is the same for horse, they have to stretch start activating all of the muscles around their body. For me, the warm up of the horse is more important than the warm up of rider as they are the stars of the show. As a rider, you are using your whole body. Personally, I use my back a lot because I maintain my posture when I jump and change directions. The beauty of equestrian is being able to hide your movements. As well as using my back, I use my legs to hold onto the horse It depends how much trust I have with the horse but I always try to feel like we are one I try to have the best connection with the horse as that will make us perform better together. From the first moment the Olympic qualification started there has been a lot of pressure mainly because the games are going to be in Argentina and everyone is going to be watching me. I think I still feel the pressure because the competition level is very high in Argentina but if I am able to qualify to the Youth Olympic Games, I will transform that pressure into motivation as I am representing my country. To win a Youth Olympic medal, it would be more than a dream as it has been my goal since I started to ride. It will be everything to win a medal, and it will mean even more to win it in Argentina as I will make history.