Kiah Stokes won a bronze medal at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games, but came away with so much more than hardware in the experience of a lifetime.

Growing up, many athletes watch the Olympics and dream of one day competing on the world stage and winning gold medals.

Four years ago the International Olympic Committee (IOC) created an opportunity for young athletes to achieve that dream, and in 2010 the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) was launched in Singapore.

Just like in the Olympics, athletes will live in a village with other athletes from around the world. They will dine together in the cafeteria, march into the stadium together at the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, and have a unique opportunity to not just peer into the life of an Olympian, but to live it as well.

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