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Golf: Wie named Youth Olympic Games Ambassador for Nanjing 2014

American Michelle Wie (centre), who is of Korean descent, has been named as a Youth Olympic Games Ambassador as golf makes its debut in Nanjing 2014. Photo: IOC.

American Michelle Wie (centre), who is of Korean descent, has been named as a Youth Olympic Games Ambassador as golf makes its debut in Nanjing 2014. Photo: IOC.

October 22, 2013: Michelle Wie will serve as a Youth Olympic Games Ambassador as golf debuts in the 2014 summer games in Nanjing, China, the IOC (International Olympic Committee) has announced.

 

In her role, the 1.85-metre Wie will share her experience as one of the most decorated junior and amateur golfers while inspiring youth around the world to get involved in sports and embrace the Olympic values.

 

The Hawaii-born American, who turned 24 this month, had enormous success as a youngster and this will prove useful as she advises the first generation of Youth Olympics golfers.

 

After becoming the youngest player to ever qualify for the USGA Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship at age 10, Wie went on to set multiple records as a junior and amateur golfer. The child prodigy turned professional in 2006 at 16 and joined the LPGA Tour three years later.

 

“I feel so honoured to be part of the Youth Olympic Games,” said Wie, a two-time winner on the LPGA Tour, who on Sunday finished third in the KEB HanaBank Championship in Korea, having already competed in China and Malaysia as part of the LPGA’s ‘Asia swing’.

 

“I’m hoping to teach young people to have fun with their game, to be competitive, to really want something and to realise the importance of having a dream. I think it’s really important to inspire young people to take up sports; it’s important to be active and be outdoors. I remember my childhood, playing different sports and rarely being indoors.”

 

Golf will feature in the Youth Olympics next August two years before the sport makes its return to the Olympic Games in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. Wie was a key member of the delegation that travelled to the IOC Session in Copenhagen in 2009 to successfully bid for the re-inclusion of golf. Since then, Wie’s aspirations to qualify for Rio 2016 have intensified.

 

“I went to the London Olympic Games last year and that really got me inspired,” said Wie, a 2012 Stanford University graduate. “It got me motivated and I’m going to do everything I can. It’s one of my biggest focuses, making the American team for Rio.”

 

The second edition of the Summer Youth Olympic Games will be held from August 16-28, 2014. The programme will feature 28 sports, as well as unique disciplines such as three-on-three basketball and five-a-side hockey, in addition to mixed gender and mixed National Olympic Committee (NOC) events.

 

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