Political victims at Youth Olympics; more Olympic notes
The inaugural Youth Olympic Games opened over the weekend in Singapore, where 3,600 athletes from 200 countries were entered in 24 sports.
The Games have some adaptations from the established Olympics. Events in Singapore include three-on-three outdoor basketball, a swimming medley with both males and females in the race, a 1,000-meter race, a 2,000 steeplechase and a 5,000 walk. All male cyclists, either from mountain biking, BMX or the time trials, are required to compete in a road race. Fencing competitions will include mixed teams. Riding is not included this year in the modern pentathlon, which might better be named the very modern quadrathlon. Also in Singapore, triathlon events will be comprised of a 750-meter swim, a 20-kilometer ride and a five-kilometer run.
Two more athletes became political victims at the Games when
The women may face a similar dilemma, though not as pronounced, on the uneven bars, especially without
For the record, three of the team's big stars from 2008; Liukin, the Olympic all-around champ;