INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., June 15, 2010 – Jesse Glenn of Northridge, Calif., will represent the United States in men’s gymnastics at the first-ever Youth Olympic Games in Singapore, August 14-26. The United States qualified to the Youth Olympic Games at the 2009 Junior Pan American Championships by winning the men’s all-around. The USA will send also send an athlete in rhythmic gymnastics and men’s trampoline, and those athletes will be determined in the coming weeks.
The 2009 Visa Championships junior 14-15 vault champion, Glenn, who trains at SCATS, finished first in the all-around at the 2010 Youth Olympic Team Trial, held on June 15 as part of the 2010 Junior National Team Camp in Colorado Springs, Colo. To be considered for the Youth Olympic Games, U.S. male gymnasts had to meet one of the following criteria: be a member of the Junior National or Junior Elite Team at the time of the Youth Olympic Games Trial, or have placed in the top three all-around in either the Level 10 14-to-15 or 16-to-18 age division at the 2010 Junior Olympic National Championships, conducted May 5-9 in Knoxville, Tenn. The Youth Olympic Games age requirement mandates artistic gymnasts must be born between January 1, 1993, and December 31, 1994.
The U.S. Olympic Committee will send a team of nearly 80 athletes to the 2010 Youth Olympic Games, which begins with the Opening Ceremony on August 14.
The Youth Olympic Games is an international multi-sport event of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that will bring together 3,600 athletes (between the ages of 14 and 18) from all 205 National Olympic Committees and competing in the 26 sports of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games run from Aug. 14-26 and feature a cultural and education program, with the goal of increasing participants’ awareness of the Olympic values and topics, such as healthy lifestyles and the fight against doping.
For more information on the Youth Olympic Games, visit www.olympic.org/youtholympicgames.