For some this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and for others the YOG is a stepping stone to a successful career in sport both on and off the field of play. Feeling inspired? The next summer edition of the Youth Olympic Games will take place in Buenos Aires in 2018 - make it your goal!
Behind the scenes at the Youth Olympic Games
Find out what the athletes experience at the Youth Olympic Games in this video that goes behind the scenes at Nanjing 2014.