Hola Buenos Aires! Youth Olympians stir up social media in Argentina

#BuenosAires2018 posts soar as excitement builds among athletes and teams.

With just days to go before the Opening Ceremony, athletes and teams from around the world have been making their way to Buenos Aires for the Youth Olympic Games starting this Saturday.

Given the once-in-a-lifetime nature of this experience, it's no surprise that they have upped their social media game. And who can blame them? It's not often you get to make your Olympic debut.

We've scanned the web and picked out a few posts to give you a glimpse into what life as a Youth Olympian looks like before the games get underway.

You'll never travel alone

Not only will you always have a shoulder to lean on during the journey, it'll also be pretty hard to stray from your teammates given that all of you will be wearing the same kit.

Team Netherlands are always easy to pick out in a crowd in their trademark orange.

Travelling light is not an option

With October in Buenos Aires on the chilly side (maximum temperatures of around 16 degrees Celsius), warm clothes will be the order of the day.

But the athletes will be bringing plenty besides the thermals. And when approaching the pinnacle of your young sporting career thus far, it's always better ...

To have and not want, than to want and not have...

Take Slovenia, for instance. For a team of 48, they have brought a whole load of luggage with them.

That translates to 110 bags, five bicycles, two paddles, one pistol and plenty of racquets!

All eyes on you

Even before the flight over, your every word and move is being watched. And, sometimes, recorded.

This was the case with Zimbabwe's two rowers who obliged local news crews with interviews before take-off.

No time to lose

From now, every second counts.

Even if your travel includes a long layover, a delayed flight or an official get-together, that's no excuse for not making the most of the moment.

Take a leaf out of Team Japan's book. They put Boomerang to good use at a team gathering to create a great Instagram story introducing their athletes.

Be sure to click the link below to watch it.

If you've got it, flaunt it!

It's one thing to be selected to represent your nation at the Youth Olympics, but to then be chosen as flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony is something else.

If that happens to you, you have to tell the whole world about it.

Track and field athlete, Keely Small, certainly did so after being picked for the honour from Australia's 88-member squad.

'You'll like it 'cause it has rings on it'

You've probably got a closet full of different kit, from your school team's colours to your neighbourhood club outfit to your state team uniform.

But there's no uniform like this one which has, not only your country's flag, but also the five Olympic rings on it..

That's #special.

So when you receive your Olympic kit, be sure to wear it with pride like Great Britain's taekwondo hopeful Sharissa Gannaway.

Let them know you're here!

With 4,000 athletes taking part in the third edition of the summer Youth Olympic Games, it would be easy to blend into the background.


You can stand out by announcing your arrival in Buenos Aires in style.

The Italian rowing team did just that with a 'Forza Italia' just seconds after leaving the plane.

Snap it up

You never know when you'll next get the opportunity to be around so many different people from all over the world again, so make the most of it.

Take plenty of pictures and video to savour the moment. And never be too shy to ask a stranger for a picture.

These athletes from Slovakia did just that and managed to snag an Instagram-worthy picture with the Games mascot, #Pandi.

So go ahead and snap a selfie with anyone and everyone as if your mobile battery was about to die out.

And if anyone accuses you of being childish, just remind them, it is the Youth Olympic Games after all.

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