SINGAPORE - This year's Youth Olympic Games has come to an end in Nanjing, with the closing ceremony held on Thursday night after two weeks of competition.
There were almost 4,000 athletes and this year's Games had broken records in many areas including featured athletes expected to graduate to the Summer Olympics within the next few years.
While there were plenty of great moments such as Chinese swimmer Shen Duo emerging as the most successful athlete of the Games with six golds, there were also unfortunate instances such as when Uzbekistan's Abdullaeva required assistance after a failed attempt during the women's +63kg weightlifting final.
Nevertheless, host-nation China finished as the most successful country with 38 golds won, earning praise from Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
"I would like to thank all our Chinese hosts. With your already world-famous efficiency and with your overwhelming friendliness you have made all of us feel at home in this ancient great city, in this modern and dynamic city of Nanjing." Bach said.
The next Winter Games will be in Lillehammer in 2016 before the next Summer Games in Buenos Aires in 2018.