Six Youth Olympic Games (YOG) athletes reveal their lighter sides

Six Youth Olympic Games (YOG) athletes reveal their lighter sides
The young athletes who will be carrying Singapore's hopes at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing from Aug 16-28.

Ynez Lim Si Ying, 15

School: St Anthony's Canossian Secondary School

Sport: Windsurfing (Techno 293)

A juicy secret: I am a bit of a clean freak.

Most embarrassing blooper: When one of my teammates said: "Eh, YOG sailor there!" And I was, like: "OMG, where, where?" It turned out they were referring to me.

Dylan Koo Long Hai, 15

School: Anglo-Chinese School (Independent)

Sport: Swimming (100m and 200m butterfly)

YOG targets: To achieve a time of 55.99sec for the 100m butterfly and 2min 1sec for the 200m butterfly

What he will miss most when in Nanjing: My pillow. It has been with me since I was born. You can imagine its condition now.

Pre-tournament ritual: My parents always give me a high five before I report to the poolside officials. After reporting, I put on my headphones and listen to my pre-race play list (Sweet Dreams by Marilyn Manson is a must-listen) while visualising my race plan.

Favourite hobbies: Reading fiction (my favourite: the Twilight series).

A juicy secret: Actress Jennifer Lawrence is hot! She is also smart (she graduated from high school with a 3.9 grade point average), athletic and seems confident and at ease with herself.

Most embarrassing blooper: During the YOG flag presentation at the Sports Hub last month, which I attended with two of my YOG teammates (Nur Marina Chan and Samantha Yeo), the media clamoured to interview everyone - except me. No one knew who I was and I was left to my own devices. Finally, a reporter came up to me and asked: "Are you Darren Lim (a fellow swimmer)?" I learnt something that day: If I could get over this embarrassment, there is really nothing much else that can get to me.

Top of his bucket list: Do a shark cage dive and have coffee with Mark Zuckerberg.

Samantha Yom Jing Yi, 15

School: Raffles Girls' School

Sport: Sailing (Byte CII)

YOG target: To finish among the top five in her event

Favourite food: I love Nutella, so anything with Nutella.

Most embarrassing blooper: Once, I was leading a race by a considerable distance and was certain I would win. In my excitement, however, I lost control of the boat and capsized. Twice! I didn't win in the end.

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