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16 August 2010, 08:08 am
Sailor Darren Choy (SIN) lights Olympic Cauldron
The Inaugural Youth Olympic Games Are Open
Opening Ceremony of the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore

Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games

As the world watched Singapore's Darren Choy raced through the reflective pool to light the inaugural Youth Olympic Games cauldron, the only thing running through the young sailor's mind was "whatever you do, don't trip!"
After weeks of speculation, the 16-year-old was revealed as the final torch bearer, and all eyes were on him as he entered Marina Bay's Floating Stadium.

"After last night, I feel it was really special to be the first person to light the cauldron for Youth Olympic Games, it is a huge honour." Darren Choy said.

"At first I didn't want to do it, I'm not good with that sort of stuff, but then I realised that it is a huge honour."

Choy was sworn to secrecy about his role and even attended a secret midnight rehearsal last Saturday night.

"It wasn't that hard keeping it a secret, my parents knew, but I didn't want to tell anyone," Choy said.

And the secrecy appears to have paid off. Not only did Choy light up the Olympic Cauldron, but he also sparked up some excitement in the Youth Olympic Games' sailing community.

"It was so great," USA's Margot Samson said, "Even though he's in Byte and we're in windsurfing it's still sailing itself, that was the final touch."

Her team mate Ian Stokes (USA) said: "It was one of the coolest things I've ever seen in my whole life, that was sweet!"

Choy, who is the current World Champion, is competing in the Byte Cll class sailing event at the National Sailing Centre, East Coast Park.

Watch Darren lighting the flame here at the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games You Tube site

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