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Why did you agree to become a Youth OlympicGames Ambassador?The Olympic Movement is really special to me and tohave the chance to be a part of the YOG is an honour.One of my goals has been to grow the sport ofswimming and encourage kids to live healthy, activelives. Being involved with the YOG is a greatopportunity to inspire young people around the worldto participate in sport and meet and interact with kidsfrom many different countries and cultures. The YOGwill be a great lesson in sport and in life.What are you most looking forward to about beinga YOG Ambassador?I really enjoy working and interacting with children. I have learned a lot through my own Olympicexperiences and always appreciate the opportunity toshare them with as many kids as possible. Would you have liked to have had the chance tocompete in the YOG?Absolutely! One of the best parts of being an Olympianis that you are part of a movement that brings thewhole world together. You get to meet people from all over the world, travel to different cities and areexposed to so many new cultures. The participants in the YOG will gain important lessons and experiencesthat will help them later in their athletic career and in life.What advice would you give to the young athletescompeting in the Youth Olympic Games who hopeto one day emulate you as an Olympic champion?Have fun and enjoy each moment of the wholeexperience.At what age did you set your sights on becomingan Olympian?Growing up I always wanted to be an Olympian. At anearly age, I learned the importance of having bigdreams and reaching them by setting day-to-day goals and then working hard to meet those goals.  Who were your Olympic heroes when you were younger?I've always admired other athletes both in and out ofmy sport. When I started in swimming, I was a hugefan of Pablo Morales. Pablo was always very friendlywith fans and people in the swimming world. Outsideof swimming, Michael Jordan is one of my heroesbecause of his success on court and the way he hasgrown the sport of basketball. ?YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES34OLYMPIC REVIEW

Olympic Review asks record-breaking Olympian Michael Phelpswhy he choseto become a YOG Ambassador and what he's looking forward to about theinaugural Youth Olympic Games this summer"The YOG will be a great lesson in sport and in life"Michael PhelpsOlympic championYOG AMBASSADOROLYMPIC REVIEW35