NANJING, China - The second Youth Olympics concluded in Nanjing on Thursday after a spectacular closing ceremony and a glowing endorsement from the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Around 2,000 performers were involved in the ceremony, which was attended by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and the IOC president Thomas Bach.
The sporting competition, which began two weeks ago and involved almost 4,000 athletes aged between 14 and 18, had ended on Wednesday with the host-nation finishing as the most successful country with 38 golds, although the IOC did not keep official medals tables.
Chinese swimmer Shen Duo was the most successful athlete of the Games, winning six golds.
The Games broke records for participants, attendances and social media interaction and featured athletes expected to graduate to the Summer Olympics in the years to come.
"You have given us a glimpse of your bright future and the bright future of the Olympic movement," Bach said in his speech at the closing ceremony.
He also praised China's hosting of the Games, describing them as "perfectly flawless".
"The Organising Committee has set a great example for sustainable organisation by making use of a legacy and by leaving another great legacy to the people," Bach said.
"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."
The Youth Olympics were first held in Singapore in 2010.
The first Winter Youth Games were staged two years later, in Innsbruck.
The next Winter Games will be in Lillehammer in 2016 before the next Summer Games in Buenos Aires in 2018.
The 2nd Youth Olympics concluded in Nanjing on Thursday after a spectacular closing ceremony.
Around 2,000 performers were involved in the ceremony.
It was attended by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and IOC president Thomas Bach.
The sporting competition began 2 weeks ago and involved almost 4,000 athletes aged 14-18.
The host-nation finished as the most successful country with 38 golds.
The IOC did not keep official medals tables.
The Games broke records for participants, attendances and social media interaction.
The Youth Olympics were first held in Singapore in 2010.
Shooter Martina Lindsay Veloso won Singapore's first medal at the YOG, when she claimed the silver in the girls' 10m air rifle event.
Martina's score of 207.2 was just behind Switzerland’s Sarah Hornung’s winning effort of 207.8.
Shooter Martina Lindsay Veloso, who will be taking part in the girls' 10m air rifle event.
Diver Jonathan Chan, 17, will be competing in the 10m individual platform at the Nanjing YOG.
His YOG target is to finish among the top 10 in his discipline.
The Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) athlete says that he will make a post on Facebook and Instagram if her wins his event.
Swimmer Dylan Khoo Long Hai, 15, is taking part in the 100m and 200m butterfly at the 2014 YOG.
His targets are to achieve a timing of 55.99 sec for the 100m race and 2 min 1 sec for the 200m.
Nadine Joy Nathan, 15, will be participating in the artistic gymnastics competition in the Nanjing YOG.
Her target in the YOG is to hopefully win a medal, and she says she is looking forward to meeting and getting to know other athletes from all over the world.
The Raffles Girls' School student favourite hobbies are craft activities and readings.
Sailors Samantha Yom and Bernie Chin, who will both be representing Singapore in the sailing competition at the YOG.
Sailor Samantha Yom Jing Yi, 15, will be taking part in the Byte CII competition.
The Raffles Girls' School student said she hopes to finish among the top five in her event.
Bernie Chin, 15, will also be competing in the Byte CII, and hopes to finish in the top three in his event.
The Raffles Institution student says that if he wins, he will call and inform his parents, then buy an ice cream cone and a slice of chocolate cake to reward himself.
Windsurfer Ynez Lim Si Ying, 15, will be competing in the Techno 293 competition in Nanjing.
She is a student at St Anthony's Canossian Secondary School.
Group photo of Team Singapore at the Nanjing YOG.
The opening ceremony of the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games was a spectacular show, but a volunteer who led out the Chinese athletes caught the eye of netizens for her beauty.
Pu Xiqing was chosen from among twenty candidates to be the hostess for the Chinese delegation at the opening ceremony.
To fulfill her role, she had to train between 8 to 9 hours a day for several weeks.
Since the opening ceremony, Xiqing has created a buzz on the internet,with many netizens sharing pictures of the beautiful volunteer.
Here, Xiqing poses for a photograph with China's flag-bearer, basketball player Dilixiati Dilana.
Australia's Brittany Dutton won the first gold medal of the Nanjing 2014 YOG in the women's triathlon.
Volunteers dresses as the official mascot perform a dance.
Competitors dive into the water at the start of the men's triathlon.
Ukraine's Mykhailo Romanchuk celebrates after winning the men's 400m Freestyle final.
Russia's Aleksandr Sadovnikov swims in a Men's 100m Butterfly semifinal.
Russia's Ivan Ilin (R) and South Korea's Kim Dong-ju compete during the final of the men's sabre individual event.
Wushu fighters perform during a show at the Sports Lab of the 2014 Youth Olympic Games.
Students of Shaolin Tagou Martial Arts School are suspended in mid-air in stunt performance during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games om August 16.
The Olympic cauldron burns during the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games opening ceremony, in Nanjing, Jiangsu province on August 16.
Performers dance in the rain during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympics on August 16.
A participant introduces the Great Britain athletes during the parade at the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games opening ceremony.
The Japan flag is held as their athletes march out during the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games opening ceremony.
A participant introduces the athletes from the United States of America during the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympics opening ceremony.
Students of the Shaolin Tagou Martial Arts School participate in a rehearsal for a stunt performance, which is part of the opening ceremony of the 2014 Nanjing Summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG)
A total of 520 students from the school took part in the performance, which is named "building the dream"
It will be performed during the opening ceremony of the Nanjing YOG on August 16.
The 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games is the second summer Youth Olympics, and will be held from Aug 16-28.
The slogan for this year's YOG is "Share the Games, Share our Dreams".
More than 3,700 young athletes, aged 15 to 18, are expected to participate in the Youth Olympics.
Chinese badminton player and two-time Olympic gold medalist Lin Dan carrying the torch during the 2014 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) torch relay in Nanjing, China on August 8.
Zhong Yuting (C), a student from No. 5 Middle School in Nanjing, bearing the torch during the 2014 YOG torch relay in Nanjing.