The countdown to the opening ceremonies of the 2018 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) is dwindling as Buenos Aires, Argentina, prepares to host junior competitors representing 36 disciplines from across the globe. Though polo has not yet been reaccepted as an Olympic sport, the Youth Olympic Games serves to be an innovative platform in testing new disciplines. The Argentine Polo Association (AAP) put together a week-long program in conjunction with the Youth Olympic Games to showcase the sport of polo and provide a training opportunity for international junior polo players.
Four American junior players will experience what it is like to be an Olympic athlete first hand. Grayson Price, Grant Palmer, Winston Painter and Grace Mudra will participate in several practices, watch a high-goal match and visit the Olympic Village before playing in the Youth Olympic Games Polo Showcase on October 10, 2018.
The four participants are active in USPA junior programs including the National Youth Tournament Series (NYTS) and Interscholastic Polo Program. Grayson Price recently won the 2018 NYTS National Championship Cecil Smith Cup playing for the Central Zone in Denver, Colorado.
Home Club: Pecan Acres Polo Club, LLC, Simonton, Texas.
Home Club: Eldorado Polo Club, Indio, California.
Home Club: Gardnertown Polo Club, Newburgh, New York.
Home Club: Jackson Hole Polo Club, Jackson, Wyoming.
Several players attending the Youth Olympic Games received support from the Young Player Opportunity (YPO) Fund. The fund was created in April of 2018 by the USPA Junior Polo Committee to assist youth players seeking opportunities to improve in the sport of polo. The YPO Fund is intended to support youth players in training opportunities that will cultivate, develop and educate, 19 and under American Polo Players in an effort to enhance their playing ability at a young age.