At the 2016 Olympics in Rio, golf will be featured as an Olympic event for the first time in more than a hundred years. But first, the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing is including golf as one of 28 sports that will be played.
In support of the Youth Olympic Games' goal to place focus on more than just results and medal counts, ambassadors will be present to function as mentors for the 14-18 year-old athletes. Michelle Wie will join other select professional athletes, including 22-time Olympic medalist Michael Phelps, as an ambassador in Nanjing.
When it comes to being a successful junior golfer, Wie knows more than just about anyone else. She is the youngest person to have qualified for a USGA tournament -- a record she set when she was 10. And at 16, she turned professional.
Wie has struggled in 2013, but this announcement happens to come on the heels of Wie's T-3 finish at the LPGA KEB HanaBank Championship -- her first top 10 since June.