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Youth Olympians reunited for first time in 12 years

Ava Lorein Verdeflor

Philippines Ava Lorein Verdeflor competes on the uneven bars during the qualification round of the artistic gymnastics competition at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, in eastern China’s Jiangsu province on August 18, 2014. More than 3,700 competitors aged 15 to 18 were expected to participate in the games, with many hoping to build towards a place at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)

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The Youth Olympics wouldn’t seem like a meeting place for long lost friends, given athletes are 18 and younger, but two women who last saw each other 12 years ago reunited in Nanjing.

Filipino gymnast Ava Lorein Verdeflor and Singapore shooter Martina Lindsay Veloso were separated from their play dates when Verdeflor’s family moved from Singapore when she was 3 years old, according to Olympic.org.

Verdeflor, now 15 and living near Dallas, and Veloso, now 14, knew that each other had qualified to compete in Nanjing, as their families still kept in touch. They finally reconnected in a dining hall.

“I think I saw her [one day], but I wasn’t really sure it was her and I would feel embarrassed if I approached the wrong person,” Veloso said, according to the report. “We were just talking about the last time [we were together] and whether either of us could remember anything. But unfortunately we couldn’t.”

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