I’ve always been a fan of the Olympics: I love seeing how insanely talented athletes are and watching records get broken with every four years (or rather five, in this case) that passes. I love watching it with my family, and seeing the spirit of the nation rise with every medal that’s achieved. What I’ve particularly enjoyed this year is watching some of the Olympians share their experience on social media, whether that’s giving some behind the scenes looks at the Olympic Village, or the training they do whilst they’re there. If you, just like me, are curious at what makes the show go on in Tokyo, read on to see my favourite clips and pages for you to watch and follow along to this year.
(And yes, before we go on, that is a Wimbledon picture you see, but clearly, I’m not in Tokyo at the moment.)
This is really the post that inspired this blog post: with a pandemic in the mix, this year’s Olympics was bound to be different. This is really as ‘behind the scenes’ as we can get, with Jazmin giving us a tour of the COVID measures in place. To be honest, I was surprised at just how strict it is, but also glad that safety is being taken seriously. She also has a reel on her page of her initial travel day to the Olympics, but this first reel was unlike the other content I’ve seen from the Olympics thus far.
The GB hero that is Tom Daley is back with some quality Instagram content: here, he’s provided us with a 1 minute tour of the Olympic Village where we actually get to see inside of the rooms, as well as see a test of the infamous cardboard beds! He’s also posted some training videos, some Team GB snaps, and pictures of that almighty gold medal. He’s also updating his Youtube channel while he’s out there, so check that out for more!
Australia’s Jessica Fox has been updating her Instagram with everything from a Village tour, to medal-winning moments. She perhaps got more attention for her Tiktok repairing her kayak using an Olympic-issued condom (linked below), which gave everyone a bit of a laugh on social media. Jessica also has a ‘Tokyo BTS’ highlight reel on Instagram, as well as a Q&A on her stories (catch it before it’s too late!) for more information and things you may not have known about the Olympics. She sometimes also reposts her TikToks on her stories (great for non-TikTok users like me), which are just as enjoyable to watch.
This training video made me want to get up and work out consistently so I can do what she’s doing (I know she’s an athlete and it’s difficult, but it was so motivating (I say as I still haven’t worked out and I’m typing this blog post – maybe tomorrow)). Nafi also has ‘Tokyo’ highlight reel on her Instagram so you can keep up with her Tokyo adventures.
The Olympics Official Instagram Page
This may be a given, however the Olympics on Instagram is the best place to find all the need-to-know information, from the day’s winners, to athletes pre-Olympics versus now comparisons, to emotional moments during the games. As well as reposting the athlete’s Instagram stories and featuring a ‘story of the day’ on their own stories, they’ve also been posting some behind the games interviews, with the likes of Simone Biles (as above), who has been at the forefront for her prioritising of mental health. Their page is definitely worth following for a full debrief of each Olympic day.
Bonus: Nile Wilson
This is more of a bonus addition as Nile Wilson actually retired from competitive gymnastics at the beginning of this year following some health problems. However, Nile actually competed in the Rio Olympics as well as multiple World Championships and Commonwealth Games. This year, he has been challenged by the National Lottery to attempt multiple Olympic sports over on his Youtube channel, hoping to inspire his viewers and show them sports they may have not watched before. I’ve been following Nile’s channel for years now, and find it highly entertaining and interesting from a non-gymnast point of view, to the point where I’ve found myself noticing certain elements in gymnastic routines that I may not have noticed before, like how difficult the move actually is, or that gymnastics isn’t ALL about the dismount.
I would love to know if you follow any fun athlete’s on social media, or if I’ve missed any interesting ‘behind the scenes’ clips. Thanks for reading this slightly out of topic post, and I’ll be back soon with another post!
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