What it Takes to Become an Olympic Athlete
August 5, 2021
August 5, 2021
We’re nearing the end of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, so what better place to turn to for healthy habits and workout tips than the Olympic village. In line with Tokyo’s pandemic protocols, the 2020 Olympic Games (confusingly named as organisers agreed to retain the same title since their postponement last March) have rules for the athletes to follow — from staying within their accommodation to daily testing — and, most notably, spectators have been banned.
The lack of sightseeing or cheering crowds threatened to allow the pandemic to overshadow the Olympics but, with millions of people tuning into coverage on TV and athletes making time to film behind-the-scenes on TikTok, it’s still been possible to follow both the medal table and the inspirational athletes. Join us for a roundup of the current Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games medal count, motivational stories from top athletes, and Olympian tips you can use to train.
Which country will win the most gold medals at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games?
The top three spots on the medal table look to be secured by China, the USA, and Japan, but below that Australia (poised for one of its biggest medal hauls ever), ROC (Russian Olympic Committee), and Great Britain are hot on one another’s heels. Team GB has found success in the debut of the triathlon mixed relay, though a dramatic second day of track cycling at the Izu Velodrome saw the snap retirement of Ed Clancy after 20 years and team GB losing the Olympic men’s pursuit title they have held since 2008. Whichever sports, athletes, and countries you’re supporting, there are still many medals to be decided at what is proving to be one of the most unpredictable Summer Olympics in recent memory.
Success Stories, Laughs, & Motivation Shared by Athletes
Crowds may be banned from watching the Olympics this year but, as the IOC has allowed athletes to use social media during the Games for the first time, we’ve been enjoying behind-the-scenes coverage from the stars themselves on TikTok. Videos of training, talent, and dedication aside, the world’s greatest athletes jumping on their beds after rumours swirled the bedframes were made of cardboard to prevent Olympians from having sex and breaking pandemic protocol has become a viral trend. Jokes aside, it’s also been a great way of combatting the eerily empty Games by creating a dialogue with millions of spectators. Thanks to Ilona Maher (who has amassed over 24 million likes on TikTok), a spotlight has been shone on women’s rugby and she’s shared her experiences to inspire and motivate the players of the future.
Unexpected success stories can be found in every category at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Charlotte Worthington left a successful career as a chef in Manchester to pursue BMX and pulled off a gravity-defying backflip (that had never been seen before at an Olympic Games) to win a gold medal. When she was working as a chef, BMX wasn’t in the Olympics, but its inclusion for the first time this year allowed Worthington to shine on the most famous sporting stage.
Olympian Tips for Your Fitness Journey
All sports require a unique and dedicated training schedule so, if you aren’t looking to follow in the strokes of an Olympic swimmer by waking at 6:30 am and going to bed at 10 pm with only 1 1/2 hours a day not dedicated to training, there are still some tips we can all follow.
- You don’t have to be naturally gifted to improve in the sport or workout of your choice. Simply build the time and intensity each week, and let the results speak for themselves.
Nutrition & Rest
- These play into everybody’s schedule — from gold medallist to gym newbie — as, regardless of how much time you spend exercising, if you’re tired and your diet is lacking you won’t see the results you crave.
Friends & Family
- Having people cheering you on will keep you motivated: whether a stadium full, virtually or your two best friends.
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The DareBear Team