Athletes inspire half a billion people to #StayActive on Olympic Day
Athletes and fans came together across five continents and 20 time zones on Olympic Day 2020, 23 June, with an innovative, global 24-hour digital workout. Over 140 of you from 47 sports disciplines took part in both live workouts and a special edition Olympic Day video showcasing a range of moves to challenge all abilities.
- Olympic champions, sporting legends, Tokyo 2020 hopefuls and members of the IOC Refugee Olympic Team came together on 23 June to get people active.
- There was plenty for fans of all ages and all abilities to try, including headstands with US gymnast Kyla Ross and meditation with Indian badminton star PV Sindhu.
- Thank you to those of you who participated! You can relive the workout and get some great exercise tips here.
From squats with Canadian Olympic ice hockey champion Natalie Spooner to headstands with USA gold medallist gymnast Kyla Ross, all the activities created worldwide dialogue and excitement. The @Instagram account shared the Olympic Day activity with its community of 428 million followers, while 14.5 million people interacted with inspiring Olympic Day content across all Olympic social media handles.
“Continue training, do not give up; the Olympic dream is coming,” said boxer Wessam Salamana, who hopes to be part of the IOC Refugee Olympic Team at Tokyo 2020. Additionally, 12 Refugee Athlete Scholarship-Holders held an inspiring workout at the refugee camp in Kakuma, Kenya, where they are currently pursuing their training against all the odds, sending a powerful message of hope and resilience to the world.
Tonga’s summer and winter Olympian Pita Taufatofua started the global digital workout from his homeland in the South Pacific. The workout then travelled across all the time zones all the way to Honolulu, where it ended many sweat-filled hours later with USA decathlon champion Bryan Clay.
India’s Rio 2016 women’s badminton silver medallist PV Sindhu introduced fans to daily meditation, and reigning men’s Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge – who also participated in an Athlete365 webinar in May – encouraged followers not to believe in limits.
“Olympic Day is to bring us all together; it unites all of us in the spirit of sport. It’s about unity,” said Mikel Thomas, a three-time Olympic hurdler from Trinidad and Tobago as he completed his epic 40-minute live workout. “It’s a good opportunity for everyone to just build yourself, keep growing and get better; and we will get better, because that’s the whole point!”
Thank you to those of you who participated! You can relive the workout and get some great exercise tips here.