Join the Airbnb Olympic and Paralympic Summer Festival
With the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 postponed until 2021, the IOC, the IPC and Airbnb are bringing the spirit of the Olympic and Paralympics online with a curated programme of activities by athletes for the first time in history – and you’re invited.
- Bookings for the five-day event opened on 22 July, with more than 100 Olympian and Paralympian Experiences offered by Naomi Osaka, Allyson Felix, Tony Hawk and many others.
- Proceeds will provide valuable income to the athlete hosts, while the WOA are also offering 100 free spots for Olympians to join the Experiences and learn from them.
- You too can earn money by setting up your own Experience with support from Airbnb and Athlete365.
The IOC, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and Airbnb are launching a five-day summer festival featuring more than 100 Olympian and Paralympian Experience hosted virtually by some of the world’s best athletes, from Grand Slam tennis champion Naomi Osaka to Olympic athletics great Allyson Felix and skateboarding icon Tony Hawk. The festival of Olympian and Paralympian Online Experiences will kick off on 24 July, when Tokyo 2020 was originally scheduled to begin, and is an opportunity for athletes to generate income while they share their passion for the Olympic and Paralympic Games and their sport with guests.
Throughout the five days of programming across multiple time zones, the line-up will showcase a variety of interactive Online Experiences, which guests can book on Airbnb from 22 July. Spectators can also watch select Online Experiences live or on replay on the Airbnb, Olympic and Paralympic YouTube channels, starting with a special opening act on 24 July.
While many hosts will continue to offer their activities after the event ends, from trigger point therapy with Pauls Pujats to life lessons with Lauren Gibbs, several will be once-in-a-lifetime Online Experiences, including the following highlights:
25 July: Build resilience to overcome obstacles with Yusra Mardini (swimming, IOC Refugee Olympic Team); learn about returning to sport after motherhood with Allyson Felix (athletics, USA); work up a sweat in an inclusive session with Tatyana McFadden (athletics, USA).
26 July: Join a scenic training ride with Jonny Brownlee (triathlon, Great Britain); discover velodrome secrets with Elia Viviani (track cycling, Italy); master perseverance with Pita Taufatofua (taekwondo and cross-country skiing, Tonga).
27 July: Cook up a storm with legend Colin Jackson (athletics, Great Britain); chat mind, body and spirit with Jackie Joyner-Kersee (athletics, USA); push through boundaries and level up in life with Meb Keflezighi (marathon, USA); get vulnerable to unlock greatness with Kerri Walsh Jennings (beach volleyball, USA); Zumba beachside in paradise with Tom Hintnaus (athletics, Brazil).
28 July: Get a glimpse into quarantine training with two-time Grand Slam-winning Naomi Osaka (tennis, Japan); run, breathe and connect with sprinter Zhenye Xie (athletics, China); learn a Grand Slam-inspired training regime with Sania Mirza (tennis, India).
29 July: Fall in love with sneaker culture with Rui Hachimura (basketball, Japan); get up close and personal at home with Jordy Smith (surfing, South Africa); see beyond the boundaries of vision with blind champion Lex Gillette (athletics, USA); get a skating demonstration from Tony Hawk (skateboarding, USA).
How can I get involved?
The festival is giving fans unprecedented global access to connect with athletes from over 20 countries and regions, all from the comfort of their homes, with the proceeds going to the athletes and their pursuit of their Olympic or Paralympic dream.
If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, why not join a couple of sessions and see what other athletes are offering? If the session you’re interested in is already sold out, then check out the schedule to see if it’s being streamed live on the Airbnb, Olympic and Paralympic YouTube channels. And if you’re already an Olympian, the World Olympians Association (WOA) are offering 100 free spots so that you can get a free seat at any of the exciting festival events and take notes from the hosts.
Then, you can set up your own Airbnb Experience – and your own income stream – with support from Athlete365 every step of the way.