Follow the athletes on the road to Rio 2016 thanks to the IOC Hub
Thanks to the newly revamped IOC Olympic Athletes’ Hub, you can keep tabs on the stars, find out how their preparations for Rio 2016 are going and share in their many highs and occasional lows. Join us as we show you what the Hub has to offer.
Boy joy for Phelps
Having come out of retirement in a bid to add to a medal collection that has already made him the most decorated Olympian of all time, father-to-be Michael Phelps has just announced some exciting news on Instagram. “It looks like we’re having a boy,” ran the caption beside a photo of the swimming legend and his partner Nicole Johnson.
Usain Bolt: Working on it
Working to secure the legacy
Drawing on the energy of the fans, Bolt echoed two words made popular by Bob Marley.
Gabrielle Douglas: Mutual inspiration
One of the sensations of the artistic gymnastics competition at London 2012, where she won team and individual gold, Gabrielle “Gabby” Douglas will be spearheading the USA’s bid for more gymnastics gold at Rio 2016.
The double Olympic champion has posted a video of her stunning routine on the balance beam at the American Cup, and commented: “It's so awesome when we can inspire each other as we are pursuing our dreams.”
Keeping a very close eye on the calendar, Gabby posted on 5 February that there were only six months to go before the start of the Rio Games. “I’m so excited!” she wrote.
A Federer newsflash
A men’s doubles gold medallist with Stanislas Wawrinka at Beijing 2008, where he carried the Swiss flag at the Opening Ceremony, and a runner-up in the men’s singles at London 2012,
Roger Federer is regarded as one of the greatest tennis players of all time. The Swiss star picked up a knee injury in the semi-finals of the Australian Open at the end of January, though his fans need have no fears about him not making it to Rio.
Announcing that his recovery is coming along nicely, Federer has posted a video to prove the point, though he is in no rush to make his comeback just yet. “It’s a long year,” he explained.
Three-time Olympic track cycling champion Jason Kenny has been in relatively modest form since winning team and individual sprint gold at London 2012. With just five months to go before Rio 2016, however, the British rider has hit top form again, beating Australia’s Matthew Glaetzer in the individual sprint final at the 2016 UCI Track Cycling World Championships, held on the very track where he powered to his golden double. Savouring the moment, Kenny tweeted: “Really special day today”.
Really special day today in the velodrome, thanks for all the support! WORLD SPRINT CHAMPION!! 👊👊— Jason Kenny (@JasonKenny107) March 6, 2016
Maris Strombergs: The magic number
BMX’s one and only men’s Olympic champion, having won the two gold medals awarded since the sport made its debut on the programme at Beijing 2008, Latvia’s Maris Strombergs is intent on completing a hat-trick in Rio. In his latest Facebook post, he explains why he wears No81 on his bib.
Teddy Riner: “Merci maman!”
Reigning Olympic judo heavyweight champion and seven-time world champion Teddy Riner is bidding to make history by retaining his title in Brazil. The Frenchman has taken time out from his busy training schedule to appear in the “Merci Maman!” (“Thanks Mum”) campaign run by IOC Top Partner Procter & Gamble.
Make no mistake, Riner will be giving it his all on the road to Rio.