- 23 Jun 2014
- IOC News
So how are you getting active this Olympic Day?
On this date back in 1894, the modern Olympic Games were born. To celebrate the occasion, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) encourages everyone, everywhere, on or around 23 June – Olympic Day – to get active.
So without further ado, drop and give us 10!
There, that wasn’t so difficult, was it?
With those 10 push-ups, you have just joined millions of others around the world in taking part in some sort of physical activity this Olympic Day, including Olympic champions Michael Phelps, Usain Bolt and Lindsey Vonn.
As part of the IOC’s Get Active! Campaign, Phelps, Bolt, Vonn and a slew of other Olympians have joined us in our efforts to entice people off the sofa and on to the field of play. And this Olympic Day, we’ve been asking people to try something – anything – new. Variety is the spice of life, after all.
Swimmer Phelps took the plunge - into the pool as usual, but unusually decided to swim backwards. Runner Bolt played cricket. Skier Vonn took to the tennis court. Sochi 2014 half-pipe champ Iouri Podladtchikov hopped on his skateboard, and gold medallist hammer thrower Koji Murofushi took a few swings with his golf club. You can see them in all their glory here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h33epKwqMhc.
So what are you going to do next? Let us know by posting photos of yourselves in action using the hashtag #olympicday.
Last year, our cross-platform campaign touched some 400 million people in one way or another. With your help we hope to surpass that number this year. To see how others are getting active this Olympic Day, check out our world map at www.olympic.org/olympicday, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
Inspired? Good! Now stop reading and get active!