Tokyo 2020: Crew GB given star-studded homecoming


Jason and Laura Kenny

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Crew GB athletes have been given an official homecoming – and an opportunity to point out off their medals – with a star-studded live performance at Wembley.

Olympic champions together with Tom Daley and diving accomplice Matty Lee, gymnast Max Whitlock and cyclists Jason and Laura Kenny had been entertained by musicians together with Nile Rodgers, Laura Mvula and Anne-Marie.

It was the primary time the Tokyo 2020 athletes had an opportunity to have fun collectively, as coronavirus restrictions meant they needed to fly residence inside two days of competing.

Laura Kenny, GB’s most profitable feminine athlete who gained the madison occasion with Katie Archibald, stated: “It is truly very nice to be residence. If you’re on the market, you are in such a little bit bubble that you do not actually know what the sensation is [going to be] if you get again.”

To return again to such a homecoming was “an unbelievable buzz”, she stated.

Her husband Jason stated: “The largest problem is popping out of Olympic preparation and that bubble the place every thing is sorted – then impulsively, you get residence and and it’s a must to take into consideration ‘what are we going to have for tea?'”

He stated it had felt like “a very long time away from everybody, particularly from our little boy, so it was actually particular to come back residence and be reunited”.

Team GB at the homecoming event

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Joe Fraser, Alice Kinsella, Max Whitlock and Bryony Page

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Tom Daley, Matty Lee and Max Whitlock

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Charlotte Worthington, who gained gold in BMX freestyle park, stated she hoped her success would assist encourage a brand new technology.

She stated individuals had come as much as her telling her their kids had been eager to take up the game, including: “Folks need BMXs for Christmas now – so I actually hope they’re impressed.”

Weightlifter Emily Campbell, who gained a silver medal, stated she was additionally “actually glad” about for “what I might need finished for weightlifting sooner or later”.

And she or he stated that she had been recognised in public extra now, with somebody calling out: “there is a celeb in Morrisons!” when she was doing her groceries.

Emily Campbell

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Bethany Shriever and Charlotte Worthington

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Whitlock stated it was “superb to be again” and that he felt “massively grateful” to be on the occasion.

He has been having fun with spending time together with his household – together with daughter Willow who has already began going to fitness center courses herself. He stated he needed her to strive “a number of totally different sports activities so she will decide what she needs to do”.

Nile Rodgers and Laura Mvula

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Anne-Marie and the English National Ballet

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Rower Helen Glover stated being again residence, it “type of feels prefer it by no means occurred”.

“It was a giant actuality examine going residence and being mum once more – but it surely’s very nice to really feel that normality,” she stated.

Griff wearing a cardigan knitted by Tom Daley

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There was an viewers of 8,000 on the occasion, together with athletes’ kin and key employees in addition to Nationwide Lottery gamers who had gained tickets.

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