Olympic Athletes You Should Follow on TikTok for Behind-the-Scenes in Tokyo
Someone make Ilona Maher the mayor of the Olympic Village STAT.
NBC has done a good job keeping us entertained with 24/7 Olympics coverage—be it live streams, prime time rebroadcasts, and behind-the-scenes looks in Tokyo. But what happens when the day is done and athletes head back to their cardboard beds for a little R&R, you ask? Well, they hop on TikTok.
The globe's greatest competitors have taken to the video sharing platform to give viewers a little inside glimpse at life in the Olympic Village. Here's a handy list of some of the athletes you should be following.
Team USA rugby player and bucket hat enthusiast (she's been sporting a recognizable red, white, and blue tie dye version since arriving in the village), Ilona Maher, has been churning out a near-constant stream of content since arriving in Tokyo. Catch her food reviews, sponsored Ralph Lauren and Nike swag try-ons, and quest to find a "tall foreign demigod olympian," among plenty of other behind-the-scenes action.
Fellow Team USA rugby star Cody Melphy has been similarly documenting all the Olympic Village happenings. He even made a TikTok alongside Maher. The 28-year-old olympian is dishing on the dining hall, those infamous cardboard beds, and "things in the Olympic Village that just make sense."
British sprinter Laviai Nielsen has been keeping fans up to date on the self-isolation period prior to entering the Olympic Village and COVID-19 testing process while sprinkling in some timely content—like that In the Heights-inspired trend where Nielsen shared some real tea with her teammates. Any lip-readers out there?
Filipino swimmer Remedy Rule, aka @be.the.remedy, kicked off her Olympics content with a full tour of their village suite. In later videos, you can find her jumping on the cardboard bed, which seems to be a trend in its own right, and filming right from the Olympic pool—while in it.
Is it just a coincidence that rugby stars also happen to crush it on TikTok, because we're sensing a theme here. Team Great Britain olympian Abi Burton has got the perfect mix of sneak peaks (follow along for her first training day in Tokyo) and fun shenanigans (like her Madagascar dance with teammates).
Check back during the games for all of Thrillist’s continuing Olympics coverage. Think of us like an all-knowing friend watching along with you to answer all the most important questions, like how heavy Olympic medals are, or why this year’s games are still called the 2020 Olympics. We'll explain everything from what ROC means to why athletes are sleeping on cardboard beds, and much, much more.