US Olympians Joke About Their Time-Off Activities After Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 09/01/2021, 12:44 PM EDT


After an eventful time at the Tokyo Olympics, Olympians joke about their time off before the coming season. Devon Allen, the American hurdler posted a prompt on his Twitter which started a series of hilarious tweets.

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The 26-year-old secured the 4th position in the 110m hurdles in Tokyo this year. In one of his recent competitions at the Diamond League held in Laussane, the American claimed the first position in the 110m hurdle. He avenged his loss at Tokyo by beating the gold medalist, H. Parchment. His timing of 13.07 was indeed much better than that of the Jamaican, who clocked 13.58 and came 8th.

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Recently, Allen posted a Tweet that grabbed other Olympians’ attention. The American’s tweet stated, “How much time off do y’all be taking off after the season?” A number of Olympians replied to his tweet, making jokes and taking it lightly. To begin with, Olympians like Grant Holloway, the silver medalist in 110m in hurdles, at Tokyo replied by saying that, “6 weeks but one of those weeks I’m working out the wine/bourbon I consumed.

Fred Kerley also had a very causal reaction to Allen’s question. The American, specialising in 400m and the silver medallist in 100m in Tokyo said, “Took a year in a couple month in 2019 first race back was 2021 paid off for me,” along with 4 laughing emojis. 

Other Olympians react

Dwight Phillips, an American former athlete and a four-time world champion in the long jump also joined the queue and replied, “6 weeks“. The 43-year-old announced his retirement after the 2013 World Athletics Championships, in Moscow, Phillips. Joining them, Jasmine Camacho-Quinn added, “Might be 8-12 weeks“. The American gold medalist in 110 hurdler, recently became the second Puerto Rican ever to win a gold medal while representing Puerto Rico.  

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Another track and field athlete sailing from America, Vernon Larnard Norwood added humour to the series of comments by mentioning Kerley and saying, “Ask @fkerley99 #History”. Vernon is an American track and field athlete who specializes in the 400 meters and thus looks up to his fellow American Kerley who recently recorded his personal best of 19.79 at Paris.

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Most certainly, the Olympians happen to have their own way of joking around about the duration of their “off-season”. But, let’s see who gets to make the most of this time to come back stronger and better.

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Divya Chaturvedi

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Divya Chaturvedi is an Olympic Athletics author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing her Under Graduate degree in Psychology from the University of Delhi. She's also an internationally recognized athlete, specializing in Shot Put and Discus, representing India at the International Children's Games held in Australia has been one of the biggest feats in her endeavor so far. Having participated in The Road to Wimbledon and representing the state several times, she bagged a number of titles for the same.

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