Quarantine updates 26 March: Athletes on the medical frontlines, Joseph Parker does his best Hugh Grant impression, and more

With many of us staying home, we're sharing inspiring and emotional moments to help us all stay safe and cope with these challenging times. 

Friendship, excellence, and respect are the three core Olympic values, and we have been touched by the way the sports world has responded to these challenging times.

And not just Olympians either.

The Olympic family as a whole, and that's all of us, has come up with brilliant ways to help and lift each other up.

Here's a collection of tweets, posts, memes, gifs, gags, and messages that have brought us inspiration and motivation - and made us smile!

We want this to be as interactive as possible so please comment, say hi, tell us how you're doing and send ideas, stories, and your own inspirations on Instagram or Twitter.

All times below are GMT/UTC.

6:30 pm – Good evening and stay safe

These are difficult times for everyone but thank you for joining us today. Hopefully we've been able to provide you with uplifting moments and inspiration.

Stay safe, stay indoors, and we'll be back with you tomorrow for more emotional and inspiring updates from around sport.

6:10 pm – "Everything will be fine"

So says Olympic champion Federica Pellegrini. She's been keeping her mood up by painting.

Better than my arts skills, that's for sure!

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#andràtuttobene🌈

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5:42 pm – Puppy love

Awwww. Wilma Jean Wrinkles, the bulldog belonging to U.S. women's soccer player Rose Lavelle, may have just stolen our hearts this evening.

5:15 pm – Atlético Madrid women's player joins medical fight

Another athlete to tell you about is Silvia Meseguer, the second captain for the Atlético Madrid women's football team in Spain.

She is a medical student in her final year, and has volunteered her services as a health worker in the Spanish capital's temporary hospital for Covid-19 patients.

Olympic Channel spoke to her last year.

Meet the Spain star who gave up international football to become a doctor

Meet the Spain star who gave up international football to become a doctor

5:07 pm – Olympic champion doctor helps in fight against pandemic

Olympic champion Paula Pareto of Argentina, who won under-48 kg judo bronze in Beijing and gold in Rio, has returned to her job as an orthopaedic surgeon after serving out a mandatory isolation.

She wrote on Instagram: "Even though us orthopaedic doctors are not directly on the battle front-lines, we are equally part of the health team that faces this pandemic before anyone else and we will help where necessary."

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"Somos dueños de nuestro destino, la tarea que se nos ha impuesto no es superior a nuestras fuerzas, sus acometidas no estan por encima de lo que soy capaz de soportar. Mientras tengamos Fé en nuestra causa y una indeclinable voluntad de vencer, la victoria estará a nuestro alcance". Churchill. Me parecio muy adecuada para el momento que estamos viviendo, por eso se los comparto y tambien me lo recuerdo hoy por dos cosas: 🥋 Por un lado es oficial que los Juegos Olimpicos se postergan, decicion muy adecuada tomando la salud de todos como el unico foco a concentrarnos. 😷 Por otro lado, ya cumplida mi cuarentena, vuelvo a trabajar de lo que elegí, y de lo que volveria a elegir siempre 🙂 . Si bien los médicos traumatologos no estamos hoy en el frente de batalla directo, somos igual parte del equipo de salud que enfrenta antes que nadie a esta pandemia y que ayudaremos a donde sea necesario. 🏥🌎 A la batalla una vez mas, algunos desde su casa, nosotros en un hospital, pero siempre unidos en equipo por la misma causa. Nosotros podemos! 🤜🤛🇦🇷 #HayEquipo 💪 #QuedateEnCasa 🏡 #pandemia 🧫

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4:49 pm – Get in touch!

Over on Twitter, we're asking: who is the first athlete that comes to mind when you see the U.S. Olympic outfit?

Let us know @olympicchannel.

For me, it's hard to look past Simone Biles and Michael Phelps, who both dominated at Rio 2016.

4:27 pm – Re-live the Rio 2016 artistic swimming final

4:01 pm – Couple goals

When you're stuck indoors in quarantine in Italy, but you're a professional volleyball player, what can you do?

Luckily for Monica De Gennaro-Santarelli, her coach at Imoco Conegliano is also her husband.

"When you miss playing but you're lucky enough to have your husband with you," her caption translates as.

Couple goals.

3:45 pm – Szocs siblings sticking it out together

Table tennis is one of those sports that can be practised nearly anywhere.

Which is just as well, given the challenging times we're in.

Bernadette Szocs, Romania's world number 26, is lucky to have older brother and fellow national team player Hunor Szocs to train with.

And the siblings have an important message.

3:25 pm – Golf champion giveaway

Olympic golf champion Justin Rose is trying to keep his followers' spirits up by giving away some Team GB gear.

All you have to do is tell him what your favourite Olympic moment has been. Go!

2:40 pm – Is Britney the new fastest human?

Like everyone else, Britney Spears is working out at home.

But we don't think even the music superstar is faster than Usain Bolt.

Perhaps she was on a treadmill. Over to you, Usain.

1:55 pm – Workout like a karate champion

Here's world champion Sandra Sánchez of Spain sharing her tips for working out at home.

1:00 pm – You're never too old to stay active

Just do it indoors at the moment!

Here's 85-year-old grandmother Flo Meiler in our original series Body+, who picked up pole vaulting aged 65.

12:22 pm – Courtney's core

I've got to admit, I would not be able to do this, probably.

Mountain bike world champion from 2018 Kate Courtney shows off her core strength with this home workout.

While you're here, why not check out our original series Level Up! where we asked Kate to rate mountain bike home videos?

Take a look below.

12:03 pm – Help others stay healthy

Remember dabbing?

Yeah, that trend form a few years ago? Some people would rather it stay in the past, but now more than ever it's important to remember to cough or sneeze into your elbow. Just like dabbing.

11:25 am – MLB star sends special messages

Major League Baseball's National League Rookie of the Year Pete Alonso of the New York Mets recorded special messages to frontline healthcare workers fighting coronavirus in the United States, and just look at the reactions of the doctors and nurses!

Here's that heartwarming video.

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A special message from @polarpete20. 🙌

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11:00 am – Join Pita Taufatofua live!

Over on the Olympic Channel Instagram account now, two-time Olympian Pita Taufatofua is taking over our Instagram live to bring you the third of his daily 10-minute workouts this week.

Update (2:35 pm): If you missed it, you can check it out below too.

10:50 am – Toilet paper time trial

You've probably seen the #toiletpaperchallenge on social media by now – people doing keepy-ups with rolls of toilet paper.

But UCI WorldTour cycling team CCC Team have found a way to up that.

Like many other cyclists, Valter Attila has been practicing on a mounted time trial bike at home. Here's his twist on the toilet paper challenge.

How many can you stack up?

10:35 am – Olympic Ceremonies, all day

Don't forget, on the Olympic Channel you can watch a wide range of our Original Series, as well as our Olympic Ceremonies Channel!

10:05 am – Watch out, Hugh Grant!

Remember Hugh Grant's dance in the classic Love Actually?

Well, professional boxer (and Singapore 2010 Summer Youth Olympic Games silver medallist) Joseph Parker of New Zealand reckons he might attempt his best impression.

Hugh Grant who?

9:35 am – "Go forward"

Another day dawns in Europe. We hope you're keeping safe at home or if you're an essential frontline worker, thank you.

We'll be here throughout the day keeping you company with updates from athletes worldwide as everyone adapts to this new normal.

Let's start off on a healthy note, with Somali boxer Ramla Ali showing off her home workout.

Her message?

"No matter what, go forward."

Inspirational words.

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