Home workouts, healthy breakfasts, and uplifting stories - 30 March updates from athletes in isolation

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. 

By ZK Goh ·

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 Central European Summer Time (UTC +2 hours)

7:30 pm – Pita's workout

Thanks for joining us today.

We'll be back tomorrow with more updates.

We leave you with Pita Taufatofua's Olympic Channel home workout from today.

6:28 pm – Classic Finals

Don't forget, you can watch our Classic Finals Channel on olympicchannel.com all week.

Find the latest schedule here.

5:45 pm – Musical Leverdez

Eric Radford isn't the only musical athlete we're featuring today.

Here's French badminton player Brice Leverdez trying – and we emphasise the trying – to play the guitar.

At least he's got time to work on his skills.

4:46 pm – Indoor solo fencing

Olympic silver medallist Rossella Fiamingo of Italy is stuck indoors like everyone else, but has managed to organise a pretty nifty training set-up to continue honing her craft despite not having a sparring opponent.

4:20 pm – Talented Radford

Here's some music from Olympic team figure skating champion Eric Radford to brighten up your day.

Talented on the ice and on the piano.

4:00 pm – Table tennis indoors

Four-time Paralympic table tennis medallist Peter Rosenmeier of Denmark has been having a little fun with his indoor table tennis training, featuring a piece of his Rio 2016 hardware along the way!

3:50 pm – Nadal: "You have to stay active"

Here's Rafael Nadal, training from the confines of home.

"We continue at home. You have to stay active," his tweet translates.

3:35 pm – Listen to Cristiano

3:15 pm – Swim racing continues… at home

Here's NBC commentators Dan Hicks and Rowdy Gaines commentating on a swim meet.

Don't worry, it's a meet of one, in a backyard.

An impressive swim, I have to say!

2:35 pm – Teddy Riner takes on the toilet paper challenge

Here's French Olympic champion judoka Teddy Riner with his take on the #ToiletPaperChallenge.

2:05 pm – New Tokyo 2020 dates confirmed

It has been announced that the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will now be held from 23 July–8 August 2021, and the Paralympic Games from 24 August–5 September 2021.

1:20 pm – Home circuit

Australian athlete Michelle Jenneke joins the home workout party. Here's her suggested routine.

12:50 pm – Join Pita Taufatofua for his daily home workout!

Tonga's Pita Taufatofua takes over our Instagram stories live in 10 minutes to deliver his latest home workout. Don't miss it!

12:21 pm – House chores

Here's Indian boxer MC Mary Kom reminding us that even athletes have house chores to do.

12:02 pm – Para table tennis star on the medical frontlines

Double Paralympic silver medallist Kim Daybell of Great Britain, who has been working as a junior doctor for the United Kingdom's National Health Service, is on the front-lines of the fight against Covid-19.

"I want to try and help as best I can and it is quite nice to be able to do that," he said.

11:36 am – Clothes rack tennis

When you don't have a tennis net at home but still want to keep your game in top form, take a leaf out of Fabio Fognini's book and use a clothes rack!

11:12 am – No diving? No problem

British Swimming, the governing body for diving in Great Britain, is making up for the lack of action with this creative "Stay Home Diving Series"…

10:54 am – Garden games

Bobsledders need power on push-off.

New Zealand's William Guest is making the most of his garden – and lawnmower – to practice his starts.

10:30 am – Home workout inspiration

Need some tips on how to keep your glutes strong at home?

Diver Rommel Pacheco has some advice.

10:12 am – Rio 2016 gymnast donates to relief fund

Dipa Karmakar, a Rio 2016 Olympian and India's first female Olympic gymnast, has donated 30,000 Indian rupees to her state's relief fund in Tripura.

That's equivalent to roughly U.S. $400.

Dipa Karmakar: My Rio Highlights

The best moments from the 2016 Summer Olympic Games

9:55 am – Healthy breakfast to start the day

Good morning as we start a brand new week of inspiration, funny moments, and uplifting bits of motivation from athletes (and yourselves) in home isolation.

We're heading first to Spain's three-time Olympic medallist basketballer Rudy Fernandez, responding to a "healthy breakfast challenge" from national team-mate Pau Gasol.

Why not try this recipe out for yourselves?