Updates from homes around the world - 3 April

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 Central European Summer Time (UTC +2 hours).

6:20 pm – How are YOU playing your part?

Thank you for joining us again today.

We'll be back with more updates from athletes and how they are coping in quarantine tomorrow.

Until then, we leave you with this question. We'd love to hear your answers.

5:51 pm – Cooking with kids

Olympic curler and Lausanne 2020 Athlete Role Model John Morris has been spending his time in home quarantine cooking with his young child for the world to see, thanks to Curling Canada deciding to stream it.

5:27 pm – More athlete help

Spanish-born Olympian, Omar Tayara, is contributing to the fight against Covid-19 in a slightly different way to others.

The Madrid triathlete, who represented his father's country of Syria at Beijing 2008, now owns a sportswear company.

He has decided to convert his business to manufacture personal protective equipment for health workers in Spain.

5:05 pm – Olympic champ Adams sets up home gym

Here's Olympic shot put champion Valerie Adams of New Zealand coping with her country's lockdown by working out in what appears to be a well-equipped home gym.

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Lockdown session Day 8

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4:38 pm – Neymar donates nearly U.S. $950,000 to virus fight

Paris SG and Brazil forward Neymar Jr., who scored the gold-medal-winning penalty kick for Brazil at Rio 2016, has been identified as the anonymous donor of 5 million Brazilian reais (nearly U.S. $950,000) to UNICEF and a solidarity fund based in Brazil.

4:12 pm – Craviotto returns to police force

Spain's flagbearer for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Saúl Craviotto, has asked to return to the police force during the ongoing coronavirus state of emergency in the country.

The Olympic champion canoeist, who is also the champion of Spanish cooking show MasterChef, had left the National Police in the province of Asturias to focus on his training.

But, with his training disrupted by the ongoing pandemic, he has opted to return to help in the fight against the virus.

Before the crisis, Craviotto, who is also the champion of Spanish cooking show MasterChef, spoke to the Olympic Channel about his double life as an athlete and a cook.

Saul Craviotto makes sure he enjoys life to the full

Saul Craviotto makes sure he enjoys life to the full

3:51 pm – Ski weights

Back to Kazakhstan now, and freestyle skier Zhanbota Aldabergenova.

It's the off-season and everyone's indoors. What to do?

Well, use your skis as weights in workouts, of course.

3:25 pm – Pet-friendly dancing

If you're suffering from a bit of cabin fever from having been stuck indoors, be assured you're not alone.

New York Rangers ice hockey goalie and Olympic champion Igor Shesterkin has taken to dancing with his furry companion…

3:02 pm – Peaty missing the pool

We're all missing sport, aren't we?

Olympic champ and world record holder Adam Peaty clearly wishes he could be back in the pool.

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Who misses the racing?

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While you're here, why not listen to our Olympic Channel Podcast with Peaty released last year?

2:39 pm – Athletes on video-chat

In these difficult times, even athletes, who cannot simply travel to visit family, are having to resort to video chat to keep in touch with loved ones.

Italian figure skating Olympic bronze medallist Carolina Kostner has been keeping up with her mum via this method.

2:11 pm – Keeping up the bike work

Olympic silver medallist Rigoberto Urán of Colombia is keeping up his bike work at home in Medellín, despite the fact he can't currently be with his U.S.-headquartered, Spain-based team EF Pro Cycling.

1:38 pm – Daley daily

British diver Tom Daley has been providing daily workouts from home, and here's his latest, to work those glutes.

1:33 pm – More home modern pentathlon

Not to be outdone, here's Kazakhstan's Vladislav Sukharev practising his modern pentathlon skills at home.

Special shout out to his fencing opponent, emoji pillow.

1:08 pm – Weekly roundup

If you haven't been able to follow our blogs closely, why not catch up with our weekly social media roundup, The Lowdown?

12:55 pm – Book recommendations?

Refugee Olympic Team swimmer Yusra Mardini has one for you!

12:10 pm – Get in touch!

Why not get in touch with us @olympicchannel across all our social media platforms?

Last night, we asked who you would choose to form a five-a-side football team made up of Olympians.

Over 100 of you have responded, we'd like to hear more!

11:33 am – Uplifting message from Spain

Some of Spain's top athletes, including Olympic badminton champion Carolina Marin, have sent a message of gratitude to their country for their perseverance during this crisis.

The video ends with the words: "We have never been so alone. We have never been so united."

11:00 am – Ledecky burpees

Katie Ledecky here, kind of showing off. Because not that many people would be able to do burpees in full swimming gear including flippers and a breathing tube.

With that, good morning and welcome to another Olympic Channel live blog keeping you up-to-date with what's going on with athletes in quarantine.

Stay with us, and as Ledecky says, stay home.

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