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Bermudian triathlon hero Flora Duffy joined other top athletes yesterday in a virtual exercise class to celebrate Olympic Day.

Duffy live-streamed part of the 24-hour Olympic Day Workout, which was led by Olympians from around the world.

She said: “I really enjoyed it. I didn't quite know what to expect, but it was really cool just to be involved with the event that went on all day and around the world with fellow Olympians.

“It felt really cool to celebrate that, especially in a year like 2020 when the Olympics has been postponed and it's just been pretty difficult.”

The global workout class was organised by the International Olympic Committee and featured 20 Olympians.

Duffy explained that some athletes led the class while others, like herself, followed along and live-streamed themselves so viewers could join in.

She live-streamed the workout on the World Triathlon Instagram page from her home in South Africa.

She added: “It was my first time doing an Instagram live show, which is probably kind of surprising because I think a lot of athletes do them quite a lot these days, but I hadn't ventured into doing anything like that.

“I think it's just kind of a great way to get people active that maybe otherwise wouldn't be active that day.

“If I got someone active and moving for the day then that's great and I think that's a mission accomplished.”

The annual World Olympic Day was set up to commemorate the creation of the modern Games in 1894 and designed to promote physical activity and cultural sensitivity.

Olympic Day runs are usually held worldwide in celebration of the event, but the Covid-19 pandemic forced a change of plan.

The class, which was held in its place, featured United States gymnast Laurie Hernandez, former French biathlete Martin Fourcade and British taekwondo champion Lutalo Muhammad.

Duffy said that she was honoured to be asked to take part in the event because it allowed her to bond with people through sport.

She added: “You're kind of reminded of the spirit of the Olympics and all the great things about it.

“It can unite such a diverse group of people from different cultures and backgrounds.

“The Olympics are a really great thing that can unite a lot of people, which I think is definitely needed right now in the world.”

National hero: Bermudian triathlete Flora Duffy (File photograph)
The exercise regime for the live-streamed Olympic Day Workout, held by Flora Duffy and 20 other olympians. (Photograph supplied)




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Published June 24, 2020 at 8:00 am (Updated June 24, 2020 at 2:02 pm)

Duffy dips in to Olympic Day online

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