- The Olympics officially kicked off Friday in Tokyo after being postponed one year due to Covid-19.
- Olympians are posting about life in the Olympic Village - and those cardboard beds - on TikTok.
- Here are 10 Olympians that you should follow for a behind-the-scenes look at the games.
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The summer Olympics in Tokyo officially kicked off on Friday with an opening ceremony that, even without fans present, was still a spectacular sight. Though the games are in a bit of a precarious position this year due to Covid-19 (after initially being postponed in 2020), they're finally underway, allowing you to immerse yourself in international sport through your television.
Or, you could also turn to TikTok to get a behind-the-scenes peek at what life is like at the Olympic Village. Naturally, that includes a lot of content about the famous cardboard beds.
Olympian athletes have also been going viral for showing viewers their training sessions and food.
TikTok user @thebigandsexy70 posted a video marveling at how bizarre it was to see superstar athletes on TikTok. "How are they that talented AND funny?????" she said in the comments section.
Here's a list to get you caught up on the Olympians you should be following on TikTok as you watch the Tokyo 2020 games.
Erik Shoji (@thelibero)
The libero on the United States' men's volleyball team, Shoji has been documenting life in the Olympic village from the dining hall food to practices with the rest of the team.
Remedy Rule (@be.the.remedy)
Tilly Kearns (@tillykearns)
Tilly Kearns is an Australian water polo player who went viral for running through the Covid-19 safety procedures in the Olympic Village dining hall and giving a full look at the famous cardboard beds Olympians are sleeping on.
Francisco Caffaro (@caffarof)
Francisco Caffaro is a member of the Argentine men's basketball team. On TikTok, he's posted videos about the opening ceremony (during which Team Argentina commanded attention), what it's like to be seven feet tall (his official height is listed at 6'9), and using the Olympic Village bathrooms.
Melissa Wu (@melissapaigewu)
Sam Fricker (@samfrickerr)
Ilona Maher (@ilonamaher)
Trenten Merrill (@trentenmerrill)
Trenten Merrill is a Team USA long jumper competing at the Paralympics in Tokyo this August. While he's not in Tokyo just yet, he's been posting videos training, freestyling, and collaborating with other Olympians like Ilona Maher.
Kelsey Robinson (@kelseymarierobinson)
Kendall Chase (@kennychase25)
Kendall Chase is a member of the United States women's rowing team, and she's taken to TikTok not only to explain her sport to laypeople but also to share her teammates' ridiculous Covid-19 test selfies (and sexual orientation).