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How Olympic athletes are training from home during the coronavirus crisis

By Meghan McDonough, Michael Tabb
Published Last updated This article is more than 2 years old.

Professional athletes don’t normally work from home.

But from February into early March, as coronavirus began upending sports competitions around the world, Olympians found themselves training in not-so-state-of-the-art facilities—often their living rooms, their balconies, or even their family barns.

For weeks, many were training this way and still planning to compete this July in the summer Olympics in Tokyo.

And even though the International Olympics Committee postponed the Games to 2021, and more and more countries are going on lockdown, many Olympians haven’t stopped practicing.

We checked in with six elite athletes in different parts of the world to discuss how they’re staying fit, healthy, and prepared for world-class competition—while remaining isolated.

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