Venzuela's Ruben Limardo Gascon flaunts the gold medal he won for the men's individual epee while riding the tube. Photo posted on Twitter by @omid9.
Olympic athletes have a certain image. While competing they seem almost superhuman, capable of performing feats of incredible strength and endurance. During the off-season it’s easy to imagine them gurgling champagne, while admirers feed them grapes and fan them with giant palm leaves. It’s almost possible to see them moving from event to event in a plush sedan chair or chauffeured vehicle of some kind. Which may be the case for some, but apparently not for all. Some Olympians, believe it or not, take public transportation just like the rest of us.
Team USA men's basketball team, including NBA stars Kobe Bryant (pictured front left) and LeBron James (pictured back left) on a train in London. Photo posted on Twitter by @jharden.
Team Rwanda at a bus stop in London's Shorditch neighbourhood. Photo posted on Twitter by @michaelacton.
"Olympic USA 400m heat winner gold medal hope Lashinda Demus on 257 bus to Leytonstone from Westfield at 1am.Humbling", tweeted @shekharbhatia.
Even some veteran Olympic athletes, such as diver Greg Louganis, who won gold medals in both 1984 and 1988, hopped on the London tube to attend the Games.
"Found ourselves opposite @greglouganis on Tube into #olympics - v nice man & a Harry Potter fan (see jacket in pic)!" @DintiBatstone posted on Twitter.