Helen Glover was greeted by her kids after competing in the women’s coxless pair at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
Tokyo 2020: Glover has heartwarming homecoming to kids
Helen Glover hugged her three children in what was an emotional return home from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The 2012 and 2016 double Olympic champ was greeted by her kids at the airport in what was a lovely moment.
The Brit touched down in the UK on Friday evening and was immediately greeted by son Logan and twins Kit, a son, and Bo, a girl.
Glover is seen walking with her luggage and can be heard saying ‘It’s mummy!’ before bending down to hug her children who gleefully ran towards her.
Glover produced an inspiring performance at this year’s Games, despite not being able to add to her medal haul from the two previous Games.
The 35-year-old returned to the sport after becoming a mum and came fourth alongside new partner Polly Swann, 33, in the pairs event.
After becoming the first British rower to compete at an Olympics after becoming a mother, Glover explained how her kids inspired her to row again.
“They’re sometimes up at this time in the morning so they might be watching now,” he said.
“I love them so much, they’ve been my inspiration. I never saw myself getting back in a rowing boat until they came along. You can do anything you want to do.
“Trying and failing is not a problem, as long as you try. All the parents who have supported me on the way, thank you for your messages.”
Glover continued: “I think for both of us this was about the journey here more than anything we have ever done before.
“When I think of the day to day grind and the urgency of the past year in getting here – I think how did we do that?
“We are in the middle of a pandemic and we think ‘let’s get to another Olympics’ and that is bonkers.
“We were looking back at the record of other crews in competition and I was thinking ‘three months ago I was still breastfeeding the twins’.
“They have had five years of results, and we have been through weeks and months of playing catch up and it was very different.”
Polly, who also took time out of rowing to train as a junior doctor, said: “For Helen, she will be looking after the kids and this time next week I will be back working for the NHS.
“We gave our all to get on the podium, you cannot fault our determination for that – we fought every day in training and pushed ourselves and did exceptionally well.”