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Olympic Magic Leads To Free Vacations For Athletes

Entertainment | Gabe Zaldivar | August 22, 2016

Olympic Magic Leads To Free Vacations For Athletes

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Being the most dominating force in sport garners a wealth of endorsements, national adulation and, it would seem, pretty nifty offers for trips to amazing parts of the world.

As Lonely Planet and Time spotted recently, famed gymnast and all-around defier of gravity Simone Biles received quite the offer from Belize’s Tourism Board.

Below is a tweet many of us can only dream of fielding, proving that we had indeed made it in our respective field.

Sadly, Belize is yet to tweet at me in a similar manner for watching these Olympics with the fervor of a champion. I imagine there has been some horrible oversight. 

As noted, Biles had a wonderfully charming reply, which leads us to believe she and the crew will be accepting the generous offer shortly. Via Twitter, the winner of a silver and four gold medals during the Rio Olympics offered, “my second home, you betta Belize we're coming.”

Biles, born in Ohio, also holds dual citizenship in Belize, which means her statement particularly rings true.

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Time quotes Biles who had previously expressed a desire to visit the country with her talented Final Five teammates: “We all want to go to Belize together and then after that, we’ll probably do family vacations.”

We imagine Belize will enjoy quite the bump in interest from fans who have been absolutely captivated by the last couple of weeks.

Lonely Planet reports Indian wrestler Sakshi Malik won more than the appreciation of her fellow athletes and compatriots as Air India tweeted out an offer for business class tickets after the athlete secured bronze. India Today clarifies the offer is for two tickets, “between any two destinations on the entire Air India network valid for a period of one year.”

These athletes go through years of arduous work to become the best in the world at their particular sport.

The prize is the joy in representing your country at the most renowned of athletic stages. But a free trip is that icing on the Olympic cake.


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