The Olympics in Tokyo might be drawing to a conclusion but while the games on Earth will pause for three years until Paris 2024, the games in space are just heating up.
Yes, you read that correctly, there were sporting events in space this year. Unfortunately, they weren't officially linked to the Olympics but the current inhabitants of the International Space Station have been taking part in their own sports this year, complete with their own unique zero-gravity twists.
French astronaut, Thomas Pesquet, has been documenting the events on his Twitter account. The first-ever Space Olympics involved four sports, two teams and seven athletes.
Les 1ers Jeux spatiaux ! 1 samedi après-midi sur l’ISS. 4 disciplines. 7 athlètes. 2 équipes. Et la cohésion au sei… https://t.co/4AnkESNLlK
Next up was the ‘no handball’ event which involved the astronauts using only their breath to push around a ping-pong ball and try to score a goal. This finished 1-0 to a team comprised of a Russian and an American astronaut.
Space #Olympics 2/4:
No-handball – we had to adapt the rules a bit during the match, much investment on both sides… https://t.co/nW3WqBas8e
Who needs water when you don’t have gravity? That is clearly the mentality that the ISS astronauts had when the two teams put together a sensational synchronised space swimming final, complete with music and some eye-catching moves.
Space #Olympics 3/4:
Synchronised space swimming – an opportunity to show teamwork and crew cohesion.
Pesquet hasn’t actually disclosed who won the first-ever space Olympics but it’s the taking part that counts, right? We can only hope they do the same again in three years time when Paris 2024 rolls around.