Humans of Olympics: Meet Diego Abreau, the crossfitter who's in Rio to watch weightlifting
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Humans of Olympics: Meet Diego Abreau, the crossfitter who's in Rio to watch weightlifting


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A pharma sector executive in Sao Paulo, Diego Abreau is also an avid crossfitter and there was no way he going to miss the world’s best weightlifters in action at the Olympics in Rio. Abreu took a week off work and headed straight to Rio to catch as much action as he could.

Though the high ticket prices is something he is not happy about, he and his five friends (all in decent jobs) aren’t among those who would have had trouble coughing up the money for this once in a lifetime experience.

A die-hard Brazil supporter in all sports, including football, Abreu and his friends watched three sessions of swimming where they were part of the arena where Michael Phelps made history. They were also present when Singapore’s Joseph Schooling beat Phelps in the 100m butterfly final, shortly before Katie Ledecky improved her own world record and took home the gold.

For that day’s swimming finals, the friends had coughed up $900 ($290) per ticket. They also caught three sessions of weightlifting, apart from taking several pictures and collecting special edition beer glasses at the Olympic venues.

First Published On : Aug 16, 2016 15:43 IST

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