To support their journey to Tokyo and meet their fans, hundreds of Olympians and Paralympians have been hosting their own unique Airbnb Online Experience.
Sophia Herzog, Ibrahim Al Hussein and Jonnie Peacock are among those who competed at the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 and took advantage of the exclusive Airbnb offer.
You can sign up through Athlete365 today to begin your own Airbnb journey and meet fans from around the world, all while earning valuable extra income.
Unsure if she would compete in Tokyo following the postponement of the Paralympic Games, the opportunity to earn extra income by hosting an Airbnb Online Experience has proved an inspired decision for para-swimmer Sophia Herzog, who won bronze in the 100m breaststroke SB6 for Team USA.
Available exclusively through Athlete365 and supported by Tokyo Together, Sophia set up her own Online Experience where, for 60 minutes, she shares her journey and experiences as a para-athlete, answers her fans’ questions, and leads a virtual high-intensity workout.
“A lot of people are really interested in the Olympics and Paralympics, and it’s rare to have an hour in a one-on-one or a small group setting to talk about those experiences ,” said Sophia. “Getting our stories out, giving hope to people and maybe inspiring the next generation is huge.”
A lot of people are really interested in the Olympics and Paralympics, and it’s rare to have an hour in a one-on-one or a small group setting to talk about those experiences.
What I really like about Airbnb Experiences is that you are essentially your own boss, and you can set your own schedule.
Not only has the opportunity to share her passion been incredibly rewarding, but Sophia has enjoyed the flexibility of the programme too: “What I really like about Airbnb Experiences is that you are essentially your own boss, and you can set your own schedule,” explained Sophia. “It’s only an hour out of your day, you don’t have to do it every single day, and you can pick the hour of the day you want to do it.”
Fresh from Tokyo
Among the other Paralympians hosting their own Airbnb Online Experience include Great Britain’s sprinter Jonnie Peacock, Australian long jumper Vanessa Low, US long jumper Lex Gillette and Refugee Paralympic Team swimmer Ibrahim Al Hussein. With one gold medal, two silver medals and one bronze medal from Tokyo between them, they each have new tales and accomplishments to share.
In Syria in 2012, Ibrahim lost his right foot while attempting to help his friend take cover from gunfire. He competed in Tokyo with a painful lung injury that hampered his performance, but despite his disappointment, it was important for him to deliver a message to the millions of refugees around the world by participating in the Games. It’s a message he’s also been able to share through his Airbnb Online Experience.
“Before I came to Tokyo, I was in the hospital for two weeks. I have something in my right lung,” explained Ibrahim. “But I came here to deliver a message representing millions of refugees around the world. There are thousands and thousands of disabled refugee athletes who are counting on me, so I didn’t want to let them down.”
For Paralympians around the world, our exciting partnership with Airbnb could be even more rewarding than you first imagine – as it has been for para-athletes like Ibrahim and Sophia.
There are thousands and thousands of disabled refugee athletes who are counting on me.
Ibrahim Al Hussein