Tokyo Olympics: Helen Glover is emotionally welcomed by her children at the airport

Helen Glover is emotionally welcomed by her children at the airport after returning from Tokyo, as she hugs them after painfully missing out on a medal in the rudderless women’s pairings

  • Helen Glover missed out on a podium at the Olympics in pairs without a steering wheel
  • She was warmly welcomed home by her children when she returned from Tokyo
  • Glover was seen hugging the three youths at the airport arrivals gate

It wasn’t to be for Helen Glover at the Tokyo Olympics – but she was able to soften the blow of not getting a medal among the rudderless couples thanks to her kids’ embrace when she landed in the UK.

The British rower placed fourth alongside Polly Swann in the women’s event, unable to find the turnaround to claim bronze, as she lost to New Zealand, the Russian Olympic Committee and Canada.

But she put that disappointment behind her – at least for a short period of time – when a video showed her three children happily running towards her as she passed through the arrivals hall at the airport after returning from Japan.

In an emotional video, Glover can be seen walking on a cart with her luggage, before pushing it aside and yelling, “It’s Mommy!”, before hugging the first child to approach her – with the other two following.

She posted the video to her Twitter account with the caption, “This feeling,” followed by a love heart emoji and the hashtag #runningcuddles and #homesweethome.

Team GB rower Helen Glover posted an emotional video of her children hugging her after returning home from the Tokyo Olympics

She continued her disappointment after finishing fourth in the rudderless flocks behind her when the youngsters came running towards her

She continued her disappointment after finishing fourth in the rudderless flocks behind her when the youngsters came running towards her

Glover, who became the first British rower to compete in the Olympics after giving birth, shouted,

Glover, who became the first British rower to compete in the Olympics after giving birth, shouted, “It’s Mommy!” as she shared a special moment

Glover (back) just missed a third Olympic gold medal in as many Games as she and partner Polly Swann suffered

Glover (back) just missed a third Olympic gold medal in as many Games as she and partner Polly Swann suffered

Glover is the first British rower to compete in an Olympics after becoming a mother, and she paid tribute to her children for inspiring her after she placed fourth in the event.

She said, “Whether the kids remember or not, they were there from the very first strokes of this journey, and in my mind until the very last strokes.

“What I wish they would learn from this is take risks without fear of failure, and draw excitement from the results, yes, but most importantly from the journey.”

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