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How Olympians Are Celebrating After Rio

How Olympians Are Celebrating After Rio

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Ice the champagne! The 2016 Summer Olympics are officially over. Though the female superstars of this Olympics have plenty of reason to celebrate post-Rio (ICYMI: female athletes killed it at the Olympics), most just want to go home (they've been on the road for weeks or months now) to enjoy some much-deserved R&R with family and friends. Others still have some work to do. Just because the Games are over doesn't mean the job's done. That's how you take home all the medals, folks!

Here, nine Olympians—some champions, some medal contenders—tell us what's next.

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Euro Trip

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"I'm going home to see my family and give my baby niece a big hug and kiss. I've missed her a lot. Then my husband and I are going to Europe. I've always wanted to visit London and Paris and be able to not worry about practicing, swimming or staying in shape. I want to eat, see the city, experience the culture, have an afternoon tea, and reflect on what I was able to do in Rio. I need to let it slowly sink in. I don't think it can ever hit you all at once. It's about little celebrations and sending 'thank you' texts to everyone who played a part in getting me here. That helps double the joy of the moment."

Maya DiRado, 4-time 2016 Olympic medalist, including two golds, in swimming, BMW athlete

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Salon Day

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"I've been super focused for two weeks. My brain is fried. My body is fried. First thing I'm doing is stopping at the P&G Family Home Salon to get my hair done so it that finally start to recover. After competing in the sand, my hair is disgusting, so I have to use the Aussie 3-Minutes Miracle Moist to rehydrate my hair. Then I'm going to go and relax for a couple of nights before competing in the FIVB Long Beach Grand Slam in California, the AVP Championships in Chicago, and the FIVB World Tour Finals in Toronto."

April Ross, 2016 Olympic bronze medalist, 2012 Olympic silver medalist in beach volleyball, Aussie athlete

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Can't Stop Won't Stop

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"We're going to do is our post-Olympic Tour with Kellogg's. We'll tour 36 cities across the U.S. Looking forward to it!"

Simone Biles, the most decorated gymnast in U.S. history with four Olympic gold and one bronze medal, Tide athlete

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Family Time

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"I'm hugging my son, Arlen, and probably not letting him go for a while. People keep asking me if I'm going to go on vacation, but after traveling for 31 days all I want to do is be at home and hang out with my family. Other than that, I would also love to have a spa day. A body scrub, a facial...the works."

Dana Vollmer, 2016 Olympic gold, silver, and bronze medalist, 2012 Olympic 3x champion, Pampers athlete

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Dance Party

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"After the race, every athlete is able to go to USA House in Rio and celebrate with their friends and family. This is a particularly special night because it's the second to last night of the Games. For this night only, there is a huge collection of athletes at the House, and the medal winning athletes are allowed to award an honorary medal to someone in their lives. This is a pretty amazing moment within the Games, and I'm really excited to be part of that. Afterward, we are going to dance...a lot!"

Lea Davison, two-time Olympian in mountain biking, Specialized athlete

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Keep Competing

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"I'm going back to my soccer team, the Orlando Pride, and will try to win the 2016 National Women's Soccer League Championship [in Houston this October]. I'm here for two more days, spending time with my family (about 12 members are here!), which I otherwise wouldn't have been able to do because I'd be competing. So it's great to be able to support Team USA with my family."

Alex Morgan, 2012 Olympic gold medalist, Always #LikeAGirl athlete

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Couch Sesh

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"I plan on celebrating with some doughnuts on the couch."

Katie Bam, two-time Olympian in field hockey, USWNT athlete

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Pasta City

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"I'm going to New York City in a few days and then have the [Kellogg's Tour] coming up. I can't wait to eat pasta at this old Italian restaurant called Patsy's in midtown Manhattan."

Gabby Douglas, two-time Olympic champion in the women's team all-round and 2012 Olympic gold medalist in the individual all-round in gymnastics, Venus athlete

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Letting Go

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"I'm going to spend time with my husband Patrick. That's my only plan that's set in stone. I don't know where we are going. I don't know what we're doing. I'm a planner. I've been planning for four years everything that I'm doing up to this point. It's a little weird to not have a plan for after the race. We don't even have a plane ticket home to Minnesota. I'm just not thinking about it."

Gwen Jorgensen, 2016 Olympic champion in triathlon, Oakley and Specialized athlete

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