Social media best bits: Celebrating one year to go

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Every week, Tokyo 2020 will bring you the best sport posts from the social media world. This week, we are celebrating one year to go until the Olympic Games.

Dear Tokyo ✍️

Team GB celebrated one year to go with a love letter to Tokyo. We may have to wait another year to see each other in person, but as the saying goes, 'absence makes the heart grow fonder'.

What a difference a year makes! 📅

US pole vaulter Sandi Morris leads the transformation of Team USA from the malaise of lockdown to Olympic-readiness.

Oranges at the ready! 🧡

The Netherlands field hockey stars are counting down the days until Tokyo 2020. Will they go one better than Rio and secure themselves a medal?

Those were the days! 🍻

The official Olympics Twitter page organised a reunion, with cities from across the world sharing their memories of when they hosted the Games.

Driven by the Olympic spirit 🙏

Australian cyclist and Olympic medallist Kaarle McCulloch reveals the motivation behind her preparations for Tokyo: Those who are "battling through these tough times and showing true human resilience. That is the Olympic spirit."

Breaking the taboo 💪

Australian Olympic swimmer Cate Campbell used the occasion to highlight the very real struggles that athletes and others around the world face when dealing with their mental health.

Thinking of changing sports? 🤔

World Rugby Sevens marked the occasion in style, by asking some fan favourites which rugby stars could make the grade in other sports.

Shall we dance? 💃

Team GB's Eilish McColgan whose mum famously won gold in the Tokyo World Championships 30 years before next year's Games couldn't hide her excitement for Tokyo 2020.

Picture perfect 🎨

The FIVB got all artsy with their One Year to Go celebrations with the volleyball equivalent of Where's Wally? (Where's Waldo? to our friends in the States). Can you spot your favourite player in the crowd?

It's a marathon... not a sprint 🏃‍♀️

Team USA's Olympic marathon trials winner Aliphine Tuliamuk has fantasised about the start of the Olympic Games. It's safe to say, it will be all the sweeter when she races next year.

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Exactly a year from today will be the start of the Tokyo Olympics, I have fantasies in my head about how this day will feel/look like, it’s going to be a very special day, and I am excited to experience it alongside my #teamusa marathoners @sallykipyego @bygolly.molly . I hope that you all stay safe, train smart, stay motivated, remember your why’s and most importantly listen to your body, be gentle to it, give it a rest, for a year is a long time, a week or month of a break will probably do you more good than harm💪🏿❤️. Here is to the journey of 365 days! #365daystillolympics #feelinggrateful #feelingblessed #nazelite #hokaoneone #rudyprojectna #hawisportsmanagement #usolympicmarathonteam #tokyo2020 Ps: not sure who took this beautiful picture!

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