Sunday 18 February 2018

10 litres of water, pizza and peeing in a cup: How the O'Donovan brothers celebrated their historic day

Will Slattery

Will Slattery

Now that the race is over, it is time for the victory tour.

Gary and Paul O'Donovan won Ireland's first ever rowing medal when they took silver in the lightweight sculls this afternoon, sending the country into a frenzy.

Read more: Silver for Ireland! The O'Donovan brothers do the country proud with amazing Olympic rowing final race

Their post-race interviews have garnered as much attention as their spectacular rowing, and the duo joined RTE's Olympic coverage live tonight to share their special day with the viewers.

The O'Donovan brothers revealed what they have been doing in the hours since they crossed the line in Rio and predictably, the master raconteurs were very entertaining once again.

"I'm a bit tired and the legs are like jelly but we got to do a bit of celebrating and do the podium thing," Paul began.

Watch: The O'Donovan brothers stopped their post-race interview for a touching sporting moment after winning silver  

"We got to put on the podium pants so that was quite nice. Then I had to do this doping control thing so I was there for an hour or two trying to pee into a cup after about ten litres of water so I'm a bit full up."

"He was busy there and I was having a great time, running around signing photographs and autographs," said Gary, piping in.

"It was all well and good but we are tired now. We haven't had a bite to eat since after the weigh-in, we had a bread roll with some Nutella but I believe they are on the way with some pizza for us."

Ireland has gone O'Donovan mad since the brothers won the nation's first medal of Rio 2016, and the duo have begun to get an inkling of how crazy things have gotten, both in the country and their hometown of Skibbereen.

"Gary got a Snapchat earlier and people were roaring away mad or something," Paul said.

"I'd say it was mad excitement altogether. Skibbereen is after closing down for a national holiday."

"It is a pity we are missing it out here," Gary added with a laugh.

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