Former Love Island winner Greg O’Shea has arrived in Japan ahead of the start of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games.
The 26-year-old was selected as a member of Ireland’s Rugby sevens players and made the trip to Japan ahead of the start of the games.
Greg was named as one of the 13 players selected to represent his country in the event at the Olympics this year.
Olympian: Former Love Island winner Greg O’Shea has touched down in Japan as he prepares to represent Ireland in the rugby sevens at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics
Last month, Greg wrote a message on Instagram to the fans who cheered him and his Irish teammates to Olympic qualification.
He wrote: ‘So much was sacrificed by this team to make the Olympic dream come true. I am so proud to be part of it.
‘Thank you to everyone who supported us over the last few years. Tokyo here we come.’
He also later uploaded another message, saying: ‘It’s not everyday you get selected for the Olympics. Dream come true.’
Winners: Greg, a late addition to the series, won Love Island 2019 and the £50,000 prize money with Amber Gill
Game-ready: The 26-year-old was selected as a member of Ireland’s Rugby sevens players and made the trip to Japan ahead of the start of the games
Since arriving in Japan at the weekend, Greg has been documenting his time with the Olympic team on social media.
He started off with a picture outside of Dublin airport ahead of his flight to Japan, as he stood in a green Ireland polo shirt and navy blue tracksuit bottoms.
As he flashed a smile for the camera, Greg had his right hand resting on two Ireland Olympic-branded bags on a trolley.
After touching down in Tokyo though, he also shared a selfie of himself while training ahead of the games beginning.
Heading to Japan: At the weekend, Greg uploaded a photo of himself outside of Dublin airport as he prepared to jet out to Tokyo for the Olympic games
Getting some practise in: After touching down in Tokyo though, he also shared a selfie of himself while training ahead of the games beginning
Doing his thing: Greg in action with Louis Lynagh of the Barbarians Rugby X tournament at the O2 Arena, London in October 2019
In the snap, Greg wore a green Ireland Olympic training vest, with a grey rucksack on his back and a white baseball cap on backwards.
He also carried a sports bottle in his hand as he grinned in the selfie.
Later, he hosted a question and answer session with his followers on Instagram, sharing his answers on his stories.
During the Q&A he was asked if he got his own room to himself, to which the rugby sevens star revealed he was sharing with Jordan Conroy, who is also on the sevens team.
Q&A: During the Q&A he was asked if he got his own room to himself, to which the rugby sevens star revealed he was sharing with Jordan Conroy, who is also on the sevens team
Greg wrote: ‘I lived with him for two years in a hotel because we had to travel for training in Dublin before we both moved up.
‘So it’s ideal having him as a roomie, we are so used to each other #Bromance’.
Another hot topic of conversation was whether the beds provided for athletes were actually made from cardboard, as had been reported.
Lifting his mattress up, Greg confirmed that the beds had been completely designed out of cardboard.
Cardboard bedding: Another hot topic of conversation was whether the beds provided for athletes were actually made from cardboard, as had been reported
Another fan asked Greg whether he was sad that his family will not be able to watch him competing in the Tokyo games in person.
Despite sounding downbeat about his family not being able to attend the games, Greg said he was confident they would still be cheering him on.
He wrote: ‘We are all so gutted that our family and friends can’t be here to support us in person. They have travelled all over the world over the last few years on this journey.
‘It won’t be the same without them but they will all be cheering us on from home I’m sure.’
Cheering from afar: Despite sounding downbeat about his family not being able to attend the games, Greg said he was confident they would still be cheering him on
Goodnight from Tokyo: Greg ended his Instagram Q&A with a shirtless selfie as he held up a peace sign with his hand
Greg also recently spoke to The Mirror, and revealed that he nearly missed out on making the cut for the Irish sevens team, after having ditched his celebrity lifestyle.
He told the publication: ‘I wasn’t initially picked for Monaco which was fair enough, I hadn’t really been training, I wasn’t at peak performance.
‘Then a couple of injuries happened, I got in and I started most of the games and played most of the minutes in Monaco and then I got picked for Tokyo and it’s just been a whirlwind of emotion.
‘But I’ve just got to stay grounded and do my bit for the team and hopefully I’ll play a lot in Tokyo.’
Answering questions: Getting into the Olympic spirit, Greg also re-shared a photo of himself in Irish Olympic gear as he conducted an interview
Speaking about his decision to put his rugby career first, Greg said he knew going into Love Island that he was always going to pick his sporting career.
He said that as a team, they had been working too hard for the last six years for him to throw it away.
Greg, a late addition to the series, won Love Island 2019 and the £50,000 prize money with Amber Gill.
The couple met towards the end of the show after she was sidelined by her previous love interest, Michael Griffiths, who began dating Casa Amour newcomer Joanna Chimonides.
Previous winners: Greg and Amber met towards the end of Love Island 2019 after she was sidelined by her previous love interest, Michael Griffiths, who began dating Casa Amour newcomer Joanna Chimonides (pictured together in 2019)
Greg appeared to be a true gentleman and a breath of fresh air for Amber which made him an instant fan favourite, but their romance was short-lived.
Amber claimed he dumped her over the phone just weeks after winning the competition.
Greg then shunned fame after receiving death threats over the alleged text-dumping, which he passionately denies.
He recently told MailOnline that he and Amber mutually agreed over FaceTime to end their relationship because he wanted to continue his career as a rugby player, while she aspired to move to London after she became inundated with clothing and endorsement deals.
Greg explained: ‘I have never actually come out and told my side of the story because my management and other people advised me against it. When it was all happening I was like ‘I have screenshots, I can release a statement with screenshots to show people the truth’ but it was only going to add fuel to the fire and so I took the brunt of it. It was hard to bite my tongue but that’s just the way it played out.
‘I think she expected me to fight for it but I had to be realistic and look at it as a proper relationship and not the Love Island winners. This was all on FaceTime, then I had to go to training, so I put my phone down and I came back after an hour and my phone was blowing up, an article was released ‘Greg breaks up with Amber over text’ – I couldn’t believe it.’
Didn’t last: Amber claimed Greg dumped her over the phone just weeks after winning the competition, but Greg later revealed the pair mutually agreed over FaceTime to end their relationship because he wanted to continue his career as a rugby player
- Love Island winner Greg O’Shea admits he was almost left looking silly ditching celebrity status for rugby – Irish Mirror Online