Did You See Evgeny Rylov Wear His Cat Mask in the Olympics?

Did You See Evgeny Rylov Wear His Cat Mask in the Olympics?

Cat supremacy!

If you thought you saw a huge cat during the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, keep calm. Maybe it was just Evgeny Rylov, a Russian swimmer, two-time gold medal Olympian, and a passionate cat owner. 

Rylov is being celebrated in Russia right now for being the first Russian in 25 years to win gold during the 100-metre backstroke event. But aside from that, the Internet won’t stop talking about him because of his viral cat mask photos. As a devout cat lover, Rylov insisted that he wear his favourite cat mask during the awards ceremony of his gold medal. The fact that his girlfriend created his mask for him made it all the more special.

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However, his initial request to wear it during the ceremony was denied. “I feel like crying. I wasn’t allowed to wear my cat mask. They said, ‘We’re sorry, you can’t.’ I’m not going to argue with the organisers of the Olympic games,” Rylov said.

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The good news is, Evgeny Rylov was eventually allowed to wear his beloved cat mask when he was awarded another gold for the 200-metre backstroke event. 

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Upon arriving back in Russia, he was given a warm welcome by his supporters and girlfriend who all sported cat masks to greet him. It was a purrfect moment, if we do say so ourselves!

All images credited to Evgeny Rylov | Official Instagram Page

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Therese's close friends know that if they haven’t seen her around recently, then she’s probably having an adventure with her luggage and camera in hand. Though she loves staying at home and spending lazy afternoons with friends, there are times when she has to be "away from home to feel at home," — that’s when she’s bitten by the travel bug. See her travels on Instagram @reesstamaria.