The Olympics, TikTok, and how to get back up after falling short | Ilona Maher | TEDxPearlStreet

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Team USA Rugby player Ilona Maher shares the highs and lows of competing in the Olympics, and how she used the social media app TikTok to document her journey by giving the world a behind the scenes look at life in the Olympic Village. Ilona Maher is a Professional Rugby Player who recently represented the USA at the Tokyo Olympics. While there, she shared her journey on Tik Tok and became a viral sensation through her witty commentary and insightful view into the Olympic Village.

Originally from Burlington, Vermont, Ilona received her Bachelors of Nursing from Quinnipiac University. Two weeks after graduating, she decided to pursue her Olympic dream and focus solely on rugby. She has become very open about her struggles with mental health after the Olympic Games and is a champion for Women’s Empowerment. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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