Fresh off the track, heptathlon silver medalist Jessica Ennis-Hill visited OMEGA House Rio on Sunday evening to share some special moments and highlights from her time at the Rio Olympics
OMEGA, the Official Timekeeper of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, launched the OMEGA House concept four years ago in London. Reimagined for Brazil, the VIP venue has uniquely themed rooms dedicated to sports timekeeping, space exploration, ocean heritage, ladies’ timepieces and watchmaking innovation, as well as views out across Ipanema Beach.
Speaking about her Rio experience, Jess Ennis-Hill – who has a two-year-old son called Reggie – said: ‘The experience has been incredible. To get here and to be lining up on the start line before the hurdles, in one piece, having had some really challenging years leading into this Olympic Games has just been incredible to be here. And especially to compete and come away with a silver medal.’
Rio was a ‘completely different experience’ to London, she continued. ‘I think London was my first Olympic Games, it was all very new. And it was just that feeling of, when everything comes together, on that one occasion, everything just flowed, everything was perfect.
This time, it’s been a little bit more of a challenge. But to get here, eventually in one piece and to win a silver medal, both Olympic Games have been equally as incredible
‘This time, it’s been a little bit more of a challenge. I’m an older athlete. I’ve had injuries. I’ve stepped away from my sport for a couple of years. It’s been a really challenging few years. But to get here, eventually in one piece and to win a silver medal, both Olympic Games have been equally as incredible.
‘Being a Mum now, life is so different,’ says Jess. ‘Before I was a mother it was just solely focusing about me and my performances and now it’s very different. It’s incredibly hard to be away from my family and I miss them so much. But equally, I know I’m away hopefully making them proud and doing something really special in this particular moment in time.’
Eddie Redmayne, the Oscar-winning actor and OMEGA brand ambassador, was the guest of honour at the Opening Night of OMEGA HOUSE in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday 6 August. He arrived looking as stylish as ever accompanied by his stunning wife Hannah Redmayne. Other notable guests included His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, Brazilian sailor and OMEGA friend, Torben Grael, Brazilian designer Francisco Costa and American actress Camilla Belle.
‘I remember going to the OMEGA HOUSE in London for the London Olympics,’ said Eddie Redmayne, ‘and they’d managed to convert this old house in SOHO into this extraordinary, vibrant hotspot. And with such a brilliant mix of people. Coming here today, I’d been warned that it was going to be quite breathtaking and it is.’
OMEGA House, an invitation-only private residence, created for selected members, invited guests, VIPs and athletes alike, is open every day of the Olympic Games between 11am and 1am.