PERHAPS Rio’s carnival atmosphere has rubbed off on our Olympic heroes who continued their partying in the skies as they made their way home from Brazil.
Armed with their record haul of gold medals at an overseas games, they had 77 bottles of champagne on board the golden-nosed Boeing 747 and even sang the National Anthem before take-off.
Henley’s Will Satch, who won a gold medal in the stroke seat of the GB men’s eight, donned a pilot’s hat and had his picture taken in the cockpit with gold medal-winning swimmer Adam Peaty.
Satch, who lives in Duke Street, tweeted: “All aboard the #VictoRIOus flying it back shotgun with my co pilot.”
The team arrived home safely on Tuesday morning at Heathrow airport. The plane carried 320 athletes and staff who stayed in Rio for Sunday’s closing ceremony.
Britain won 67 medals at the games — two more than in London four years ago.