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Adam Peaty's Nan Is The Hero The Rio Olympics Needs

The British swimmer's grandmother is the finest #OlympicNan on Twitter.

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While Peaty swims for Team GB at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Mavis, who describes herself in her Twitter bio as "proud Nan to a world champion breaststroker", is busy back home in Staffordshire gunning for her grandson.

She's had her window cleaner stick up union jack bunting to show support for young Peaty.

I'm ready for Rio now thanks to my kind window cleaner who put my bunting up🏊🏻🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧


And she's even had her nails done in his honour.

@Mavise42Mavis having nails done ready to support @adam_peaty at Rio and Team GB 🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧 all the way ❤️❤️

But it's her bang-on commentary of the games that you really want to follow for.

What race oooo I'm so proud he ,s a gladiator well done @adam_peaty @cazliz123 @britishswimming 👏👏👏🍀🍀🇬🇧🇬🇧


When Peaty qualified for Sunday's 100m breaststroke final, having earlier broken his own world record, Mavis called her grandson a "gladiator".

She's been "roaring" for him at every stage of the competition.

Good luck for the semifinals Adam I will be roaring for you ,the heat was fantastic love NaN👏👏👏🍀🍀🍀🇬🇧🇬🇧👍


And while Peaty himself gets the lion's share of her support.

Well done Adam on your world record love NaN👏👏🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧👍👍

She's right there cheering on the rest of the British swimming team too.

Well done to Max Litchfield great race👏👏👏🇬🇧🇬🇧@britishswimming @maxlitch1995


Well done to James Guy on a great race 👏👏👏👏🇬🇧🇬🇧@Jimbob95goon @britishswimming @cazliz123

When her grandson won the gold medal and broke his own world record in the process, Mavis was bursting with pride.

My Grandson has done it 👏👏🏊🏻🏊🏻👍@adam_peaty @britishswimming @adam_peaty

Well you have done it @adam_peaty you have made it, your hard work paid off. Congratulations to you and @massivemel. So proud love Nan x

Here's the moment she saw it happen on TV.

In true Gogglebox style, Adam Peaty's Nan sees him get that gold medal #Rio2016


Mavis might not have made it to Rio.

But she is 100% there in spirit, bringing her nan A-game to us all.

One more day and I can watch my grandson swim oooooo so proud I'm bursting 🏊🏻🍀🇬🇧🍀🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🏊🏻@cazliz123 @ValThorp @Cityofderbysc


Laura Silver is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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