The Best Viral Moments of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics (So Far)

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The Best Viral Moments of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics (So Far)
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After a long, long wait for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, we should've known that we'd be in for a hell of a ride when the first meme-y story was whether or not the beds in the Olympic Village were sex-proof.

Now, entering the final week of the Summer Games, we've already seen enough chaos to more than make up for the delay. The Opening Ceremony saw the emergence of an oiled-up, shirtless hero, set to the backdrop of the best video game music from this century. Once the events finally kicked off, we were introduced to a Terminator-looking, basketball-playing robot that served as the halftime entertainment for an early hoops game. (And proceeded to stick around in our nightmares!) Later in the weekend, Australian Ariarne Titmus upset Katie Ledecky in the 400m freestyle. And if you looked up in the stands, you could see Titmus's coach, Dean Boxall, absolutely losing his shit, which prompted the Twitter masses to lose their shit. Plus, you have to meet the Olympian who fixed her canoe with a condom, barfed, then took home the gold. We'll get to that.

On a more serious note, we saw a BLM protest that may have found a loophole in the IOC's protesting rule, as well as reactions to Simone Biles's return to win the bronze medal win in the balance beam after withdrawing from the USA team gymnastics events. Here are the best social media reactions to the Olympic Games so far.

Are the Beds in the Olympic Village Truly Unf*ckable?

The Opening Ceremony Ends Up Being a Gigantic Win for Gamers

The World Meets the Nightmare Basketball Robot

An Overly Enthusiastic Australian Swimming Coach Captures Our Hearts

Rayssa Leal Returns, Six Years Later, With a Glorious Encore

Seemingly the Entire State of Alaska Cheers for Lydia Jacoby

Simone Biles Receives Support For Revealing Mental Health Struggles

Costa Rican Gymnast Luciana Alvarado Finds Potential Loophole in IOC Protest Rule

USA Swimmer Bobby Fink Goes Off in the Mens 800m

Chinese Gymnast Xiao Ruoteng is Strangely Penalized for Not Saluting Judges

Jess Fox Fixes Her Canoe With a Condom, Barfs, Then Wins the Gold


Track and Field Events Features Hugging, Tripping, Falling, and Sportsmanship

United States Women's National Soccer Team Loses Out on a Gold Medal Encore

Raven Saunders Makes a Political Demonstration on the Podium

Simone Biles Returning to Action—and Winning a Bronze Medal—is the Best News We've Heard All Olympics

Tom Daley Catches Up on His Knitting

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