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Who has time to compete for the gold when there are Pokémon to catch?
Olympians can now compete for gold medals and the title of Pokémon champion.
Before the release, some Olympic athletes were upset after landing in Brazil late July to find out there where no Pokémon to catch. The hit game has revolutionized mobile apps by creating an outdoor social environment for users and even accidentally providing exercise— so the disappointment was understandable.
However, Japanese Olympic gymnast Kohei Uchimura didn’t get the memo.
According to ESPN, the reigning gold medalist in the men’s all-around competition racked up a $4,954 bill worth of roaming charges for trying to catch Pokémon that weren’t there to begin with. Thankfully, Uchimura’s provider cut him a deal of around $30 a day for endless roaming to lessen the blow.
Here’s to hoping the Olympic athletes will have enough downtime to catch ’em all.
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Kristen Hubby is a tech and lifestyle reporter. Her writing focuses on sex, pop culture, streaming entertainment, and social media, with an emphasis on major platforms like Snapchat, YouTube, and Spotify. Her work has also appeared in Austin Monthly and the Austin American-Statesman, where she covered local news and the dining scene in Austin, Texas.