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This grandma’s accidental selfie just won the Olympics

Before you judge, give your own photo gallery a look. 


Molly McHugh

Internet Culture

Posted on Feb 16, 2014   Updated on May 31, 2021, 6:10 pm CDT

It’s been called the greatest photo of the Olympic games—yet it involves exactly zero athletes. Here it is:

A woman attempting to take a picture at a hockey game in Sochi today. This may be one of my favorite pics ever.

— Bryan Wood (@bryanwx) February 13, 2014

Accidental Sochi Selfie Grandma.

The original tweet has gone viral, and there are a few remixes out there gaining steam. 

Selfies from Sochi. Grandma Style. #SochiProblems #Selfie

— Tom Klein (@tmsklein) February 15, 2014

As you can see, she has the camera facing the wrong way, and the screen is displaying her eyeball. Don’t pretend you haven’t been there: We’ve all gone to take that sunset photo to see our own faces staring back at us, an unsettling reminder that we forgot to switch the camera back to front-facing after last night’s selfie sesh.

Don’t believe me?

Accidental selfie

— Sroye Tivan?¿ (@DawsonsSuggBlog) February 15, 2014

So I found this this morning, must’ve taken an accidental selfie on the walk home… #NYE

— Ed Greenfield (@EdGreenfield_96) January 1, 2014

accidental selfie from a drunk Santa trying to take our picture = art #nofilter

— Pauren Lark (@LaurenParkxx) December 15, 2013

This guys daughter was proposed to and he missed the moment by taking an accidental selfie im crying hahahahahah

— Liz Jenkins (@lizjenkinz) December 10, 2013

So before you point fingers at Accidental Sochi Selfie Grandma, give a quick scan through your own smartphone gallery. We are all Accidental Sochi Selfie Grandma at some point. 

H/T Sbnation | Photo via Bryan Wood/Twitter

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*First Published: Feb 16, 2014, 1:43 pm CST