Illustration by Max Fleishman

Olympics official annoyed by false starts is everyone who ever had to work late

Rollin' into memedom.


Gabe Bergado

Internet Culture

Published Aug 17, 2016   Updated May 26, 2021, 6:03 am CDT

Even if your home country isn’t bringing home any medals from the Olympics, at least you can enjoy all the memes.

Tuesday night was the finals for men’s keirin, a sport that honestly I didn’t even know existed. Essentially it’s an indoor cycling race in which competitors start off behind an official on a motorized bike. They’re not allowed to pass the official until he or she gets off the track, then they all sprint for the finish.

Sounds confusing, right? Apparently the Olympians didn’t quite get the rules themselves, because they had not one but two false starts before getting it right on Tuesday. This was clearly both confusing and frustrating for spectators, but they eventually figured it out.

And you know who didn’t seem all that amused that the world’s greatest athletes kept screwing up the start? The official on the motorized bike. Obviously, the unsung hero became the meme of the night.

No medal for the official, but at least he got turned into a meme—that’s the true gold at the Olympics. 

H/T Mashable

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*First Published: Aug 17, 2016, 1:22 pm CDT