The Morning GIF: Street Fighter’s Olympian

Rudy Fernandez took a fall in the men's basketball finals, but it looks like some strange forces are to blame.

Mar 3, 2020, 3:40 am*

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Lorraine Murphy 

Lorraine Murphy

Here at the Daily Dot, we swap GIF images with each other every morning. Now we’re looping you in. In the Morning GIF, we feature a popular—or just plain cool—GIF we found on Reddit, Canvas, or elsewhere on the Internet.

Looks like somebody medaled in scenery chewing!

In the Olympic basketball final between Spain and the U.S., former NBA player and current Spanish hoopster Rudy Fernandez was grabbed by Andre Iguodala of the Team USA and went down. But he didn’t just drop; oh no, that’s for amateurs. His performance had a nuanced subtlety reminiscent of, say, William Shatner. According to ESPN, the NBC announcer was moved to state, “Rudy is one of the all-time good actors. Rudy looked like he got shot on that play on the way down, but you know what? When acting is rewarded, go ahead and do it.”

Or was he acting?

This GIF of Fernandez clearly taking a shot to the head from Guile of the game Street Fighter, could explain a great deal. The guy moves almost too fast to see! Where were the referees?!

It’s had an aesthetically perfect 1818 notes in the approximately 18 hours since it was uploaded.

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*First Published: Aug 14, 2012, 7:43 am