The O’Donovan brothers have made their country proud with a silver medal in rowing at the 2016 Rio Olympics — but the interview they gave shortly thereafter is a gift for the whole world.
Brothers Paul and Gary earned second place in the lightweight double sculls. Theirs is Ireland’s first medal of the Rio Games.
They went on to give what many news outlets are hailing as the “funniest TV interview” of the entire Olympics.
And I have to say — I can’t disagree, though I also have to admit that some of their words were lost on me.
Many athletes make headlines during competitions for setting new world or Olympic records, and others do so for showing admirable levels of sportsmanship, like the diver who had the right attitude after an embarrassing high dive.
But in a rare gem of an interview, these two brothers are making the whole world laughalong with them as they recount parts of their Rio experience.
Despite their massive success, the two seem a bit starstruck by everything around them, reassuring viewersthat although the backdrop of Rio might seem fake, it is indeed real.
And the bit about their “podium pants” is one you won’t want to miss. There’s a part of me that hopes that term becomes part of the official Olympic lingo!