Why Selfie Olympics Is The Latest Viral Meme

Why Selfie Olympics Is The Latest Viral Meme

In the lead-up to Sochi, people the world over have taken to the Internet to one-up each other with extreme selfies.

Ryan Gerhardt
  • 9 january 2014

Planking. Tebowing. Athletic Selfies.

The latest in a long line of growing viral memes, the Selfie Olympics are setting the bar – and phone – high with the first Internet craze of 2014.

Inspired by the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, the Selfie Olympics have taken over social media by challenging participants to upload self-taken pictures of an extreme, athletic, or just absurd poses. Judged on originality, difficulty, and in some cases danger, the Selfie Olympics are seeing participation from around the globe on Twitter (#SelfieOlympics), Facebook, and Instagram.


While there’s no clear way to “win” the Selfie Olympics, submissions are starting to be tagged with captions like “gold medal” and “game over.” Whether or not you deem these designations official, it’s clear that in an attempt to take the most ridiculous selfie possible, everyone wins.

Participants seem to have taken bits of both the Olympic slogan (“Faster, Higher, Stronger.”) and mixed them with Sochi’s (“Hot. Cool. Yours.”), as most of the selfies are definitely “higher” and “yours.” Interestingly enough, while not a requirement, a general standard for the Selfie Olympics has emerged in which the shots are all taken in a bathroom.

In less than a week of action, the Selfie Olympics have garnered widespread attention and even the participation of celebrities, including Bob Saget. Check out the gallery below for some of the best shots so far from the #SelfieOlympics.


Sources: NY Daily News, Business Insider

Images: Business Insider (via Twitter and Facebook)


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