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Spanish Sportsmen : Hilarious

By Mr Grumpy - Fri 10th Aug 2012

Over recent years we have become used to seeing our TV screens, magazines and newspapers - even advertising billboards - full of the grinning faces of the many victorious Spanish sportsmen.

And in many cases, rightly so. The Spanish National Football team, Rafa Nadal, FC Barcelona and many more... have all accomplished great with things - not only succeeding in their respective fields, but doing so with style, elegance, charisma and dominance.

All worthy of respect.

But wathcing one of the Olympic award ceremonies the other day (one of the few where a Spanish sportsman actually managed to win something) something dawned on me - something that I had noticed at the back of my mind but never really saw fit to comment on...

Why for love of the sweet baby jesus does every Spanish Sportsman who manages to win a medal go through that ridiculous charade of sticking the medal in their mouth when they pose for the press ?

"Just checking its not chocoalate"


Or maybe mildly amusing at best when one of Spain's victorious Sportsman did it a decade or so ago, but why does EVERY single Spaniard feel compelled to follow the same sodding routine ad nauseum ?

A group of 12 year olds in the late 1980' s might just get away with causing such social offence, but we are supposedly talking about educated, highly professional twenty to thirty year olds who must surely be aware that what they are doing is : A) NOT hilarious B) dated C) Ridiculous D) Not in any way original.

Answers on a postcard please, and No - the winner does not get a medal.

Comment on this Blog

Rafa Nadal had been doing it for a long time (I'm not sure if he started it or not) but that thing you are talking about not only was a 'Spanish thing' every country was doing it. And as you know (or maybe not) Rafa had an accident that didn't let him participate at the Olympics and some people was just doing that gesture in a commemorative way soo relax and don't be so fussy.
Maite - Mon, 24th Sep 2012
Because the press photographers ask for it. All medal winners, no matter nationality, we're seen to do it.
Iberscot - Sat, 18th Aug 2012
A Good point, which I hadn't considered Mick : Maybe Sportsmen from other nations spend more time becoming 'Media Savvy', than they do by training to win medals. I suppose that is what Sportsmen are supposed to do after all.
Mr Grumpy - Fri, 17th Aug 2012
Blame the photographers who ask the athletes to indulge in this stupid behaviour!
Mick - Fri, 17th Aug 2012
I Googled the origins of this sorry charade last night : Apparently is to with 'ye oldene dayes' when the gold content of medals etc... Allowed the owner to brand the medal with a unique imprint as a safeguard against theft.

Yes, I maybe could have taken literally seconds to have done this prior to uploading my blog, and yes I probably had waaaay too much time on my hands.

Mr Grumpy - Tue, 14th Aug 2012
Well, you know that everything is close to the Spaniardīs stomach so theyīre probably checking to see if itīs edible rather than gold!
Mo - Fri, 10th Aug 2012

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