This week the wrestling tournament started at Rio 2016 bringing together 353 athletes from 68 countries who will compete in 21 olympic wresting events in two different disciplines: freestyle, for both men and women, and Greco-Roman, only for men.
According to the Rio 2016 official website, the athletes’ goal is to force their opponent’s shoulders on to the mat, in a fascinating mix of primal hand-to-hand combat and complex tactics, where technique, stamina and brute strength are all on display.
Social media in Brazil didn’t quite know how to handle such “primal hand-to-hand combat,” and the hashtag #lutaolimpica (olympic wrestling) was born. Here are some of our early favorites:
“I just can’t with #LutaOlimpica.”
— Vailagay (@vaiIagay) August 16, 2016
“I already know what kind of sport I want to compete in the next Olympics.”
— Ge Feitiço 2017🎉 (@geovana75101175) August 16, 2016
“LOVE #LutaOlimpica lol”
— Rafael Menegon (@rumenegon) August 16, 2016
“#lutaolimpica is kind of a strange sport, isn’t it?”
— FEFE (@FelipeeJLopes) August 15, 2016
— Jarbas ∆ (@descolonizado) August 15, 2016
“I want to apologize to everybody, but I don’t have the maturity to watch greco-roman wrestling.”
— thiago 🐯 (@ItsThigs) August 14, 2016
“This is why I pay for cable.”
“Dude, I don’t understand that sport lol”
#LutaOlimpica I just can’t
Broder, tá passando um vt de luta olímpica e……………………….. tá permitido fingir que é pornô?
— starlight (@porcelainthing) August 16, 2016
“Dude, they are showing olympic wresting on TV……… Can we pretend it’s porn?”
You can check them out for yourself:
Big thanks to Julio Reis for the videos.