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'Twas Trending

Published:Monday | August 22, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Elaine Thompson
Usain Bolt after winning the 200m last Thursday.

The curtain has closed on the long-awaited Road to Rio, but here in Jamaica we are still in encore mode, reliving our glorious golden moments! Here are the highlights of the good, the bad and the downright ugly trends of Olympics 2016, as well as other trends off the track.


Lightning Bolt



strikes again


Usain Bolt has made history, yet again, by successfully defending his golden title in the men's 100m and 200m finals, proving that the legend is not only unstoppable, but unbeatable. He's now immortal in the track world. The question still remains, will he really retire after this Olympics? We'll just have to watch and see.

P.S. The interaction between the icon and runner AndrÈ De Grasse of Canada went from camaraderie to bromance on social media.


Golden Elaine


Jamaican track star Elaine Thompson had local and international fans jumping for joy when she won not one but two gold medals in the women's 100m and 200m sprints. But it was her surprised expression after finding out that she had, in fact, won which went viral across the globe. Congrats, Elaine. You made us all proud to be Jamaican.


Historic hurdler


No one could foresee Jamaica ever winning the men's 110m hurdles, or could they? Omar McLeod won one for the history books, collecting gold at the finish line in the finals. We could not be more proud of him! #Jaminate


Our prayers



for Shelly's toe


When Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce ran and won her semi-final of the 100m, people were overcome with fear and concern at the pain she exhibited post-race. Twitter, Instagram and Facebook users went into prayer mode for the runner, who was suffering from a toe injury. Their prayers were answered when they saw her return to the track for the finals and placed third. Her performance through adversity, Pryceless!


Conductor Gatlin


Justin Gatlin went from being Public Enemy Number One to the joker of the track when he once again placed second to the legend Usain Bolt. Memes immediately surfaced of him being compared to Judas, becoming a conductor, and just being associated with anything having to do with silver. Once Jamaicans don't like you, you will know.


Floating allegations


What can we say about the American swimmers who said that they were held up at gunpoint and robbed? (sigh) There comes a point in time when people have to realise they are adults. Fabricating lies to cover your actions, making the Olympics into one big soap opera is not cool.

Unfortunately, one apparently escaped without any repercussion as he was smart enough to leave out on the next flight, while the others were detained, and reports are that one has to pay US$11,000 to a Brazilian charity. It was an embarrassment to his country and the Games. However, we will reserve any further opinion and leave this as ... disappointing.


Commentate like Grace


The unfortunate hashtag #CommentatelikeGrace trended faster than Usain Bolt's running 100m - yes, it was that fast. Fans, or rather non-fans, took to all forums of social media to express their displeasure at ESPN Caribbean's coverage. The paraphrases and quotes went from hilarious to utterly ridiculous, with many wondering if she did, in fact, say half of the things floating around on social media.


High School



Musical 2.0


When American gymnast Simone Biles met her childhood crush, actor Zac Efron, it was High School Musical all over again. The two were trending all over social media as they shared kisses, hugs and selfies. Her boyfriend, however, has advised the actor to stay away, (all in fun) but she is one lucky girl.