The Winter Olympics brings together the best skiers, snowboarders, ice skaters, lugers, and racers in the world while the rest of us watch them from the comfort of our living rooms, clad in oversized sweatpants, eating Chinese takeout directly from the box.
While most spectators don’t have direct ties to the games, we find ourselves rooting for certain athletes with an eagerness we didn’t know we had, examining as if for the first time our own lack of physical prowess, tearing up at powerful interviews and moments, then taking to Twitter to relive it all.
Here are some of the funniest, most relatable tweets about the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics (so far):
Some people are feeling altogether too many feelings, and they don’t know how to handle it.
therapist: how have you been feeling this week
me: honestly a rollercoaster firstly the stress of finding a stream at 5am then the sadness for chen and the press reaction to his sp but then the joy of hanyu's return and perfection btw isn't rippon just the greatest human being
— Daniel Howell (@danielhowell) February 16, 2018
"Adam Rippon is hilarious and that's not even his job," I wept to my therapist.
— Louis Virtel (@louisvirtel) February 16, 2018
Others are struck by newfound heroes.
Live every day like you’re the Tonga flag bearer who just decided to learn how to cross country ski so he could come back to the #olympics and parade in shirtless
— Kristen Soltis Anderson (@KSoltisAnderson) February 10, 2018
Adam Rippon saying, "I can't explain witchcraft" in response to this question about how he's such a good skater has honestly and truly made me a sports fan. pic.twitter.com/hcihMcwimt
— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) February 16, 2018
People can’t stop marveling at their own athletic abilities.
Nathan Chen, 18, lands a historic six quads in his men's free skate program at his first Olympics as the world cheers.
Me, 32, alone, finds six frozen dumplings in freezer, attempts to cook them, burns them, still decides to eat them in underwear.
Asian-Americans are diverse. pic.twitter.com/JGOnkksDFs
— Eugene Lee Yang (@EugeneLeeYang) February 17, 2018
when i was a kid watching the olympics i thought they were all old af but i'm watching now and everyone's literally children and i can't run a mile without getting shin splints
— 🩸DANDELION🩸 (@GabbieHanna) February 16, 2018
This would be my whole routine pic.twitter.com/xht1bv1Np4
— Sophie Shepherd (@sophshepherd) February 15, 2018
Some aspects of the games are impossible to ignore.
commentator: well you see Terry, what we just saw there is called a mistake. A mistake is when you don’t do something right. When you compete, you wanna do things right. But they did it really wrong. A mistake, if you will. They made a big dumb mistake Terry
— Joe Johnson (@JoeJohnsonIce) February 10, 2018
Me: (gets on Twitter)
Twitter: JAZZ COVER OF WONDERWALL
Me: (leaves Twitter)
— fuck it up, buttercup (@KattyCorner) February 9, 2018
And others are just living their best spectator selves.
Let the games (and tweets) continue.