This Spanish Mistranslation From The Olympics Is Strangely On Point

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Selfies, selfies everywhere!

The 2016 Rio Games kicked off with an opening ceremony speech from International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach, who’s German but was speaking in English (with a somewhat thick accent). He spoke about the need for our world to care for one another. “We live in a world where selfishness is gaining ground,” he said.

Unfortunately, that’s not what Luis Gutierrez Chourio heard when translating Bach’s speech in Spanish for Venezuelan TV station TVES. So what did he hear?

“We live in a world where the selfies are everywhere!”

Obviously, it’s not the same thing, but it kind of sort of is, though. Selfies, after all, are somewhat selfish, and if they weren’t everywhere before, they certainly should be after this hilarious lost in translation moment:

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After A Personal Setback, This Latina Is Killing It At The Olympics


After A Personal Setback, This Latina Is Killing It At The Olympics

She’s 16 and competing for an Olympic medal.

Laurie Hernandez is making her name known in Rio de Janeiro. Although the 16-year-old began the competition with a personal setback — her coach removed her from the uneven bar prelims, which meant she couldn’t qualify for the individual all-around competition — she is seizing the opportunity to go home with an individual medal. During the qualifying round of gymnastics, the Boricua nailed her balance beam routine. Her routine was nearly flawless as she flipped, jumped and danced her way up and down the 4-inch-wide beam. She was solid af.

In the end, she scored an amazing 15.366, placing her in second in the event prelims. That gives Hernandez a shot at winning her first Olympic medal during the balance beam finals. The only person to beat Hernandez in the prelims was fellow American Simone Biles, who scored a 15.633 and is a favorite to win several medals during the competition.

Though she won’t be competing in the all-around competition due to a pulled abdominal muscle, the Boricua already has a gold. The U.S. women’s gymnastics team won the team competition this week by an outstanding 8 point lead. Basically, they slayed their competition by almost unprecedented margins. For reference, the 8-point lead they had to win is greater than all the leads for the past 8 Olympic Games combined.

You can watch Hernandez compete in the balance beam finals on August 15.

You go, Laurie!

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READ: Finally! We Have A Latina Gymnast Representing The U.S. In Rio

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