'We did the podium thing and got to put on the podium pants'
Interviews at the Olympics tend to follow a familiar pattern.
A slightly breathless sporting champion, hands on hips and beaming from ear to ear after scooping a medal, is asked by a reporter at the side of the arena if they can put into words exactly what this moment means to them.
‘Incredible’ ‘Amazing’ ‘I can’t really put it into words’ is normally followed by a quick analysis of their own performance – ‘I really gave it my all’ ‘Four years of hard work have paid off.’
But now two Irish brothers called Paul and Gary O’Donovan have become Internet sensations after giving one of the funniest and cliche-free Olympic interviews of all time.
Speaking to RTE Sport after winning silver in the lightweight men’s double sculls, the pair from Lisheen in rural west Cork, opened with ‘What’s the craic?’, described their drugs test straight after the race (‘I’ve been trying to pee in a cup’) and lamented the fact that they were missing the parties back in Lisheen.
We’ll leave you to watch the whole thing…
This isn’t the first time the O’Donovan brothers have shown their brilliant sense of humour. Here’s an interview they did earlier in the Rio Olympics, where they admitted they weren’t entirely sure what time the race was tomorrow (‘I couldn’t tell you to be honest’) and described their main tactic as ‘getting from A to B as fast as you can.’
Surely a presenting gig awaits when they get back home. We only wish all Olympic interviews were quite so entertaining.