We *heart* the Olympics, and especially love cheering on Olympic women (because #GIRLPOWER), so we were surprised when people got really angry about these Olympian twins holding hands at one point during the race. German twins and super talented Olympians Anna and Lisa Hahner have been under fire for the move, and it’s actually really confusing.
The upset came from people who think the Olympian twins should have taken the race more seriously.
By and large, many German track and field officials were upset that they thought the twins appeared to be treating the Olympic marathon as less of a hugely serious, big deal, and more of a “like a fun run.”
“The Hahner twins Lisa and Anna ended their Olympic marathon race more than 21 minutes behind the winner (and) more than 15 minutes on their best performance, (in position) 81 and 82. It looked as though they completed a fun run and not (an) Olympic (race),” stated sports director of the German Athletics Federation, Thomas Kurschilgen, according to news.com.au.
Basically, they wanted them to be 100% intense, and see the hand-holding as an insult to the severity of the moment in German and Olympic history.
Some also think the twins did it to get ~internet famous~
Kurschilgen told The NY Times, “Their main aim was to generate media attention,” he said. “That is what we criticize.”
We’re just like… ack. How awkward. Would they really risk their careers to get a few glances from the internet? We aren’t sure.
But the twins defend the move.
“We trained the last four years to participate in this marathon,” Anna told The NY Times. “Neither the time nor the position was what made us happy but to know that we did the best that was possible that day.”
The twins argue that finishing the race together wasn’t a part of a plan to get ~famous~ or to generate major media attention. They say they did take the race seriously, but that at the end of the day they just wanted to hold hands. They didn’t expect it to cause such a ruckus.
If nothing else, this proves that the Olympics are serious business, and Olympians are under constant, and pretty intense, scrutiny. Either way, we hope the twins are happy with the photo-worthy moment. Meanwhile, our swim team did their own car pool karaoke, and we’re still giggling.