Sunday’s Small Talk Survival Guide: Rio Olympics Opening Weekend

It’s Sunday night, which means you are one eye-rest away from a full weekof human interaction including but not limited to, small talk. Sunday Small-Talk Survival Guide is 2BD’sweekly digest thathelps you be in-the-know on the week’s most popular topic so you’re not that guy who has nothing to contribute to the conversation. We got you.

Here is everything you need to know and nothing that you don’t about:

Rio Olympics opening weekend

  • Rio 2016 kicked off on Friday in traditional opening ceremony fashion.
    • If asked what you thought, you can say:
      • you thought it was long because there wereabout 15 minutes of commercials for every 40 minutes of broadcast for 4 hours, so
      • You thought it sucked and you’re not alone, the broadcast had the lowest ratings of opening ceremonies since 1992!

And we wonder why?


An actual part of the opening ceromony

  • Michael Phelpswas the USA flag bearer which is a big deal
  • But he was undermined by the Tonga flag bearer(see image above, far above, not the plant kid) who almost broke the internet as a captivating mix of Cristiano Ronaldo and The Greased Up Deaf Guy
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  • The Star-Spangled Banner was the first national anthem to be played at a Rio podium ceremony, thanks to 18-year-old Ginny Thrasher (rifle shooting)
  • French gymnast Samir Ait Said had a gut-wrenching leg snap while vaulting
    • Medicalpersonnel then dropped Samir Ait Said on the ground while lifting him into the ambulance
    • Samir Ait Said also missed the 2012 Olympics from the exact same injury to his other leg
    • He popped back up today with an inspirational video from his hospital bed showing off his patriotic cast
  • Four-time gold medalist Venus Williams was bounced by an unranked Belgian
    • Serena and Venus Williams lost in doubles for the first time in their Olympic doubles career
    • (This is tennis, remember)
  • A Syrian refugee who swam for her life across the Mediterranean Sea last summerwon her first race in Rio
    • She didn’t win any medals, so don’t say she WON-won
  • There have been lots of bike crashes due to slick pavement
    • There have also been high winds which has cancelled many events


Here are the current medal rankings as of Sunday night 10PM ETScreen Shot 2016-08-07 at 10.04.03 PM


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Just one reason why America is still great



Well there you go, no more no less but certainly great. If anybody you’re talking to extends beyond this material, tell them they’re too deep.

Because if you’re not two buttons deep, it’s just small talk.







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