Aug 10 – There are lots of great athletes at the Rio Olympics ― Lilly King, Michael Phelps, Simone Biles. The list goes on. But the best Olympian this time around doesn’t represent the U.S.A. She hasn’t even won a gold medal. But neither of those things matter. For there is no one as great, as funny and as instantly lovable as Fu Yuanhui.
The 20-year-old is a swimmer for the Chinese women’s team who placed third in the semi-finals of the 100m backstroke on Day 2 of the Olympics. The only thing is, she thought she placed fourth until a reporter told her otherwise. Her reaction quickly went viral in China, and it’s easy to understand why.
“58.95 seconds!? I thought it was 59 seconds!” Yuanhui said after she had earned third with a time of 58.95 seconds. “I was so fast!” Her reaction is amazing.
Maybe you think this was a one-time thing. But no, that’s just Fu Yuanhui. She would later go on to get a bronze medal in the women’s 100 backstroke, tying with Canada’s Kylie Masse at 58.76.
-THE HUFFINGTON POST