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I Just Won at the Olympics. Now What Am I Supposed to Do With My Hands?

A comprehensive taxonomy of acceptable gold-medal-winning gestures.

Winning a gold medal at the Olympics is one of the biggest challenges any athlete will ever face. But one second after you win a gold medal, you’re presented with an even greater challenge: What victory gesture should you make?

If you think you have a chance to medal in Rio or in Tokyo in 2020, you better start training your body right now to do all the necessary hand raises and finger wags. To that end, I’ve put together a how-to guide titled “A Comprehensive Taxonomy of Acceptable Hand Gestures to Perform in the Event That You Win at the Olympics.” Watch above, and break records with poise.

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