Five-ring Circus

A Tribute to Sprinters’ Jowls at the Rio Olympics

A supercut of the world’s floppiest faces.

I don’t watch sprints at the Olympics to find out who’s going to win or what records they’ll set. I’m there for the instant replays, to see the world’s fastest cheeks flapping in slow motion. Gravity, wind resistance, and Newton’s second law of motion all act at once on extremely talented people’s faces to create a perfect visual storm. While NBC gives precious little airtime to the phenomenon, limiting us to brief post-race glimpses, I’ve compiled Rio de Janeiro’s floppiest jowls into a non-stop, minute-long flop-fest: all jowls, all the time. Watch above.

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