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Shake Up the 2012 Olympics With a Drinking Game

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Watching the 2012 Summer Olympics for 16 days in a row will most likely end up becoming a little dry. That’s why we want to show you a way to moisten up the Olympic experience and quench the need for a little extra fun.

With so many countries, sports, athletes and rules to try and keep track of, watching the Olympics can be a bit stressful. And watching all of these young, over-excelling, in-shape superstars might make you feel like an underachiever. But don’t worry, we’re here to ease the pain and make you feel like a gold medal winner in the comfort of your own home with the 2012 Summer Olympics Drinking Game! Cheers!

First off, we’ll be using three tiers of categories:

Bronze = 1 drink
Silver = 2 drinks
Gold = Chug your beverage

Opening Ceremony:

Bronze: Any reference to the 2008 Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony.

Silver: Any time you hear about country that you’ve never heard of, or don’t know what
continent it’s on or can’t pronounce.

Gold: Spot the Queen.


Bronze: Any mention of the rivalry between Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte.

Silver: Any mention of Phelps’s diet.

Gold: Spot Debbie Phelps (bonus points if she is eating a Subway sandwich).


Bronze: Spot any athlete (mostly Asian) who looks like they haven’t hit puberty yet.

Silver: Any time an announcer jinxes an athlete by saying, “They have been perfect so far” or “They need to land this” or “This is his/her best event.” You get the picture.

Gold: Any mention or showing of Kerri Strug’s 1996 gold medal vault.


Bronze: Any mention of performance-enhancing drugs.

Silver: Any false start by a racer.

Gold: Spot Usain Bolt’s trademark victory pose.

Bonus Round:

Bronze: Any time you see a picture of the London skyline that includes Big Ben, the London Eye and Buckingham Palace where you see one of those guards dressed in a red uniform with the fuzzy black hat.

Silver: If at any time you find yourself watching one of these random sports — handball, trampoline, canoe slalom, race walk (looks like a fast mall walker) or judo — and actually enjoying it.

Gold: If at any time you hear the following phrases or words: “family sacrifice to get to this point,” “This is what the Olympics are all about,” “He/she has prepared their whole life for this one moment,” “world record,” “determination,” “fierce competitor.”

If the U.S. Wins a Medal, Do a Shot of…:

Bronze: Cheap whiskey. Punish yourself!

Silver: Silver Patron

Gold: Goldschlager, then chant “U.S.A.! U.S.A.!”


Best of luck, and go for the gold! Feel free to borrow Usain Bolt’s trademark victory pose if you so choose.

Contributed by Brandon Kilijanski and Megan Ziemianski

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