Canadian Swimmer Gives His Dad The Finger Before Every Race


In sports, athletes have their own ways of motivating themselves to get ready for the moment, like shooting the bird to one of their parents.

Wait, what?

Canadian swimmer Santo Condorelli has an interesting way of pumping himself up before each race, and that’s giving his father the finger.

It started early in life when an 8-year-old Santo became increasingly frustrated racing and getting beat by older swimmers. So, his father and coach Joseph Condorelli came up with the weird idea for his son to flip him off before every race and he’s been doing it ever since.

“(Joseph said) ‘You’ve got to build your confidence yourself and say eff everybody else that you’re racing,” the now 21-year-old Santo explained toDonna Spencer of the Canadian Press. “He said ‘Every time you’re behind the blocks, give me the finger and I’ll give it back to you.'”


Sunday, the 21-year-old Canadian Swimmer will race in the freestyle relay. Then he’ll have the 100-meter freestyle on Tuesday, and the 50-meter free next Thursday in Rio.

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