They all need to move over, though, ’cause there’s a NEW duo joining the ranks of our fave celebrity bros: newly crowned Olympic champions Paul and Gary O’Donovan. No one expected these Irish underdogs to take home a medal in the lightweight men’s double sculls finals, let alone silver: probbbabbllly because they only started training together seriously four years ago.
Yet halfway through the race, Paul and Gary (who were in fifth place at the time), made history when, like something out of a Hollywood movie, the brothers began to inch their way up through the pack. Finishing the race in six minutes and 31.23 seconds, they ended up with silver medals, standing on the podium next to French gold medalists Jeremie Azou and Pierre Houin, who beat them by all of 0.53 seconds. Wow!
As their native Ireland celebrated their momentous win, Paul and Gary took time to chat with Irish news channel RTE, winning the hearts of the world in the process. The pair’s goofy sense of humor made quite an impact and soon, social media was abuzz with their two-minute gem of an interview. NBC Sports podcast producer Tess Quinlan even went as far as to proclaim that, “If you don’t laugh, you have no soul.”
Thankfully, laughing with these two really isn’t all that hard. The news-making interview started with Gary assuring the Irish host that “the background might look superimposed, but it’s very real,” and soon became even more wonderfully strange.
Other highlights include the brothers sharing their excitement about putting on their “podium pants” and Paul revealing the realities of taking part in drug-testing procedures (“I was there for an hour or two trying to take a pee in a cup”).
Perhaps the best part of all, however, was the insight Gary offered into an Olympic champion’s mouth-watering diet: “We had a bread roll and some Nutella.” Thankfully, pizza was on the way!
You can watch Paul and Gary’s full interview below, although you mayyyy need to replay it a couple of times to decipher their thick accents (which, it must be said, only adds to their charm).
Congrats, Paul and Gary!
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(h/t Bustle, photos via Phil Walter/Getty)