British #OlympicNan Takes Twitter by Storm
As the Rio Olympics gets in full swing, the world will see athlete after athlete fulfill their lifelong dream. They’ll receive their medals in front of adoring crowds and wipe away tears on the podium as their respective national anthem is played. Oftentimes in the pomp and circumstance of the moment it’s easy to lose track of all the family and friends who’ve sacrificed so each athlete could live their dream.
However thanks to social media, some of those family members are getting the exposure they deserve. The first to gain major attention in the Rio Olympic games is British swimmer and Gold Medal winner Adam Peaty’s grandmother, Mavis.
Calling herself the #OlympicNan, Mavis has gained quite a following in recent weeks.
— Mavis (@Mavise42Mavis) July 21, 2016
Her tweets first gained attention in the lead up to the swimming event her grandson was competing in.
— Mavis (@Mavise42Mavis) August 5, 2016
Mavis then began to go viral after her grandson set his first world record, completing the 100m breaststroke in 57.55 seconds.
Well done Adam on your world record love NaN??????????
— Mavis (@Mavise42Mavis) August 6, 2016
She continued cheering Adam on throughout the competition.
This is what all that hard training been for .Good luck my Grandson, I will be roaring for you ?????????????@adam_peaty @cazliz12
— Mavis (@Mavise42Mavis) August 7, 2016
Mavis even had a pitch-perfect, emoji-filled response ready for her grandson’s victory after he took gold, and in the process broke his own record with a time of 57.13 seconds.
— Mavis (@Mavise42Mavis) August 8, 2016
Mavis’ running commentary on the games became so popular that #OlympicNan even briefly trended on Twitter, and a news crew documented her live reactions to her grandson’s final race.
— BBC Radio 5 live (@bbc5live) August 8, 2016