Bermuda Shorts: Tucker Takes Over Twitter

February 13, 2010

The Bermuda shorts worn at the 2010 Winter Olympic opening ceremony by Bermuda’s sole Olympian Tucker Murphy, and the Bermuda delegation caused great international interest.

The popular social networking site Twitter was abuzz with e-talk of Mr. Murphy and his shorts, with literally hundreds of tweets pouring in from around the world.

Examples:

Pipatha from Australia saying:

The team from Bermuda deserve a medal for the bright red shorts alone.

Peacekeeper from California saying:

The best Olympic athlete entrance tonight… The lone athlete from Bermuda, IN SHORTS!

New Yorker “Maaangelaaa” saying:

‘Tucker Murphy who represents Bermuda is HOTTT!!!’

Adam from Utah saying

Tucker Murphy has great legs.

A Twitter member from Massachusetts wasn’t a fan of the shorts saying:

Mr. Bermuda: You are attractive, but shorts, red or otherwise, are inappropriate at a Winter Olympics

Sports Illustrated said:

YOU’VE GOT TO BE COLD IN THAT: These may be the Winter Olympics, but the small delegation from Bermuda isn’t going to refrain from wearing the island nation’s famous shorts.

Cross-country skier Tucker Murphy made sure his Argentine coach Martin Bianchi didn’t get out of it either.

Murphy, who became the first Bermudian to compete in an Olympic cross-country race when he finished 88th out of 95 starters in Monday’s 15-kilometer event, brought Bianchi along as his support staff in Vancouver. However, he said Bianchi had second thoughts when he realized he had to join Tucker in donning bright red Bermuda shorts at Friday’s opening ceremony.

He was very embarrassed,” Tucker said. “He was worried that everyone back in Argentina would see him and laugh. … Then he realized that all the girls wanted to take pictures with him, so he got over it fairly quickly.”

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