Kaylee McKeown won the 100-meter backstroke in a record time of 57.47 seconds and achieved the status of a legend in more than one way.
Winning a gold medal at the Olympics is not an easy feat. The joy and excitement that come with it are understandable, considering all the hard work and efforts that must have gone into making it to that stage. So when Australian swimmer Kaylee McKeown won gold in the women’s 100-meter backstroke she was understandably over the moon. The 20-year-old also set a new Olympic record with her win by completing the distance in 57.47 seconds. After her win, she was interviewed by an Australian news network to share her thoughts she shocked everyone with her response.
Channel 7 asked McKeown what she would like to say to her mum and sister watching at home. And to that, without a second thought, McKeown said: "F***, yeah." It took a second for her to realize she had just dropped the F-bomb on live television and followed that up quickly with "Oh, s***" before covering her mouth. And just like that McKeown had sworn national television, twice. She then covered it up with a joyous "woo" while throwing up her fingers in the signature Australian shakas sign. The interviewer couldn't hold back on his laughter either and the interaction has the whole internet in splits as well.
Twitter has taken this meme-able moment and cannot stop talking about how the swimmer is a legend in more than just one way. Here's what Twitter has to say about the hilarious moment that has now gone viral:
Gold medal + new Olympic record + accidental swearing on live television = instant legend https://t.co/u8jIjhfeCx— Hasief Ardiasyah (@hasief) July 27, 2021
If you win an Olympic Gold Medal, you have earned the right to say what you like. Well done! https://t.co/LG7r1ltdSV— Glenn Munsie (@glennmunsieTAB) July 27, 2021
Can we all agree dropping the F-Bomb is the most Australian thing imaginable and should be an acceptable part of language in any context? Kaylee McKeown's celebration was spot on!— Kyle Rodda (@KyleR_IG) July 27, 2021
I contend that the best bit of this clip is not the f-bomb but the double shaka afterwards. https://t.co/bXf4VWbBjZ— Scott Mitchell (@s_mitchell) July 27, 2021
Johanna Griggs' just won the Olympic Games. "It's the first time we've had a Seebohm and an f-bomb in the same race."— Tony Harper (@toneharper) July 27, 2021
And what is it with Aussie's swim team and viral moments?
McKeown's swearing was not even the first Australian swimmer moment that went viral this week. After Ariarne Titmus won a gold medal, her coach was ecstatic. He expressed his joy with his entire body and his reaction quickly went viral on social media.
That Japanese lady trying to usher him back... 😆— Rads (@KiLeRaD) July 26, 2021
Australia is currently in fifth place after earning a total of 20 medals so far. Twelve medals out of this are from swimming alone.