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Why Does This Olympic Swimmer Show His Dad The Middle Finger Before Every Race?

Why Does This Olympic Swimmer Show His Dad The Middle Finger Before Every Race?
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Santo Condorelli is a 21-year-old Olympic swimmer who is in the news for the wrong reasons. Well, not wrong for him and his family, but due to his rituals before every race, some delicate eyes are getting offended. 

Apparently, young Santo isn't a bad kid but he's got the habit of flashing his father the middle finger before every race. We didn't know the reason until now, so let's take a look. 

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This 21-year-old swimmer represented Canada in Olympics 2016. 

This 21-year-old swimmer represented Canada in Olympics 2016. 

This young Portland native set two swimming records in 2015. 

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But the most important part about this swimmer is that he gives the finger before every race. 

But the most important part about this swimmer is that he gives the finger before every race. 
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He just casually flips just before every race. 

Apparently, he claims that he doesn't mean to offend anyone because the finger is for his dad. 

Apparently, he claims that he doesn't mean to offend anyone because the finger is for his dad. 
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As a kid, he was smaller than rest of the kids of his age so he would feel very intimidated. Every time he would go for a race, he would be very scared. Hence, this ritual started. 

Santo Condorelli's father started training him since he was 5 years old. 

Santo Condorelli's father started training him since he was 5 years old. 
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Since his kid was really scared, his father thought the best way to get over his fears was to assume nobody was around. 

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Before his first race, he looked into the crowd for his dad and flipped the middle finger. 

Before his first race, he looked into the crowd for his dad and flipped the middle finger. 
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Even after being one of the top swimmers, the tradition still continues. 

Despite, winning race after race, Santo Condorelli never stopped the ritual. 

Despite, winning race after race, Santo Condorelli never stopped the ritual. 
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He doesn't mean to offend, but this is just a good luck ritual with his father before every race. 

Check out one of his races to know how 'wow' he really is. 

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