Joseph and Santo Condorelli, the father and son who have a heartwarming, wonderful tradition of flipping each other off before every race.
Swimming at the Rio Olympics has been full of so much drama that Televisa could market the swim matches as a telenovela and call it “¡¡¡Largate De Mi Piscina!!!” Gold medal-winning American swimmer Lilly King dragged, taunted and messed with that Russian doper Yulia Efimova. And as his South African rival shadowboxed in front of him, 21-time gold medal-winning human sailfish Michael Phelps made the same burning hot stank-face I make whenever someone changes the channel right before the reveal on House Hunters Renovation. And Canadian swimmer Santo Condorelli has been throwing the international sign for “fuck you” before his race, but unlike Lilly and Phelps, his flip-off is done with love.
Santo will compete for a medal in the men’s 100m freestyle tonight and before he dives into the abyss of Phelps piss and chlorine, he’ll probably flip off his dad Joseph Condorelli in the stands. But he’s not doing it in the same, “Fuck you, I hate you, get out of my life, dad,” way that Lindsay Lohan does to her phone whenever her dad calls looking for a loan he won’t pay back. 21-year-old Santo does it for good luck. Santo explained to reporters that it all started when he was just 8 years old and was mad over the bigger dudes beating him in swim races. Daddy Condorelli told his son to say “fuck off” to all his competitors and to flip him off before every race:
“[My dad said] ‘You’ve got to build your confidence yourself and say eff everybody else that you’re racing. He said ‘Every time you’re behind the blocks, give me the finger and I’ll give it back to you.’”
Sometimes Santo is sneaky about it (see: the picture above that’d make my abuelita clutch her everything while screaming “SANTO DIOS!” since it looks like he’s flipping off God). Other times he just throws it out real quick:
Now that is my kind of father/son relationship. I know, I love that Joseph Condorelli encouraged his 8-year-old son to flip him off. Oh, Joseph Condorelli, will you be my dad too?