Sochi 2014: Pony Power! Jason Brown’s magnificent locks turning heads
Sochi 2014: Jason Brown one of several figure skaters to have a Twitter account set up in tribute to an eye-catching hairstyle
Figure skating always picks up fans when the Winter Olympics come around because of the bizarre costumes, the continual promise of someone faceplanting and the gratuitous crotch shots in the pairs programme.
But at Sochi it is the hair of the athletes which is coming under the most scrutiny, mainly in the form of spoof Twitter accounts.
Jason Brown, the ponytailed silver medallist from the USA, has seen his mane parodied on the @2014ponypower account which has attracted nearly 1000 followers so far.
It’s so funny. Ice dancers Penny Coomes and Nicholas Buckland wrote to me after [the US] nationals saying, ‘Your ponytail Twitter account made the British news’
Pony Power follows the fortunes of Brown and the rest of the US team, but mostly focusses on Brown’s magnificent locks. And the American finds the whole thing quite amusing.
“It’s something that I came across one day. I have no clue who runs it,” BROWN told the Olympic News Service.
“It’s so funny. Ice dancers Penny Coomes and Nicholas Buckland wrote to me after [the US] nationals saying, ‘Your ponytail Twitter account made the British news.’
“It’s so exciting because the ponytail has definitely shaped me to becoming who I am. So it’s really cool people enjoy it and people like that trademark.”
And it’s not just Brown who has seen his hair parodied, Canadians Andrew Poje (@PojesMane) and Kaitlyn Weaver (@WeaversWaves) have also attracted the attention of the Twittersphere.
“It’s kind of funny to wake up in the morning and see what kind of witty little remarks that have been tweeted,” Poje said.
“At [the Canadian] national [championships], the result system was down and no one around the country could see the results live on the computer.
“So people were following @PojesMane because it was the only thing that was tweeting the results.”
Weaver added: “It’s so much fun.
“We know we have made it now that we know our hair as a Twitter account.”
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