One Piece Staff Thanks Olympic Athletes For Their Homages
posted on by Kim Morrissy
One Piece has been getting a good rep from athletes at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics: On Monday, long jump gold medalist Miltiadis Tentoglou of Greece imitated Luffy's Gear Second pose, and on Thursday, USA shot putter Payton Otterdahl tried his hands at Franky's "Suuuuper" pose.
Their tributes have resonated with fans across the world; even the manga's staff are expressing their delight. The One Piece staff official Twitter and Instagram accounts issued messages of gratitude to Tentoglou and Otterdahl for their actions.
Αγαπητέ άλτη από την Ελλάδα, Μιλτιάδη Τέντογλου:— ONE PIECEスタッフ【公式】 (@Eiichiro_Staff) August 5, 2021
Πραγματικά γιορτάζουμε και μεις, μαζί με τους φίλους μας ανά τον κόσμο. Νιώθουμε απεριόριστο σεβασμό για την προσπάθεια και τα επιτεύγματα σου! pic.twitter.com/l298Fv9Crg
Dear USA shot putter; Payton Otterdahl— ONE PIECEスタッフ【公式】 (@Eiichiro_Staff) August 5, 2021
We sincerely celebrate the activities of our "NAKAMA" around the world with the utmost respect for your efforts and achievements. pic.twitter.com/wSpnifZyK4
"We sincerely celebrate the activities of our 'NAKAMA' around the world with the utmost respect for your efforts and achievements," the account wrote in English and Greek.
Last week, archery bronze medalist Takaharu Furukawa referenced Is the order a rabbit? in a post-match interview, while silver medalist Deng Yu-Cheng became an internet sensation due to his social media posts about anime.
Japanese pop culture has been a key aspect of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, with the opening ceremony featuring video game tunes and placards evoking manga.