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What are you doing there coach? Screengrab The Inertia/NBC

The Inertia

For Olympic athletes, the day of the big event (I imagine) is a moment of crushing anticipation. Millions if not billions of people around the world are glued to their screens to watch you perform and in the cases of the numerous individual sports, there’s no one to blame but you if you blow it. Yikes.

How does one deal with all that pressure? For Finnish snowboarding coach Antti Koskinen, the answer is simple: grab a pair of needles and knit. Seriously.

Koskinen was spotted in NBC’s broadcast at the top of the run before Finnish snowboarder Roope Tonteri’s descent during men’s slopestyle with needles and thread. The best part? He only looks up from his project to high-five Tonteri before getting back to work.

We’ve heard of stress eating before, but stress knitting has to be one of the more productive ways to manage stress we’ve ever seen. Roope Tonteri didn’t go on to medal, but at least he’s got a new hat or scarf – whatever it was his coach was working on.


Watch the hilarity here.


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