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Olympic sunglasses: A Shady phenomenon is born at PyeongChang 2018

When the time came for Alex Kang-chan Kam to deliver at PyeongChang 2018, he did not disappoint.

Before the Olympics, the South Korean figure skater may have hoped his big moment would come on the ice and maybe even a podium.

Instead it happened in the bleachers and has potentially garnered the same viral action online as winning a medal might have.

Kam was spectating in a venue and the camera fell on him, probably because he was wearing novelty Olympic rings sunglasses. Funny enough in itself.

But then came his time in the spotlight, so to speak.

With all the timing of a perfectly executed axel jump, Kam leaned into the camera and removed his sunglasses… only to reveal another set of sunnies underneath. Thus a movement was born.

It was undoubtedly a rehearsed move and deserves all the plaudits it gets.

Suddenly every athlete in the Olympic Village wanted to get their hands on a pair of the must have accessory at PyeongChang 2018.

And it’s not just the athletes. Everyone is getting involved in this shady scene.

But the fashion trend soared to a whole new level once K-pop heartthrobs NCT 127 got in on the action.

This is perhaps the sentiment which best describes of just how cool Kan and his antics are.

The glasses even went global. Here are some kids in Britain getting in on the action.

So what’s next for Kan and his sunglasses? Well, this for starters.


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