Germany’s Trendiest People Converge on Berlin for the Hipster Olympics

Berlin’s self-proclaimed  hipsters thought they’d organize their own competition to find the most athletic  hipster in Germany – the 2012 Hipster Olympics.

The tongue-in-cheek event took place last Saturday, and drew a crowd of over  6,000 hipsters to a club in east Berlin, for a series of nine ironic sporting  events. Ironically, there were a lot of applicants who wanted to join the game,  but a panel of hipster judges had the difficult task of choosing only  60.  ”We had to select the coolest ones,” said 24  year-old Alexander Bernikas, head of the Original Hipster Olympics  Committee. The skinny-jeans-wearing, jute-bag-carrying contestants were split  into twelve teams of five, and pitted against each other in ironic events  like a horn-rimmed-glasses-throwing contest,  a vinyl-spinning  marathon or a skinny jeans tug of war.

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While the challenges of the Hipster Olympics may  seem fun and easy, but in order to take home the title of 2012 Hipster of the  Year, competitors needed to care enough to win, but be ironic enough to  look like they didn’t care. But let’s face it, for real hipsters that comes  naturally. Other challenges included confetti tossing, an Apple product “The Price is Right” game, a bubble tea dive, and a Club-Mate crate race, but  nothing symbolized the irony of the 2012 Hipster Olympics like the jute bag  race, which had competitors climb inside a hip cotton shoulder-bag and hop  along a short track. Pretty fun to watch, but infinitely harder that the  traditional sack race.

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This year’s winners were the members of team Jam FM, a group of broadcasters  from a local radio station. Apparently, they managed to be more ironic than the  other hipsters. Their prize a gilded bottle of Club-Mate called Golden Club  Mate. If you don’t know what Club-Mate is then you’re not hip enough, but I’ll  tell you anyway. It’s a caffeinated carbonated mate beverage very popular with  hipsters and computer hackers, especially in Europe. The drink’s slogan is “You  Get Used to It”, so don’t ask if it tastes good.

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