The Selfie Olympics: the trend of 2013 reloaded

Hundreds of pictures as part of the trend show 'olympians' in bizarre poses

Just days into 2014, the selfie, the trend of 2013, has been upgraded. Introducing selfie 2.0: The Selfie Olympics.

In the spirit of other similar crazes such as “planking” and “vadering”, "Olympians" aim to outdo each other by posting the most imaginative and outlandish selfies – or self-portraits that a person takes of themselves.

Competitors seek to parody the traditional selfie by posing in their bathroom mirror, but with ridiculous twists.

Read more: In with the new, out with the old: The defining words of 2013

According to website Refinery 29, the Selfie Olympics began with a Twitter account, using the hashtag #SelfieOlympics.

Selfie-takers contributing to the game of one-upmanship opt for the bizarre and the dangerous, or better yet, a combination of the two.

One photo shows a woman dangling precariously from a door by her shirt, while another sees a man in a canoe wedged between his bathroom door next to an enormous palm tree.

A girl dangles by her shirt from a door in an attempt to be the best Selfie Olympics contender A girl dangles by her shirt from a door in an attempt to be the best Selfie Olympics contender  

While there are no actual prizes, a myriad of Facebook pages dedicated to the craze already showcase competitors trying to prove their selfie “game” – slang for prowess.

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