Michelle Jenneke’s world-famous pre-race bouncing warmup routine is not working — but shhh, no one tell her.
Jenneke became a household name — in my household, at least — when she was filmed bouncing and wriggling behind the starting blocks at the World Junior Championships in 2012. The Australian hurdler soon parlayed her new fame into a few modeling gigs, but continued to train toward her dream — the 2016 Olympics.
And she made it. This morning she made her Olympic debut in the 100-meter hurdles … and finished a disappointing sixth, failing to qualify. So just as soon as she got here, she was gone.
But not before she gave us a reprise of her warmup routine. I must say that she’s looking better than ever.
Here’s a collection of her greatest hits:
This isn’t just a case of a mediocre athlete with outstanding looks. Jenneke won two gold medals at the Oceania Youth Championships in 2010 (100m hurdles, 4x100m relay), and a silver (100m hurdles) at the Youth Olympics in Sydney that same year. She won bronze (100m hurdles) at the 2015 Summer University Games in South Korea in 2015, and now she’ll train for the 2020 Olympics, because she’s only 23.