Passengers in Moscow do ‘Olympic’ squats for free metro ride


AFP
November 10, 2013

Passengers on the Moscow metro puffed and sweated for a free ride on Friday after Olympic officials unveiled a machine that issues a free ticket as a reward for performing 30 squats.

Olympic champion gymnast Alexei Nemov squats in front of a vending machine that sells the subway tickets for wquats instead of money during the machine's presentation at the Vystavochaya metro station in western Moscow, on November 8, 2013. (AFP Photo/Yuri Kadobnov)

Olympic champion gymnast Alexei Nemov squats in front of a vending machine that sells the subway tickets for wquats instead of money during the machine’s presentation at the Vystavochaya metro station in western Moscow, on November 8, 2013. (AFP Photo/Yuri Kadobnov)

By setting the somewhat embarrassing challenge with a time limit of two minutes, the organisers said they were encouraging people to incorporate “Olympic values” into their commute.

After an impressive performance by Russian gymnastic champion Yelena Zamolodchikova, others stumbled onto the circle marked on the floor to try it out.

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