Woman's accidental selfie at Olympic hockey game goes viral

A woman accidentally takes a picture of her A woman accidentally takes a picture of her own eyeball instead of an ice rink Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. Photo Credit: Twitter user / Brian Wood

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This may be the best Sochi selfie yet.

A woman attempting to take a picture with her point-and-shoot camera at the Russia vs. Slovenia men’s Olympic hockey game on Thursday accidentally pointed the camera at herself instead of the rink.

The accidental selfie -- caught on television -- was originally tweeted by 30-year-old Bryan Wood from Fairborn, Ohio (@Bryanwx), who said a friend sent him the photo.

“A woman attempting to take a picture at a hockey game in Sochi today. This may be one of my favorite pics ever,” Wood tweeted with a screenshot of the elderly woman accidentally taking a photo of her own eye.

The funny photo went viral, receiving more than 27,000 retweets and 17,000 favorites by Sunday afternoon. Starting with around 1,500 followers before posting the viral tweet, Wood now has more than 2,000.

Three days later, Wood is still getting replies and retweets.

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“The neatest thing was waking up the next morning and seeing replies in all types of languages. You could trace the timing to the sun rising across new time zones and I could almost see people waking up and seeing it on their feed,” he said.

Wood thinks the photo caught fire because we’ve either all done it or have older relatives who have “struggled with a new-to-them technology at some point.”

While some Twitter users called the photo an “old person joke,” Wood defended the picture.

“I actually think it’s cute. I will get old & do those things. I will laugh at myself 'cuz I have a sense of humor,” he tweeted.

The accidental selfie is the latest viral story to come out of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Wood’s tweet has joined the shocked face of U.S. skater Ashley Wagner, U.S. skier Gus Kenworthy’s selfie with stray puppies, U.S. bobsledder Johnny Quinn’s “Sochi jailbreak” and many other photos and videos that have taken the Internet by storm.

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