The Olympics TikTok account congratulated Tom Daley with a viral song about a cat named Mashed Potatoes

The Olympics TikTok account congratulated Tom Daley with a viral song about a cat named Mashed Potatoes
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British diver Tom Daley biting his Tokyo Olympic gold medal
The Brit hopes his victory inspires young LGBTQ+ people Clive Rose/Getty Images
  • The official Olympics TikTok account congratulated British diver Tom Daley on his gold medal.

  • The video used "here comes the boy," a popular TikTok audio sung by user @june_banoon.

  • The Tokyo Games were Daley's fourth Olympics and marked his first gold.

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The official Olympics TikTok account welcomed British diver Tom Daley to the gold medal club by using one of TikTok's most popular recent audios: "here comes the boy," a song originally about a cat named Mashed Potatoes.

Daley, who has competed at every Olympic Games since 2008 in Beijing, finally won his first gold medal in the men's synchronized 10-meter platform event alongside diving partner Matty Lee. It was a long road to victory that included two bronze medals at the 2012 and 2016 games in London and Rio, respectively.

The official Olympics account posted a video congratulating Daley on his victory, and like some of its other videos, used a popular TikTok audio to do it - "here comes the boy," a short original song that TikTok user @june_banoon posted in June and has since gone viral.

"Welcome to the gold medal club @tomdaley," the account captioned a video of Daley diving accompanied by the song. The video cuts to a photo of Daley biting his gold medal from the Tokyo Games, just as the singer says "welcome."

"Here comes the boy" was originally an ode to a cat named Mashed Potatoes, according to @june_banoon's video that led to the song becoming a viral sensation. The lyrics are simple and sweet.

"Here comes the boy / hello boy / welcome / there he is / he is here," @june_banoon sings as Mashed Potatoes walks closer.

@june_banoon

He lives down the road and we call him Mashed Potatoes ##fyp ##TakisTransformation ##cat ##catsoftiktok

♬ original sound - June ✨

The song inspired a series of duets and reinterpretations on TikTok, with many users setting the song to videos of their pets or, in some cases, their boyfriends. The most popular version of the song, uploaded by @felixgabrielmusic, has been used in over 291,000 videos on the site.

This isn't the only time the Olympics account has slipped well-known TikTok audios into its content: it's posted memes about the Olympic Village's cardboard beds using gibberish TikTok hits, and laid sports anime soundtracks over Olympic volleyball clips in the past.

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