The Hottest New Olympic Spectator Sport — Pin Trading? [PHOTOS]

August 9, 2012 10:30 am

When you’re an Olympic spectator, it’s hard not to get over excited while watching the athletes compete. They’re running, jumping, racing and winning gold medals while you’re doing nothing but sitting and staring.

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To help fans feel more connected to the games, a new pin trading hobby has gained momentum. Even Olympian McKayla Maroney has gotten in on the action.

According to the official Olympic website, pin trading at the Games began in the 1980’s and is one of the most popular hobbies among attendees. It is a great way for people to connect with one another and bridge the cultural gap.

Some of the most well-known places to trade pins, according to the website, are the “Coca Cola Official Olympic Games Pin Trading Centres.” The first meeting in 1988 brought together more than 17,000 people to trade every single day.

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We were curious to see how many people, like McKayla, are sharing photos of their pinning adventures on Twitter. Check out our gallery of London 2012 Olympic pins below, and feel free to tweet your own at @OnAirWithRyan.

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