Someone Gifted (or Cursed) an Olympic Figure Skater with a Pokémon Plushie

Someone Gifted (or Cursed) an Olympic Figure Skater with a Pokémon Plushie

Um, is a Gengar plush a gift or a threat...?

Yesterday Miriam Ziegler, one half of an Austrian figure skating pair with Severin Kiefer, retrieved an unusual token after the team's performance at the 2018 Winter Olympics: A Gengar Pokémon plushie someone threw on the ice.

Pokémon subreddit subscriber "TheRagingTuna" noticed the doll and posted a snapshot of the happy new trainer. Other redditors immediately started joking about how the doll probably started life as a Haunter but became a Gengar after it hit the ice (in Pokémon games, Haunter can only evolve into Gengar if it's traded between people).

Just try to keep him on your good side, Miss Ziegler.

No-one's been able to figure out "Why Gengar?" though. There's no indication Ziegler has a special fondness for Pokémon. One redditor suggested she had a beloved Gengar that carried her through Pokémon Yellow, but there's no evidence to suggest that's the case.

Maybe the answer is the obvious one right in front of us: Gengar is strong and cool and bursting with magical powers. Who wouldn't want one as a friend and guardian?

Just don't ... don't make it mad.

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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