Real-life rowing twins of The Social Network take aim at '12 Olympics
In addition to the expected cluster of cast members, random celebrities (
Odds are you know the rest of the story: they hired an ambitious, tech-savvy, awkward classmate,
The Winklevoss twins -- "near-comically-perfect supermen," in the words of the
Though remarkably balanced and nuanced,
For all the homilies about the "life lessons" sports imparts, the twins are beleivers. "No question we used a lot of the lessons from sports to overcome a pretty big challenge," says Tyler. "If you have a bad practice or lose a race or feel you didn't compete as well as you should, you can't dwell on that because you're not looking ahead and only hurting yourself. Same here. Anger and bitterness won't push the ball forward in terms of pursuing what's right, fixing what's wrong."
Crew demands inordinate rations preparation and patience. Like all Olympic scullers, the twins devoted years of their life to what amounts to a six-minute race. This, they found, replicates the rhythms of litigation, years of documents and deposition and strategizing all culminating with one high-stakes trial.
If sports helped them deal with the dispute, the dispute may also have helped their athletic careers. Rowing was a welcome outlet after a day spent racking up legal bills or a day simply spent feeling betrayed. There are worse ways to alchemize anger than by jumping in a boat and carving up the water. Friends have even made the point that had the twins launched their own successful social network, who knows if they would ever have made the Olympics?
A status update: The twins are now appealing the settlement, contending they weren't given an accurate valuation of the company when they made the agreement. They also plan to introduce evidence that Zuckerberg was dealing in bad faith. (According to the technology website Silicon Alley Insider, Zuckerberg once sent a friend an instant message about his plans for dealing with the Winklevoss twins and their venture. ZUCK: yea i'm going to f*$# them )
"We're talking about two families against a $30 billion corporation, with unlimited resources," says Tyler. "They'll try every technicality and procedure, and try to resist at any cost ... but we feel like if we let it go, this is how businesses will behave and we can't let that happen."
Tyler and Cameron, both of them 6-5, are portrayed in the movie by