Yes, you better believe it, our London Olympics 2012 coverage continues, as the games are still allegedly going on. In this update : the most striking, hilarious and bizarre funny names from the games from the past few days of the games, though it’ll be hard to follow My Esteemed Colleague© Dave, who introduced us to the incomparable Saeid Mohammadpourkarkaragh and his heavyweight name a few days ago.
But ah, the skies have opened up and crazy names keep on raining down on us. Today’s most pleasant surprise was the now legendary Vania Stambolova, a Bulgarian 400m hurdler, who took off for the race of her life and yes, stumbled over the very first hurdle. Off she went, going for glory, and she ended up in headlines for having the most unfortunate name imaginable for a hurdler (short of say, Loser McNevergonnawinarace – ok, Vania has the second most unfortunate name imaginable).
I’m afraid there was no Vania Farjumper represented in the Women’s Triple Jump qualifying this year, but funny names were still present with India’s Mayookha Johny Mathalikunnel holding a pretty neat one. Unfortunately she failed to qualify for the final so I can’t in good funny-named respecting conscience recommend you watch that event.
Into team sports, where Brazil must have sighed a collective “Oh no!” when Japan’s Shinobu Ohno scored to take Japan to the semifinals (and later the final) of these Olympics. I can not adequately describe the disproportionate amount of pleasure I derive from a commentator saying that name over and over, but I can tell you that it is very funny.
Elsewhere in very fittingly named athlete news, The U.S. Men’s Beach Volleyball team included a fellow named Jake Spiker Gibb, “spiker” of course being a position in a volleyball team. Remarkably, it’s not a nickname, but his mother’s maiden name. What are the odds.
Finally, ff you’re going to be watching more Olympics coverage today, here are some pointers on who you can look for in the upcoming events :
- You may get a craving for some good ol’ fashioned American food as you watch Brazil vs. Denmark in women’s handball, featuring Denmark’s Louise Burgaard. Far-fetched? Thank you.
- In the Men’s 3m Springboard Semifinal, Britain’s Jack Laugher is jolly, presumably about diving with German Stephan Feck. The Germans have a way with these names, with Michael Fuchs having turned up last week. What’s next, a Chinese version of that? Why yes, Bai Faquan is indeed competing the Triathlon event this year.
- Other Triathlon hopefuls worth mentioning include the highly amusing Austrian Andreas Giglmayr, who will have to be careful not to giggle too much or he might not be able to finish the race, and Swiss wildman Ruedi Wild, who can’t go overboard or he might just rue di day. Apologies for that one, and thanks for reading!
That’s it for today’s Olympic update – keep tuning in for the funny name updates and if you catch a Stumbalova out there, be sure to let us know.