Today, the Blog of Funny Names begins a lofty undertaking: compiling a list of the funniest names at the 2014 Winter Olympics at Sochi.
Loyal readers of the BoFN will know just how significant the Olympics are for our success: back in 2012, when this blog was in its infancy, the 2012 London Summer Olympics initiated a tour-de-force of traffic that changed the history of this blog. Only two days of Olympics traffic in July completely obliterated our previous monthly record for blog hits, and then August – as you can see – brought us into a different stratosphere.
While we don’t expect the same results – the Winter Olympics is far less prominent than its summer counterpart – it still presents us the opportunity to delve into some extraordinary funny names. Whereas the summer Olympics provided some high-yield hilarious names from tropical countries, Sochi lets us explore funny names of the Nordic variety.
We’re all about diversity, y’all!
Without further ado, some early offerings from the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics roster. We’ll be providing more doozies throughout the coming weeks.
14 of the Funniest Names from the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics
Erla Asgeirsdottir and Helga Maria Vilhjalmsdottir – Fun fact: “Dottir” means “daughter” in Icelandic, so presumably these two young Alpine skiers (Erla is 19 and Helga is 18) have fathers named Asgeir and Vilhjalm, both of whom must be looking on proudly.
- Ieva Januškevičiūtė – A Lithuanian alpine skier. Longtime readers of this blog know I’m a sucker for ladies from former Soviet nations, and when you add on a name with no fewer than four unusual characters, I’m positively smitten.
- Cathleen Martini – I’m sure this veteran bobsledder’s name isn’t particularly funny in Germany, but for English-speaking drinkers, it certainly inspires … something. James Bond would be proud.
- Thomas Hundertpfund – It’s just crazy how in a few short years, I’ve become older than most Olympic athletes. Thomas Hundertpfund is a 24-year-old Austrian who plays hockey for Timrå IK in the HockeyAllsvenskan league, and is in Sochi to represent his home country, as well as people with the “rtpf” combo in their names worldwide.
Per Spett – Here’s a guy about my age, but with a beard that would take me lifetimes to grow. He’s a 3-time Olympian mogul skier who has yet to end up on a podium, but his beard still holds a special place in all of our hearts.
- Satoshi Sakashita, Macarena Simari Birkner and Byambadorj Bold – Byambadorj is a cross country skier from Mongolia, Macarena (in addition to being a popular 90s dance) is an Argentinean Alpine Skier, and Mr. Sakashita is a Japanese short-track speed skater. All three prove that you needn’t be Nordic to rock an awesome name at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
- Sugar Raeshelle-Faye Chelsea Todd – Finishing our inaugural lineup of funny names is Sugar Todd, an American speed skater from Omaha, Nebraska. The 23-year-old is a first-time Olympian and will be racing to make her home country proud in Sochi.
That’s our first dose of funny names from the 2014 Sochi Olympics. We’ll be administering more throughout the week. Before we close out Monday’s post, though, we must give special attention to Athanassios Tsakiris and Panagiota Tsakiris. The Greek father-daughter duo were the first flag bearers of the Olympics (Greece always goes first, followed by the other countries alphabetically according to the host country’s alphabet), earning them some special recognition.
We wish all these athletes (and Per Spett’s beard) the best as they pursue athletic greatness and make their countries proud.