Dong Dong: A Chinese trampolinist we hope bounces to Rio

With the Summer Games about to heat up in Rio, the news will not stop.

Dirty water.

Dreaded disease.

Potential terrorism.

Representation from a certain nation disqualified for doping the last get-together.

The committee for that nation appealing said disqualification down to the last minute.

A treasured and challenged gold medal winner from that last get-together set to watch this one from jail, where he sits sentenced at last for murdering his girlfriend.

Yay, sports.

And yet there’s still room for BoFN to shoulder its way in with this, um, enchanting name from the world of gymnastics.

It’s a Chinese trampolinist who has, indeed, been mentioned here twice in Olympic News roundup stories.

Dong Dong, center, shows off his. Gold Medal.

Dong Dong, center, shows off his. Gold Medal. (Photo from WikiPedia)

But now Dong Dong, gold medalist in the 2012 Olympic Games in London, has his own WikiPedia page. And it includes that colorful photo above.

So now the diminutive Chinese gentleman, a distinguished member of the squad able to bounce back to perform against stiff competition in two straight Olympic Games, has his own post.

With Olympic qualification news out of China scarce, I’m unsure if Dong Dong will stand up for China on the podium this time.

Did I just write that about a world-class athlete? Respect, Mark. Aw, heck. Over here, Dong Dong would be flush with sponsorships. Ding Dong snack cakes. Ring-a-Ding doorbells. King Kong action figures. Don King Co.-produced boxing matches. Viagra or Cialis?

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15 Responses to Dong Dong: A Chinese trampolinist we hope bounces to Rio

  1. Hmmmm, can’t say whether you’re right or Dong! ⌒°(❛ᴗ❛)°⌒

  2. kerbey says:

    “Dong-dong, the witch is dead!” According to Mr. Dong’s page, he is 27, which is akin to an overripe purpling mushy fig in the gymnastics world. I thought China sent the girls out at age 10 to work the floor? And here we have a man so clearly past his prime? Well, maybe not. Last night on Ninja Warrior, a 41-year-old completed the course. So there is still hope! Except there is no Zika Virus on Mount Midoriyama, as there is in Rio. Rio sure doesn’t seem as pretty as that parrot movie made it look.

  3. ksbeth says:

    his name was a gift, he has endless promotional possibilities ahead of him )

  4. Great post, Mark. Love that picture. He looks like he is “shooting his own guns” or maybe the Canadian competitor.

  5. wdydfae says:

    “. . . Mark takes a running leap at the trampoline and pole vaults through that balance beam for an astounding triple flip . . .”

    “. . . ask not for whom the Dong Dongs, it dings for thee . . .”

    “. . . Hey Mr. Trampoline man win a gold for me with a jingle jangle Dong Dong and a backdrop twist . . .”

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