Greetings funny names fans! I apologize for the brevity, I’m running up against some unexpected deadlines on the home front and I’m not as creative as Dave is under pressure.
Now that the Olympics have come to a close, let’s recap some of the more memorable names in Olympic History.
Even though Michael Phelps does not have a funny name, we have to give him a nod as the most decorated Olympic athlete with 31 medals to his name and because he talked about changing his kid’s diaper during an interview.
Followed up by Ukranian gymnast, Larisa Latynina with 18 Olympic medals. Anyway you spell it, she has a great name.
Finnish runner Paavo Nurmi is one of only 4 athletes to win 9 Olympic gold medals. He was associated with a team of Finnish athletes known as the “Flying Finns”. He was the first athlete in Olympic history to win five gold medals in a single game. His total medal count you ask, 12.
My personal favorite, American swimmer, Mark Spitz.
He swam with a fabulous mustache at a time when most swimmers removed excess hair. His record of 7 gold medals in one Olympic competition stood for 36 years until Michael Phelps broke the record in Beijing. He earned 11 medals. Incidentally, when he was 42 years old, he was paid $1 million as a promotional stunt to swim in an Olympic qualifier. He missed the cut by 3 seconds. Not bad when you consider he was still swimming as fast as he did when he was in his twenties. Maybe that’s where Dara Torres got the inspiration?
And we’ll round out the count with Sawao Kato, gymnast, from Japan. He did for gymnastics what Michael Phelps did for swimming, earning 8 gold medals over the course of 3 Olympics. More than any other gymnast in Olympic history. Total medal count, 12.
Let’s call that a wrap. Or at least a short list.