The Olympic Swimmer Who’d Never Been in an Olympic-Size Pool
To bring the Olympic spirit to developing nations in the late 1990s, the Olympic Committee allowed a small number of “wild card” athletes to join the Games. But because they didn’t have to go through any qualifying rounds to compete, not all of the contenders arrived prepared.
One such athlete was a swimmer from Equatorial Guinea named Eric Moussambani. When Moussambani arrived at the 2000 Sydney Games, he’d only been training for the 100-meter freestyle for about eight months. He’d also never been in an Olympic-size pool and had never raced more than 50 meters. Regardless, he was determined to represent his country.
What a guy.
I haven’t really been paying attention to the preparation for the Olympics. It’s one of those major events where you just want to focus on the positive, look forward to seeing the world’s greatest athletes do their thing on a global stage. But man, after reading this comic, it hardly even seems worth it. Can you imagine being stopped on the street because the drink you’re holding or the shirt you’re wearing isn’t an official sponsor? Did you know there will be unmanned drones monitoring the games? Does any of that seem like overkill to you?
The latest chainsawsuit is a little more lighthearted, and I thought it was just a good joke about how terrible design-by-committee tends to be. Nope! The mascots really are that creepy:
Makes me wonder how Londoners feel about all this.
(via Comic Strip of the Day)