The funny names of the games
Amongst the heavy competition in London, there has been a flurry of lighter moments, including some extremely humorous athlete names.
From ironic competitor names, to rude sounding athlete names. The Olympics have given us everything from unbelievable action to some comical genius.
Vania Stumbolova is an extremely unfortunate name for a hurdler. The Bulgarian athlete lived up to her surname at the London Olympics, stumbling over during the heats of the 400-metre hurdles and failing to finish the race.
In a nightmare start to the event, the 28-year-old tripped on the first jump and tumbled onto the track, dashing her hopes of a semi-final berth and securing her name in ironic Olympic history.
Oh, for Feck’s sake. What about Stephen Feck.
It was one of those moments that made thousands of spectators wince. But Stephen Feck doesn’t give a ‘Feck’. The Olympics is where all the star athletes from around the world gather to find out who is the best of the very best. This German diver unfortunately had a dive in with some very bad luck when he flopped into the pool during his dive and to make matters worse, the video has gone viral.
China’s Dong Dong added a gold to the bronze he won in Beijing with a score of 62.990 in the final of the men’s trampolining. The Chinese male trampoline gymnast gold medal was added to his golden name, what a tremendous first and last name.
Similarly, Ding Ning or Ning Ding was upset in the women’s table tennis gold medal match in a stormy, all-Chinese women’s singles final. Ning Ding is the world number one and finished her Olympic campaign in tears. Her name didn’t upset viewers.
It is juvenile, but interestingly, rude names have made everyone giggle along our life journey at some time. The 2012 London Olympic Games has had its own share of them.
Non other than New Zealand’s Brent Newdick.
What about Japanese Volleyballer Yoshi Takeashita.
And then there is the Canadian Trampoliner whose name could have been awkward for the commentators to announce, Karen Cockburn.
Then Iran’s weightlifter Saeid Mohammadpourkarkaragh presents a mouthful… try saying that three times.
Childish or funny.
Plenty of these names have thrown up some memorable moments, acting as a slideshow to all the main success’ and failures of the memorable London Olympic Games of 2012.