Saturday, August 09, 2008

I love the Olympics.

And they're on again.

First of all--tape or TiVo handball. It's an awesome sport that NBC is showing on its secondary and tertiary stations overnight. You'll be glad you took the time to watch.

Second, you might recall (OK, none of you do) that four years ago, I became a fan of a swimmer from Madagascar named Aina Andriamanjatoarimanana. She was knocked out in the prelims.

I'm afraid that I got Ms. Andriamanjatoarimanana's name wrong. It turns out that her name is actually Tojohanitra Tokin' Aina Andriamanjatoarimanana.

I'll have to do a little research to see what the other names mean. Are they all first and middle names?

Anyway, Andriamanjatoarimanana (I refuse to call her Aina, Tojohanitra, or Tokin', as I don't know her well enough) returns for her second Olympics. She was only 13 in Athens when she swam the 50-meter freestyle in 29.35 seconds, the 55th-best time in the competition. Now she's 17, and she's improved her time to 29.07 as of last year's World Championships. (As a point of comparison, Inge de Bruin won the gold in Athens with a time of 24.58. And TRP could swim 50 meters in about a day and a half...less if you gave him a kickboard.)

Anyway, I'm rooting for Tojohanitra Tokin' Aina Andriamanjatoarimanana. Tojohanitra Tokin' Aina Andriamanjatoarimanana's heat is scheduled for Friday, and you can expect me to provide Tojohanitra Tokin' Aina Andriamanjatoarimanana updates here at Tojohanitra Tokin' Aina Andriamanjatoarimanana Central.

Let's chant it together:

Tojohanitra Tokin' Aina Andriamanjatoarimanana!
Tojohanitra Tokin' Aina Andriamanjatoarimanana!
Tojohanitra Tokin' Aina Andriamanjatoarimanana!
Tojohanitra Tokin' Aina Andriamanjatoarimanana!

1 comment:

Greg said...

Arrgh! What idiot set every single link on the http://en.beijing2008.cn web site to open in a new window? Basic web design FAIL.