The 2012 Summer Olympics feature 10,500 athletes from 204 nations competing in 302 events in 26 sports. With that kind of diversity, you’re bound to come across some really interesting characters. But today we’re not looking at Olympic athletes with fascinating personal lives, hobbies, or appearances. We’ve done that already. Today we’re looking at Olympians with hilarious names. And really, with all the languages and cultures involved in the Summer Games, finding such people is like shooting fish in a barrel.
Now, some people might say that making fun of people’s names is a shallow and vain ethnocentric exercise. And to that I have two replies: first, I don’t think we’re making fun of these people. They’re amazing athletes regardless of their names; we’re just pointing out the obvious. Second, lighten up. I certainly hope our friends over in Asia and Africa make fun of the Western names that sound funny to them, because everybody needs a good laugh now and then. (Who knows, maybe something innocuous like “Bill Jones” sounds like “donkey poop” in Ethiopian.) And besides, there are some funny Western names on the list too; we’re not trying to discriminate.
Point is: this is all in good fun. So sit back, enjoy these Olympic names, and be glad they don’t belong to you. (Unless they do. In which case, I’m sorry.)
Believe it or not, this is not the only Fanny at the 2012 Summer Olympics. But she's the only one named Fanny Babou, which just sounds hilarious.
Thanks, France, for being so awesome.
40. Fanny Babou
I don't think name really sounds like anything. It's just fun to say over and over: Bin Dong. Biiiiin Donnnnng. Bin Dooooong. Bingdong.
39. Bin Dong
You see, the convention among Spanish-speaking cultures is for children to take both last names from their parents. But when the parents themselves have the same last name, the results are hilarious. And then, when you name your kid German, well the hilarity just increases ten fold.
38. German Sanchez Sanchez
I bet this poor woman really wasn't too thrilled with Los del Rio when their hit dance song became an international phenomenon. However, it does give fans a great way to cheer for her.
37. Macarena Aguilar Diaz
No explanation needed here. I'll just say that Kelsey probably had a few tough days in middle school.
36. Kelsey Titmarsh
Yeah, that's a mouthful.
35. Khalil Mahmoud K Abir Abdelrahman
With a name like this, Chris was born to swat the shuttlecock.
34. Chris Adcock
Nothing dirty about this one. I just like the name Jangy.
33. Jangy Addy
Khalil Mahmoud K Abir Abdelrahman may have Saeid Mohammadpourkarkaragh beat for longest name by three letters (29-26), but Saeid has the longest single name in the Olympics.
32. Saeid Mohammadpourkarkaragh
This is the Balkan equivalent of William Williams or James James. But you want to know the really awesome thing? Well, click next...
31. Aleksandar Aleksandrov
That's right. There are two Aleksandar Aleksandrovs from two different countries at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
30. Aleksandar Aleksandrov
Nair for short shorts! (Who wouldn't want to be named after a women's hair-removal product?)
29. Nair Almeida
This is why you don't give your kids pretty-sounding foreign words for names.
28. Lady Andrade
International recording artist, ex-husband of J-Lo, and an Olympic judoka. Mark Anthony is a jack of all trades.
27. Mark Anthony
If his name was something like Francis Archibong it would not be quite as funny as Koko Archibong.
Here's another great case of a Spaniard whose parents had the same last name. It must sound like the sports announcers have a stutter when they talk about her.
24. Jenifer Benitez Benitez
Just being named Andy Dick is pretty awesome. But throwing the "Adibo" in there really is a nice touch. (You've got to say it fast...Andy Adibodick.
23. Andrew Adibo Dick
I'm assuming this name doesn't have the same connotation in the Ukraine that it would in English speaking parts of the world.
22. Hanna Titimets
Yeah, that's unfortunate.
21. Chris Brown
It's a good thing this guy isn't a politician, because with that name his opponents would have a field day with the attack ads.
20. Bolade Apithy
No sexual connotations here. Just plain funny to say quickly like it's all one word...fu-mi-yuki-beppu...fumiyukibeppu.
19. Fumiyuki Beppu
With a name like Endurance, this woman had no choice but to be a runner.
18. Endurance Abinuwa
Hey! Get your hands off Mahboob!
17. Ali Hasan Mahboob
If you don't get this one, I'm certainly not going to be the one to defile your innocence.
16. Yoo Suk Kim
Maybe it's just me, but this one sounds...dirty.
15. Vagelis Himonas
"Hey, remember that time I tried to impress my friends by telling them I was Donggeun Yu?"
14. Donggeun Yu
Not a very ladylike name.
13. Friederike Belcher
Another Belcher? And at least the last one was German, so she didn't have to get teased like I'm sure this guy did.
12. Matthew Belcher
Yeow. That's an adult film star name if ever I heard one. (Not that I know anything about adult films.)
11. Karen Cockburn
Someone get this guy some SPF 70.
10. Liam Tancock
Get it? It's like a Japanese person describing what Yoshie is doing in broken English.
9. Yoshie Takeshita
This guy aint no amateur. He's a Mastushita.
8 Momotaro Mastushita
This is Julio...but also Gary.
7. Julio Alsogaray
I don't care if you can trace your family back for 10 generations, if your surname is Butland, you've gotta change your name.
6. Jack Butland
Not to be confused with Brent Olddick.
5. Brent Newdick
Wait, how many nipples? Seven?
4. Sven Knipphals
Destinee is already kind of a stripper name as it is, but with a last name like Hooker...just...wow.
3. Destinee Hooker
Clearly I don't fully understand the intricacies of Chinese naming conventions. I wonder if he has a brother named Ding Dong?
2. Dong Dong
This poor woman, whose Chinese name is actually Cheuk Yuen Poon, may have been born in Hong Kong, but she grew up in Montreal from the age of 11. Luckily, that's a very cosmopolitan city and the kids are used to "different" sounding names, otherwise her childhood would probably have been unbearable.
1. Victoria Poon
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