Shortcutting… Athlete-Stalking

4 Aug

As pretty much none of my readers are British, it seems unwise to spend too long discussing Britain’s recent medal successes, but I will allow myself a quick WOOO!!!!!! Six in a day!!! Okay, now that’s out of my system, on to more pressing matters. Although I have been constantly checking the London 2012 website to keep track of what’s happening (so many events! So little time!), and how the medal count is looking, it was not till today that I discovered what a wealth of information is available on the athletes themselves. Curious about long jumper Greg Rutherford’s age, I clicked on his athlete profile thing to discover not only that he is 25, but also that his nicknames include ‘Ruthers’ and ‘Gregatron’ – how great is that! Interested by the apparently enormous height difference between heptathletes Jessica Ennis and Tatyana Chernova, I found out not only that they are 165cm and 190cm respectively, but also that Ennis has a Labrador called Myla and Chernova’s hobbies include sports (no shit), cars, shooting, horse riding and travelling. I’m telling you, this website brings stalking to a whole new level. I urge you – choose an athlete you don’t know much about, click on a few links, and soon you’ll know their birth date and place, height, weight, age, past events participated in and results, nicknames, hobbies, occupation (so far I haven’t seen any that aren’t ‘athlete’ but I live in hope!), education, family, languages spoken, club name, coach, injuries, start of sporting career, reason for taking up this sport, ambitions, training, most memorable sporting achievement, hero, most influential person in career, superstitions/ rituals, sporting philosophy/ motto, and awards. Well, maybe only the most high-profile athletes have quite such extensive profiles but even if you can’t become a complete expert on your athlete, I’m sure you’ll learn a few new things.

Before I end this post I’d just like to mention Michael Phelps, who retires today after his final race of the London 2012 Olympics. He won four gold medals at the Athens Olympics, eight in Beijing (more than any other athlete at an Olympics), and a further four this year, not to mention two silvers and two bronzes just to polish things off. Basically, he’s awesome. He (quite literally (ish)) blew everyone else out of the water, particularly at Beijing, and I’m sure the pool will feel strangely empty without him. To link this to the rest of the post, I have used his athlete profile to say a few words:

Michael Phelps has come along way since being born 27 years ago on the 30th June 1985 in Towson, USA. Having swum since the age of five, Phelps (or MP to his buddies) has followed in the path of his heroes Pablo Morales and Michael Jordan to become one of the world’s greatest athletes. Maybe upon retirement he will be able to spend more time on his hobbies: playing video games and watching television. Whatever he does next, let us hope that he always bears in mind his sports motto – the words of his coach Bob Bowman: “The solution lies within us.”

Life is a bath – some sink, some swim. (Alternative version: Life is a bath – the longer you stay in, the more wrinkly you get.)

Keep shortcutting,



4 Responses to “Shortcutting… Athlete-Stalking”

  1. faydanamyjake August 5, 2012 at 8:55 am #

    I will wooo with you 🙂 not bad for a little island is it 🙂

    • shortcutting August 5, 2012 at 11:15 am #

      Yes! And still a week to go! Go team GB!

  2. ribbie August 7, 2012 at 11:02 am #

    Fun post! Team GB has been impressive – Gregatron, Jason Kenny, and countless others have done the host country proud. I’ll have to give the website a look to find out more about some of the athletes.

    • shortcutting August 9, 2012 at 11:20 pm #

      Yes indeed – #HomeAdvantage all the way! Definitely do – it really enhances the Games Experience…

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