Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Famous For Britain

Duncan Goodhew.

The BBC calls him "Britain's most famous swimmer."

I've never heard of him either.

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Anonymous Shredny Vashtar said...

We're often told that Americans are only interested in the success of their own athletes, and fall short of the modern Olympian ideal, which is to admire athletic prowess regardless of the athlete's country of origin. Your post seems to be an example of this.

However, were you to have researched further, you'd have found out that Goodhew was the captain of the British swimming team in the 1980 Olympics, and won a bronze and a gold. He is totally bald, which makes him instantly recognizable. Search Wikipedia for him if you want to find out more.

Oh, wait: the U.S. did not compete in the 1980 Olympics, did it? Why not? Something to do with troops occupying Afghan territory. Funny, that!

10:47 AM  
Blogger Smitty Werbenmanjensen said...

Hi, Shredny, and thanks for your comment. I will note here that the hyperlink of Mr. Goodhew's name goes directly to the wikipedia entry you cite.

10:57 AM  

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