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The 10 best names at the Rio Olympics

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10. Regina George

The queen of the Plastics will be competing in Rio. Okay, to be fair, this Regina George is not the "evil dictator" of a high school clique, nor does she wear pink on Wednesdays. Make no mistake, though, the real Regina George is certainly a diva (just check her Twitter handle, @DivaOnTheTrack). Born in Chicago like her fictional blonde counterpart, George competes in track and field for her father's nation, Nigeria. She will race the 400m event in what will be her second Olympics this summer. That's pretty grool if you ask us.


9. Anzor Boltukayev

It is difficult to decide which is more intimidating, Bultukayev's (boll-tuh-KIE-yev) given name or his nickname, "The God of Thunder." The Russian of Chechen decent is currently the world's top-ranked wrestler in the 97kg (214 lbs) weight class. He is a favorite to win gold in Rio, and should that happen, Thor might have to relinquish his title. 

8. Virginia Thrasher

If ever there was the perfect name a spy novel protagonist, Virginia Thrasher might be that name. Appropriately, the real-life Thrasher is a deadeye sharpshooter who will compete at Rio 2016 in the 10m Air Rifle and Three-Position Rifle events. Thrasher is a sophomore at West Virginia University, where she more commonly goes by “Ginny.”


7. Rafinha

At the peak of its greatness, the Brazil’s national football team sported the likes of Rivellino, Ronaldo, Romario, Rivaldo, and Ronaldinho. Recently, the Seleção have fallen on dark times, and the names of the featured players have been, perhaps not coincidently, just as disappointing (see: Jo, Fred, Oscar). The FC Barcelona midfielder might not yet possess the talent of the aforementioned greats, but Rafinha (Rah-FEEN-yah) certainly revives the tradition of great Brazilian names.

6. Alistair Brownlee

Alistair Brownlee might be the most English-sounding name this side of Benedict Cumberbatch. Four years ago, Brownlee draped himself in glory winning triathlon gold in his home nation. The following year, he was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire in recognition of his accomplishments on behalf of Great Britain. If Brownlee can successfully defend his gold this August in Rio, he will be well on his way to becoming Sir Alistair Brownlee.

5. Ranomi Kromowidjojo

Dutch freestyle swimmer Ranomi Kromowidjojo (Rah-NO-me Kro-mo-why-JO-jo) is of Javanese Surinamese heritage and her last name when translated from Javanese means “Orderly Victory.” Already an Olympic gold medalist three times over between Beijing and London, the 25-year-is no stranger to orderly victories. She will look to add on to an already stellar international career in Rio this August.


4. Pedro Pablo Pichardo

Not only is the 23-year-old triple jumper one of Cuba’s best hopes at a medal in Rio, his name is a triumph of alliteration. At one point Pichardo had aspirations of a professional boxing career, but in 2009 he began to specialize in the triple jump. Since then, he has won silver at the 2013 and 2015 world championships, becoming one of only five men to jump over 18 meters in the process. 


3. William Speed Lane Fox-Pitt

Yes, that is indeed his full, given name at birth. The English equestrian eventer inherits each part of his name from his father (William Oliver Lane Fox-Pitt) and mother (Marietta Speed). Already with a staggering 32 years of competition in his sport to his name, Fox-Pitt will surely be one of the most seasoned athletes competing at the Rio Games. Last October, the three-time Olympic medalist suffered severe head trauma when he fell from his horse, putting him in a coma for two weeks. He has cited Rio as one of the strongest motivating factors of his recovery. 

2. Dong Dong

As far as trampolinists — and names — go, it doesn't get much better than Dong Dong. The Chinese gymnast followed up a bronze medal in the trampoline event at Beijing 2008 with gold in London, and will defend his title this August in Rio. With a name like Dong Dong, is it really any wonder that greatness has found him?

1. Usain Bolt

There is no more fitting name for any athlete anywhere in the world. In fact, the fastest man in history might just be the human embodiment of a lightning bolt. The six-time gold medalist may be firmly in the latter half of his career as a sprinter (he turns 30 the night of the Olympic Closing Ceremonies, August 21), but even so, Bolt is one of the world’s most recognizable athletes and certainly still possesses the speed to collect even more gold at his third Olympics.

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