Thursday, August 14, 2008

Benji from Togo



So, if you're like me, you have a job, or whatever, and can't spend your entire day watching the Olympics, much as you would like to.

And, if you're like me, you DVR the games, and watch them in the middle of the night. Which is how i ended up watching white water kayaking at 3:00 am.

But I was lucky enough to see Benjamin Boukpeti compete. He's from Togo, a tiny island of 6 million people (roughly the amount of people on the R train when I leave for work in the morning), that has never won a medal in any Olympic game. Ever.

The commentators mentioned this as he was competing, and the next thing I know, I'm standing the the right of my TV (my preferred viewing spot when things get exciting), and he starting plowing through the course. He had great splits (that's sports talk), and when he finished he had won a bronze medal.

I saw part of the medal ceremony (they only showed him getting his medal, the German who won gold wasn't pictured), and he looked as excited as you'd expect, considering he'd just won a bronze medal in the Olympics.

1 comment:

  1. I looked through the medal count and Togo is still the smallest country to win a medal. Go go, Togo!

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