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Ron Judd, an Olympics junkie and Seattle Times columnist who has covered Olympic sports since 1997, will use this space to serve up news and opinion on the Summer and Winter Games -- also inviting you to chime in on Planet Earth's biggest get-together.

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August 11, 2008 10:13 AM

His right hook is actually a claw

Posted by Ron Judd

Combing through the media guides, one of our friends in Beijing passes along the following nugget in the bio for heavyweight U.S. boxer Deontay Wilder:

Hometown: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Birthdate: October 22, 1985
Height: 6-7
Weight: 198 pounds
Reach: 34 1/2
Occupation: Budweiser driver and Red Lobster

Meanwhile, our old friend Greg Bishop of the New York Times, obviously similarly engaged, was struck by the name of a women's weightlifter: Prapawadee Jaroenrattanatarakoon, who he promptly nominated for "Name of the Games."

BIshop writes:

"At the risk of my journalistic integrity, I'm hoping to collect a signature from Jaroenrattanatarakoon this afternoon, mostly because I want to see what 21 letters -- in one last name -- looks like scrawled across the steno pad. (Note to bosses: this would count as journalistic curiosity, not an autograph.)

There's an Iranian lifter named Fakhri Satvatnazhad Tehrani. Say the two meet on the mat and it's love at first lift. She could be Prapawadee Jaroenrattanatarakoon-Satvatnazhad Tehrani.

It's not that far-fetched. Four years ago, at the Athens Games, the Czech rifle shooter Katerina Kurkova had won a bronze medal and was doing some TV work for a Czech station. When reporting on the 50-meter rifle three position, a shooter named Matt Emmons was in contention for the gold medal but shot at the wrong target. Kurkova offered her sympathy, and they were married in 2007.

Katerina Emmons won the first gold medal of these Beijing Games on Saturday."

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