Naming Babies After Olympic Champions

10 years ago
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Zimbabwean swimmer and world record holder, Kirsty Coventry, has been called a "national treasure" by the head of the Zimbabwe Olympic Committee and "golden girl" by the Zimbabwean President. She brought her native Zimbabwe their first Olympic medal ever during the 2004 Olympics.

That prompted Zimbabweans to start naming their babies after her. Several newborn babies were named Kirsty, some with the middle name Coventry, others were even called "Goldmedal" or "Threemedals" to celebrate her Athens haul.

Since she has won a few more medals in Beijing, I'm thinking that there may be more Kirsty's born in Zimbabwe again this year...or maybe even a "Fourmedals."

That got me thinking. How many "Phelps" do you think will be born in the U.S.A. over the next few months? Would you consider naming your baby after an Olympic Champion?

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