Oh, Fumiyuki Beppu, we hardly knew yu.
Self-described as the ‘Fastest Ninja on 2 Wheels‘, Fumiyuki was originally in 7th place in the top 50 Olympic name countdown.
That was until I learnt recently about Rich Fellers, a name which, while not as much fun to say as Fumiyuki Beppi, is certainly more suggestive and incredibly well suited to the equestrian endeavour.
So Beppu was bumped.
Because I had scheduled the names in advance, it was too late (and to be honest, too much effort) to re-jig things entirely. Much simpler to perform a straight substitution: Beppu out, Fellers in.
But it’s a shame – near a crime – for Beppu not to appear at all; hence him being bloggified here. It’s such a beautiful name to say.
Fumiyuki Beppu: We salute yu.