Meet Kevin Van Valkenburg. If you read his story about Michael Phelps in today's Medal Stand, you already know that he is a very talented writer at The Baltimore Sun.
For the last few years, one of his main beats at the paper has been covering Olympic swimming, specifically Phelps and Katie Hoff. He'll be in Beijing to monitor their every move.
Van Valkenburg has always tried his best to convey to readers just how good they are, but earlier this summer he took his quest to another level. He agreed to let a swim instructor attempt to teach him more about the butterfly stroke, the one that Phelps swims better than anybody.
As a sportswriter, I've always been a big believer that we should, whenever possible, attempt to do as well as observe.
This meant of course that Kevin would have to jam his body into a speedo to make himself more aero-dynamically sound.
Talk about putting all you have into a story.
He also allowed the whole thing to be filmed, making sure that everyone on the Internet has a chance to make fun of him for years to come ...
I've got to give him credit for having the guts to try something like this, but I still feel bad for him. If he and his wife ever have kids, this video will be on a running loop on the family computer.
If you get squeamish at the thought of a fat guy in a speedo, now is the time to read something else. Otherwise, get ready for one of the funniest swimming related videos on the Internet ...
- Van Valkenburg