Microkhan by Brendan I. Koerner

When Frisians Soar

September 16th, 2009 · No Comments


We’ve always had a shaky handle on the definition of “feedback loop,” but we think this might qualify as a case in point. Yesterday, we noticed a fair bit of traffic coming Microkhan’s way thanks to a fantastic Ask MetaFilter thread slugged “Who are the best athletes nobody has heard of?” We were honored that a couple of our kabaddi paeans got shouted-out. Yet what truly brought a broad smile to our lips was the mention of a sportsman heretofore unknown ’round these parts: the great Bart Helmholt, master of the Frisian art of Fierljeppen. See above for the man at his best; perhaps the modern pentathlon powers-that-be should consider adding Fieljeppen to their line-up, instead of opting for those lasers. We’d certainly pay a mint to see the modern hexathon.

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