Sun-Times columnist Greg Couch was in Beijing for the Olympics and evidently parlayed his tall frame into an autograph session at the closing ceremonies.
Chris Tomlinson of the Rocky Mountain News recounts the brush with fame.
" Tall, gawky white men were in Sunday in
After the Olympics Closing Ceremonies, Chicago Sun-Times sports columnist Greg Couch and I headed onto the field at National Stadium, where the partying after the event was to continue well into the night.
Greg, who is from
, and I walked around and took plenty of photos of the performers in the ceremonies. Soon, though, they were approaching us and asking to have photos taken of us with them. After a while, dozens had asked. Denver
Evidently there was also some impromptu fencing that took place, as well.
Couch and Tomlinson were not the only ones who enjoyed an influx of attention due to a case of mistaken identity. There's this video of Steve Parry, the British-born swimmer who won the bronze medal in the 200 m butterfly in Athens, trying frantically to convince the Chinese he is not Michael Phelps.
Considering the charmed life Phelps has been living lately, Parry may went to capitalize on this somehow.