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Weird But True 11 Olympic Doppelgängers
by Matt Rudnitsky and Evan Sporer | 3:41 pm, August 9th, 2012
Looking for doppelgängers is an American pastime. You watch Chris Bosh, you think
Velociraptor. You see Stephen Colbert, you think Bob Saget. The feeling of a successful “call” is the best feeling us non-athletes will ever experience. It’s true glory. This is our Olympics. Our Miracle On Ice.
And speaking of the Olympics, they’re a doppelgänger-spotter’s heaven. A field day.
These are the athletes. These are their ringers. Enjoy.
Lucão is the man of the left, a 6'11" Brazillian volleyball player. Marc Gasol is the man of the right, a 7'1" Spanish basketball center. They may play different sports and speak different languages, but I'm fairly sure Lucão could stealthily kill Marc, fly to Memphis and play for the Grizzlies while writers everywhere wonder how his basketball skills deteriorated. THEY'D NEVER KNOW.
Orlando Bloom was a pirate in a movie. Andrea Baldini is a fencer. They both know their way around a sword. They (probably) go to the same barber.
3.The Joneses Sisters
Left, Lolo Jones. Right, Rashida Jones. Rashida cries in movies. Lolo cries when the
Times rips her to shreds.
Misty May-Treanor, legendary beach volleyball player. Mia Hamm, legendary soccer player. Americans. Doppelgängers.
American tennis player Mardy Fish and English footballer David Beckham. Neither one of these guys
actually played in the Olympics, but Beckham lit the torch, and Mardy could have played if he didn't withdraw. It's our list, so it counts.
The guy on the left is Shakeel Abbasi, a Pakistani field hockey player. The guy on the right is Professor Igor Karkaroff from Harry Potter, a Death Eater. Their jobs: very different. Their faces: not so much.
Jakkrit Panichpatikum is the guy on the left. He's a Thai shooter. The dude on the right is Hiroyuki Sanada. He was in Rush Hour 3, Lost, The Last Samurai and other stuff. No one has ever seen them in the same room.
8.Cyclin' Drew Brees
One man is making $40 million this year. The other is cyclist Michael Albasini. No word on if he has a birthmark.
Seann William Scott, better known as Stifler from American Pie, is a dead ringer for Andy Roddick. He even played a tennis coach in the criminally-underrated film
Balls Out: Gary The Tennis Coach. Unfortunately for Stifler, he's not married to Brooklyn Decker.
10.High-Jumping Power Ranger
The big photo is of an original Power Ranger. The other guy is Gianmarco Tamberi, Italian High Jumper. Both like to jump a lot. The Ranger is past his prime, but used to be the coolest bro in this picture. Now he does MMA, apparently. Oh, how the mighty (morphin') have fallen.
11.Neil Patrick Rutherford
Neil Patrick Harris didn't win a gold medal for the host country.
Or did he?