The Olympic Games produces two kinds of darlings.
One kind is the big winners as Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps.
The other kind is the big losers. As reported in the post Olympic Moments the 1988 Winter Games had the Brit “Eddie the Eagle” in ski jumping. The 2000 Sydney Summer Games had the swimmer Eric “The Eel” Moussambani. The 2012 London Summer Games now has Hamadou Djibo Issaka in rowing.
The ski jumper Eddie the Eagle came from a country that hates snow and comes to a full stop at the first sight of the white fluffy stuff from above. The rower Hamadou Djibo Issaka comes from Niger, a country almost only covered by desert.
Such braveness in competing way out of your comfort zone naturally brings me to the subject of big data experts.
A while ago I noticed a tweet by Neil Raden:
Oh yes. It’s amazing how many big data experts we have seen emerging in the short life of the big data buzz.