'Game of Thrones' Fans Are Going Crazy for Olympian Brandon Starc
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Of all the familiar non-athlete names popping up at Rio (still great to have you here, Leslie Jones and Matthew McConaughey), we were NOT expecting to hear from Game of Thrones' resident paraplegic time-traveler. Brandon Starc is back on his feet?
No, the Olympics committee didn't misspell House Stark's second son's surname: Starc is an acclaimed high jumper from Australia. And we can't help but notice he bears a passing resemblance to Isaac Hempstead Wright, the young actor who portrays his Thrones namesake.
Starc too knows what it's like to constantly get overshadowed by a big bro, thanks to his older sibling, the famous cricketer Mitchell Starc. Even where the Olympics are concerned, Brandon Starc is hardly the first of his name: there have been 13 Starks spread across seven countries throughout the history of these Games. (It's also worth noting that House Tully has seen a decent Olympic showing as well, from six different competitors; no Hodors or Wylises, though.)
Still, no TV show can rob(b) Starc of his high-jump prowess -- especially when his namesake is best known for taking a tumble. Starc competed in the finals in Rio today (sadly, he didn't medal), and he is aware of his recent surge of fan love:
So overwhelmed with the amount of support from close and far. Thank you all so much. Time to recover and go bigger in the final!— Brandon Starc (@Brandonstarc93) August 15, 2016
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