When Sports Illustrated hits your mailbox this week, flip to page 24. You'll get a sense of just one of the many filters through which SI writers watch the Olympics: Who does he or she resemble? This week's issue features four of our favorite athlete-celeb lookalikes. I won't give any away, but SI's pick for U.S. breaststroker Rebecca Soni is my favorite. There were plenty more that didn't make the cut, however, including a few of my own.
I still can't watch Michael Phelps come out of the pool without confusing him for American Pie actor and ex-Katie Holmes fiancee Chris Klein. (It's a different story when those ears aren't pinned back.) And when Phelps' mother, Debbie, got all hysterical during his narrow win in the 100 meter, she was a dead-ringer for Everybody Loves Raymond matriarch Doris Roberts. (Don't take that as an admission that I watch ELR. I don't.) One SI reporter suggested Bela Karolyi was a moustachioed Walter Matthau knockoff. But I don't see it. Then again, I may be the only one who sees a little Naomi Watts in Nastia Liukin.
What do you think? Who's your favorite Olympic lookalike? Who plays Abhinav Bindra in the Abhinav Bindra movie? And Usain Bolt?