Faces old and new abound at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, and at one point in these next few weeks, you will inevitably find yourself saying "[X athlete] looks spookily like [Y or Z celebrity]." This is inavoidable, and the following Olympic doppelgangers are my efforts to help you in this moment when the right comparison slips your tongue. Some are perfect, others could be siblings. A couple you might have to squint a bit. But trust me: there's a reason you've never seen Nate Boudia and Jared Leto in the same room.
Cameron van der Burgh—Matthew Morrison
South African swimmer Cameron van der Burgh: just an aquatic species of Matthew “That Guy from Glee” Morrison?
Aliya Mustafini—Gloria Estefan
Aliya Mustafini is a returning member of the Russian gymnastic team competing in her second Olympics this August. She’s also proof that somewhere, a Russian oil czar has been working tirelessly in an attempt to clone and recreate his favorite Cuban-American singer songwriter, Gloria Estefan.
Shakur Stevenson—Ken Griffey Jr.
Shakur Stevenson is a young American boxer for Team U.S.A. He’s also a young Ken Griffey with a superior bandana game.
Jannick Green—Orlando Bloom
Danish handball keeper Jannick Green is basically Orlando Bloom, if Orlando Bloom was 6’5”, had the reflexes of a mandrill and didn’t unfurl his flag while paddle boarding.
Nate Ebner—Mark Sanchez
U.S. rugby sevens player / Patriots safety Nate Ebner—a.k.a. the mini Sanchize.
Brad Snyder—Kristofer Hivju
Unlike U.S. paralympic swimmer Brad Snyder, I suspect actor Kristofer “Tormund Giantsbane” Hivju would not last long in an Olympic pool. Bear fur isn’t exactly low-drag.
Hope Solo—Jennifer Carpenter
Hope Solo is Dexter’s sister in Zika-phobic soccer form.
If you added close cropped hair and a youthful, untrampled glow to DMX, he and U.S. rugby sevens lightning bolt Carlin Isles could be siblings.
Nate Boudia—Jared Leto
Like many, I found U.S. diver Nate Boudia’s “Joker” to be underwhelming and derivative. Sigh.
Taylor Phinney—Prince William
U.S. cyclist Taylor Phinney might’ve recently cloaked himself in the mustachioed disguise of the least approachable type of barista, but rest assured: he is still bicycle Prince William—pre-hairline evacuation.