If Swimming Emojis Raced, Who Would Win The Women’s Olympic 10K Marathon Swim?

If Swimming Emojis Raced, Who Would Win The Women’s Olympic 10K Marathon Swim?

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Emojis are used globally and symbolize people swimming in a pool or in open bodies of water. While the prior versions of iOS on the iPhone lacked goggles, the currently used emojis are generally geared up as contemporary competitive swimmers are.

Emojis originated in Japan and were initially created by Softbank in 1997 for use in electronic messages and websites. Over the last decade, emojis became increasingly popular. “I was thinking of another thought experiment where we considered what emoji  would win the Tokyo Olympics 10 km marathon swim in Odaiba Marine Park,” pondered Steven Munatones.

A description of the theoretical swimming emoji line-up in Tokyo Bay is as follows:

  • Apple Annie has an excellent streamlined body position and a good finish of her stroke. 
  • Apple Angel has the same streamlined body position and a good finish of her stroke, but she wears a techsuit. 
  • Google Grace looks strong and is great in rough water conditions and around turn buoys, but the flat water of Tokyo Bay is not her strength. 
  • Samsung Sally is versatile swimmer, but her lower body rides too low in the water and is not compensated by a strong kick. 
  • Microsoft Madison is a little too stiff to be a threat in a human race. 
  • WhatsApp Whitney has a nice long stroke and will be in the lead pack towards the end. 
  • Twitter Tiffany is quite fashionable and photogenic, but without goggles, she gives away her non-competitive focus. 
  • Facebook Felicity has the speed and stamina to compete for a podium position with a nice streamlined stroke and flat body position and nice body rotation. 
  • JoyPixels Jasmine will take it out fast, but the 10 km is a little bit out of her wheelhouse. 
  • OpenMoji Olivia without a swim cap and goggles is more a wild swimmer who enjoys Mother Nature rather than a competitive race.
  • Messenger Melania is primarily a pool swimmer, but with goggles and experience, she is prepping for 2024.

The first 2.5 km lap of the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim was uneventful and the group swam cautiously and slowly.  By the halfway point, everyone but Microsoft Madison, Twitter Tiffany, Messenger Melania​, and OpenMoji Olivia was still hanging on in the lead pack.

The Apple twins (Annie and Angel) picked up the pace in the third lap with WhatsApp Whitney and Facebook Felicity drafting right behind.  The quartet held a tight pack throughout the third lap until Facebook Felicity made her move with 600 meters to go.  WhatsApp Whitney followed immediately off her right hip and the swimmers made a four-wide pack.  

WhatsApp Whitney was stuck on the outside of the four-wide around the last turn buoy.  She tried to make a nice inside cut, but lost a valuable bit of ground and found herself at the ankles of the Apple twins.  Annie and Angel stuck together going stroke-for-stroke with Facebook Felicity.  The top three were not about to let WhatsApp Whitney back in the race and they all veered towards the finish pontoon.

The trio spread out a bit over the last 200 meters, but when they entered the finish chute with 25 meters to go, Facebook Felicity. and Apple Angel sprinted into a half-body lead.  They slammed into one another, but it was not enough for Apple Annie and WhatsApp Whitney to catch up.  Facebook Felicity.was breathing away from the Apple Angel who was on her right side.  As the pair reached up to the finish pads on their final stroke, it was a photo finish.  But the officials gave the gold medal to Apple Angel, and the silver to Facebook Felicity.  WhatsApp Whitney squeezed by Apple Annie for the bronze.

  • Gold: Apple Angel
  • Silver: Facebook Felicity
  • Bronze: WhatsApp Whitney
  • 4th: Apple Annie
  • 5th: JoyPixels Jasmine
  • 6th: Google Grace
  • 7th: Samsung Sally 
  • 8th: Twitter Tiffany 
  • 9th: Messenger Melania
  • 10th: Microsoft Madison 
  • 11th: OpenMoji Olivia

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Steven Munatones