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Queen Quedith Earth Harrison Is Beijing Bound

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Meet one of the youngest members of the U.S. Olympic track and field team; Virginia Tech's Queen Quedith Earth Harrison. In addition to being a talented runner and having a name that sings, the 19-year-old has another thing going for her: A large rooting section. Harrison has 22 brothers and sisters, and their names get even more interesting.

Her father has 23 children, 9 with her mother, Harrison said. Her sisters have names like Graceful, Empress, Princess and Muun. An older brother is named God Goldin Zig Zag Zig Allah. Of her own name, Harrison said: “It’s a challenging name to live up to. When your dad names you Queen, you’re kind of expected to be great in whatever you put your mind to.”


Her siblings, who range in age from 33 to 11, are named Graceful, Zuequal, Muun, King Master, Princess, Goldin, Queen, Empress and Victory. Not only that, but her father — currently in prison on drug charges — should be released just in time to see her in the Olympics, which will be his first time seeing her race. All of this is causing Bob Costas to thank the leprechaun gods for timing his birth so that he would be broadcasting these Olympics. Look for him to mention this family about, oh, 200 times next month. Hurdling All Obstacles [Washington Post] A Hurdler Lives Up To Her Name [The New York Times]