Australian high jumper Brandon Starc will compete in the Olympic finals today, and for whatever reason, people will probably keep making Game of Thrones jokes about him. This is probably because of his mild resemblance to Isaac Hempstead Wright (they are both reedy white guys), and possibly the fact that his name sounds a whole lot like Bran Stark (a stretch, we know). Also, Starc is very good at jumping very high, while Stark is known for falling very far. The jokes spread like wildfire.
Just watched Brandon Starc compete in the High Jump... Strange, coz I thought he's actually better at the Long Drop pic.twitter.com/GB1HXxXO4B— Kate Ellora (@katellora) August 15, 2016
There is an Australian named Brandon Starc at the Olympics in high jump. No confirmation on there being a Hodor.— Sam Vecenie (@Sam_Vecenie) August 15, 2016
No one can decide which species of Australian wildlife is best inserted into a three-eyed raven joke.
You're the 3-eyed wombat now, Australian high jumper Brandon Starc.— Aaron S. Weber (@Short_epics) August 15, 2016
Starc himself seems blissfully unaware of his new Game of Thrones fans as he heads into the finals, though blissfully unaware is the default position of Starks everywhere.
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