Books David Wallechinsky Books by David Wallechinsky David Wallechinsky has written books about: Sports Nonfiction Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email NPR stories about David Wallechinsky Nathan Leeper of the United States jumps during the IAAF World Championships in this photo from 2001. A high jumper, Leeper is one of several athletes whose name suited their sport. Andy Lyons/Allsport/Getty hide caption toggle caption Andy Lyons/Allsport/Getty The Torch Olympic Athletes' Names: Endurance (Track), Moist (Swimming), And A Leeper July 25, 2012 "What's in a name?" William Shakespeare once wrote in Romeo and Juliet, long before the Olympics ever came to London. It turns out that some Olympic names herald the greatness athletes seek — and the events they enter — while some bear monikers better suited for others.