A documentary on Tongan luger Bruno Banani is playing across Germany starting this weekend, but American fans can get a taste of the film by watching two trailers.
“Being Bruno Banani” features the first Winter Olympian from Tonga who gained fame starting in early 2012, when the story of his name was widely publicized. Banani’s real name is Fuahea Semi, but he changed it to the name of his German clothing sponsor as a marketing ploy.
He qualified for the Sochi Olympics and placed 32nd out of 39 finishers in the men’s luge competition.
The trailer videos, some parts of which are in German, are above and below. Check out a cameo from the two-time reigning Olympic champion Felix Loch of Germany.
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Tonga is going to the Sochi Olympics.
Luger Bruno Banani has officially qualified for the Games now that the final World Cup event of the Olympic qualification season has passed, according to the Telegraph. Banani, 26, is ranked No. 44 in this season’s overall standings.
Banani gained a bit of infamy in January-February 2012, when the story of his name was widely publicized. Banani’s real name is Fuahea Semi, but he changed it to the name of his German clothing sponsor as a marketing ploy.
Tonga has competed at every Summer Olympics since 1984 but never a Winter Games, according to sports-reference.com. It includes one medalist among 31 Olympians, 1996 Atlanta Olympic super heavyweight boxing silver medalist Paea Wolfgramm.
Wolfgramm, nicknamed the “Tongan Warrior,” made a surprising run to the gold-medal bout, where he was beaten by Wladimir Klitschko.
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