I have to say that this year’s List has been a lot of fun. Back when I wrote the first List in 2008, I never really thought it would catch on. I thought it would remain a bit of an obscure inside joke between me and the four people who read my blog (my mom, my two best friends and Sam Chang). The 2008 and 2009 Lists flew a little under the radar, and then something changed in 2010.
Still the most popular post I’ve ever written, I continue to get hits on it every day. One of the American men thanked me last year for adding him to the List: “I’m getting messages from people I haven’t heard from in years congratulating me on making your List. It’s like being in Cosmo or something.” Likewise, I am still being punished by other American men who didn’t make the List last year: “Yeah, I would do that favor for you, but I didn’t make the List, so…”
Then we went to Europe. On Sunday night in Lucerne, I had men coming up to me that I didn’t even know asking me when this year’s List was going to be coming out, and who was going to be on it. It only got worse (read: better) when I got to Bled. The List has generated a number of new friendships, primarily with the Australian and British men’s teams, via discussions about last year’s List…and how to get on to this year’s List.
I’m not complaining. Rather I feel a bit like I’ve won the lottery.
It seems that the List has become popular, even if only with the men who are on it (or could be). I couldn’t be happier about that. The way I see it, if my audience is going to up the ante, so should I. So I’ve added two new features to this year’s List:
- You asked for it, and now you’ve got it: this year row2k has provided photos of all of this year’s List Men. Thank you to Ed and Erik for getting such hot shots of the men! They look GREAT!
- And also new for this year: LIST GEAR.
All 20 members of the 2011 List are getting LIST tech shirts from Sew Sporty. Shirts are one-of-a-kind, custom-printed for each athlete and exclusive to List Members ONLY. How cool is that!?!
So without further ado: here it is. Your 2011 List.
20. Angel Fournier Rodriguez – CUB M1X
19. Conlin McCabe – CAN M8+
18. Ned DelGuercio – USA M8+
17. Matt Ryan – AUS M8+
16. Derek Johnson – USA M2+
15. Iztok Cop – SLO M2X
14. Olaf Tufte – NOR M1X
13. Ioannis Christou – GRE M4-
12. Benjamin Rondeau — FRA M8+
11. Marcus Bateman – GBR M2X
10. Alex Gregory – GBR M4-
09. Mario Paonessa — ITA M4-
08. Artem Moroz — UKR M8+
07. Sjoerd Hamburger – NED M8+
06. Tom James – GBR M4-
05. Will Miller – USA M4X
04. Bryn Coudraye – AUS M8+
03. Rares Crisan – CAN LM4-
02. Andre Vonarburg – SUI M4X
01. Lassi Karonen – SWE M1X
Thank you so much to everyone who made this year’s List so much fun, including my teammates and female friends for their nominations, as well as all the cheeky hopefuls (you know who you are). To my many, many other favorites (GBR M4X, RSA M4-, CAN everything, AUS M8+ Fergus… I love you, ARG M2X, NOR M2X, French lightweight man with the most incredible eyes I’ve ever seen…but I don’t know who you are, and too many more to mention) thanks for a great year. It was great to meet many of the guys personally. As always, I am looking forward to next year!!
Long Live the Dream,