Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.
Emojis are used globally and symbolize people swimming in a pool or in open bodies of water. While the prior versions of iOS on the iPhone lacked goggles, the currently used emojis are generally geared up as contemporary competitive swimmers are.
Emojis originated in Japan and were initially created by Softbank in 1997 for use in electronic messages and websites. Over the last decade, emojis became increasingly popular. “I was thinking of another thought experiment where we considered what emoji would win the Tokyo Olympics 10 km marathon swim in Odaiba Marine Park,” pondered Steven Munatones.
A description of the swimming emoji line-up is as follows:
Apple Annie has a nice streamlined body position and a good finish of her stroke. Apple Angel has the same streamlined body position and a good finish of her stroke, but she wears a techsuit. Google Grace looks strong and is great in rough water conditions, but the flat water of Tokyo Bay is not her strong suit. Samsung Sally is versatile swimmer, but her lower body rides low in the water and her kick is not strong. Microsoft Madison is a little too stiff to be a threat in a human race. WhatsApp Whitney has a nice long stroke and will be in the lead pack towards the end. Twitter Tiffany is quite fashionable and photogenic, but without goggles, she gives away her non-competitive focus. Facebook Felicity has the speed and stamina to compete for a podium position with a nice streamlined stroke and flat body position and nice body rotation. JoyPixels Jasmine will take it out fast, but the 10 km is a little bit out of her wheelhouse. OpenMoji Olivia without a swim cap and goggles is more a wild swimmer who enjoys nature rather than a competitive swimmer.
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