When do you get your standard-issue Olympic rings tattoo on your shoulder blade? The day after you qualify? Two weeks before you leave for Beijing? When you turn 18 to remind you what your goal is?
Everybody seems to have this tattoo, regardless of country, so I'd like to see somebody explain this apparent rite of passage to me.
Also, if you're in one of the swimming heats and you finish 8th, five seconds behind the qualifiers, do you even tell people back home you were in the Olympics? Do you permanently cover your shoulder blade tattoo with an Ace bandage?