A fellow in my class in Washington DC this week showed up on Tuesday wearing a University of Texas Longhorns shirt. When I teased him about it (Oklahoma and Texas have a long-standing rivalry), he offered that his affection for Texas was genuine. He said he'd represented Texas in Track.
Today, when I mentioned that I was going to Cairns, Australia next week (for a radar conference), he piped up that he'd been to Australia three times.
"Three times?", I asked, "how come?"
Turns out he was a world-class athlete, participating in several international sporting events. He even ran in the 1984 Olympics.