It Never Rains, by Kari Maaren
Dana Kavalis Does Donna Vakalis (Part 2)
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Greetings, curious It Never Rains readers and anyone else who happens to pop by. This page is dedicated to the 2016 Olympics journey of modern pentathlete Donna Vakalis. In 2012, she participated in the London Olympics, and she consequently became part of West of Bathurst's plot, albeit under the name "Dana Kavalis." You can read the relevant comics here.  I do know Donna (via Massey College: thus the WoB connection), so I'm allowed to get all excited about her adventures. Also, modern pentathlon is weird and cool.

On Sunday, August 14th, I received an e-mail from Pentathlon Canada asking if I could please put Donna in another comic in support of her current Olympic hopes. While it was kind of short notice--the modern pentathlon events took place the following Thursday and Friday--and I certainly couldn't work any of this material into the in-sequence comics, which had been finished for weeks, I decided to do a series of extra panels and post them under the week's comics. There are six in all (Monday - Saturday). I've also posted the comics on this page, which served as a place for me to collect news articles and other items involving Donna. Because the WoB and INR worlds are connected, we still follow Dana Kavalis in the comics themselves, but I think it's relatively apparent that she's really Donna.

If you don't know much about modern pentathlon, a delightful sport involving fencing, swimming, show jumping on unfamiliar horses, running, and shooting frickin' laser guns, check it out. It's a whole Olympics in and of itself.


Monday, August 15, 2016

It Never Rains Olympics 2016 panel 1

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

It Never Rains Olympics 2016 panel 2

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

It Never Rains Olympics 2016 panel 3

Thursday, August 18, 2016

It Never Rains Olympics 2016 panel 4

Friday, August 19, 2016

Pew pew pew.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

It Never Rains Olympics 2016 panel 6


About Donna Vakalis in General:

Donna's page on Team Canada's official Olympics website

Donna's page on Pentathlon Canada's website

Donna's Wikipedia page

Donna's website

Donna's Twitter account

News Items:

"One athlete, five sports: the juggling act that's shaped Donna Vakalis' road to Rio" (Metro News, August 3, 2016)

"Going for Gold: Donna Vakalis races for Gold in the Modern Pentathlon" (Civil and Mineral Engineering website)

Content copyright Kari Maaren 2014-2016
Images copyright Kari Maaren 2014-2016