Geocacher Competes in the 2012 Olympics

João Costa username: Neverfail1

Portuguese Olympian João Costa embodies his Geocaching.com username. It’s “Neverfail1” That tenacity leads João to find an average of 2.5 geocaches day. He joined Geocaching.com in April of 2011 and has accumulated more than 1200 finds. The spirit of “never fail” also led João to the 2012 Summer Games in London. These are his fourth Olympic games. The Portuguese Air Force Sergeant competes in Shooting.

João and Arne

He ranked 7th in his first event: Men’s 10m Air Pistol. And he’s not the only geocacher at the Olympic Games. João says, “My coach is and I know two more shooters, I’m sure there are more, but we all aim to have good results in the Olympic Games, and geocaching goes to a second level.”

Geocaching took awhile to hook João. He says, “A friend was in my car and said, ‘Stop, stop I want to go there.’ I asked, ‘Why?’ He said, ‘I’m looking for something.’ He explained what geocaching was, but then I made fun of him. A few months later it was the same thing, but then I found the cache and it was a very nice one. The switch turned on and I was infected.”

João at the Olympic shooting range at the Royal Artillery Barracks

João quickly became part of the tight-knit Portuguese  geocaching community. His wife encouraged his geocaching outings. João says, “My wife loves geocaching as I get off the sofa and go walking or go hiking.”

He attended the Mega-Event 12 years Geocaching – Portugal in May. That’s where he met  Geocaching.com Lackey Arne Moen, username RandolphAgarn – and shared his story about competing in the Olympic Games.

You still have time to root on your fellow geocacher. Leave a message below in comments for João. João’s competing in his final Olympic event, the Men’s 50m Pistol, on Sunday August 5th.


  • dhrnrcpa

    Good luck fellow geocacher.  Your story gives me added incentive to find coverage of the event.

  • g8tcher

    Good luck to Neverfail1 in both your Olympic events and your geocaching!  I hope you have time to find a few caches in London before you have to head home!

  • Hawkglider

    Good luck in the competition. congratulations on practicing two of the most exciting activities, pistol shooting and geocaching…. Greetings from México.

    Boa sorte na competição. Parabéns por praticar duas das atividades mais interessantes, pistola de tiro e geocaching…. Saudações do México

  • BlueSky&pygmypop

    Awesome achievements, Neverfail1! Wishing you all the best (including a steady hand and steady breath) on Sunday. May it be as easy as a 1/1 🙂
    Be sure to add Great Britain to your souvenirs! Smiles and cheers from New Jersey

  • Cajun55

    How cool…Good shooting my geocaching brother. I will be waiting to hear how you did. Catch a cache or two before heading home:)

  • Força João! Não falhes uma!

  • pedalnotrilho

         Hei Boss, nestas três fotos, consegues usar duas expressões antagónicas; uma cara de pau e um sorriso… como direi? …”parôlo”. Não consegues um meio termo cá para oa amigos? Aqueles que te aturam!!!
         Diverte-te e rebenta com eles. Na Prova Rainha e no Geocaching, não uses meio termo… ARRASA MESMO.

    Um grande Abraço do Pedalnotrilho

  • prodrive

    We’re proud of you! Greetings from the portuguese comunity!

  • s&t81007

    Go for the gold! Vai pelo ouro!

  • Delta.Force

    I wish you good luck on Sunday!  I hope you go home with the ultimate Olympic Gold “Coin”! 

    Best of Luck from Nashville, Tennessee USA!
    -Geocaching Name:  Delta.Force

  • Dennisworc

    Never Fail, wishing you luck in the Olympics! Nearly 5000 geocaches here in Florida, USA.

  • Itchyfeet2wander

    Good luck!! We are very proud of you, NeverFail!!

  • Kevin Deason

    From Tennessee USA. Congratulations on your Olympic dreams!

  • Pattytracker425

    So glad you are going after your dreams in the Olympics.  I can wager you have found at least one cache while in London.  Good luck from fellow cacher, pattytracker.

  • happydorkgirl

    May your shots be straight and true! With love from Wisconsin, USA

  • landshark

    Good luck. I hope you FIND the podium.

  • Patrik Brunner

    Incredible how different persons are running after geocaches… I really like geocaching also exactly for this.

    All the best João tomorrow !!

  • Neverfail1

    Many many thanks to you all.
    Proud to be part of Geocaching comunity.

  • pedalnotrilho

    Meste momento já deves estár a repousar para fazeres  uma boa prova.
    Espero verdadeiramente que quando leres esta mensagem de incentivo já tenhas uma das medalhas em teu poder.desejo que a consigas obter com tanta facilidade, como obter uma geocoin que esteja mesmo à mão de semear.

    Força Amigo, a tua equipa está contigoUm abraço do CarPin