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London Paralympics Historical Success

Monday, October 1, 2012

Of the many legacies of the London Olympics, one of them does not involve the Olympics per se; rather, it involves the sequel to the Olympics: the Paralympics. And for a variety of reasons, we may look back on London 2012 as being a tipping point in Paralympic history. First, look at the attendance. The Olympic stadium was sold out for Paralympic track events. Wheelchair rugby sold out months in advance of the competition. Full venues, great competition … Continue reading

The Curtain Closes on London 2012

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The most frequent question I have been asked since being back from the London Olympics is:  “Was it really as great as it looked?”  The answer to that question is an unequivocal “yes.”  As I mentioned in a previous post, before every Olympics there are gloom and doom predictions – that the venues will not be ready or up to par, that transportation will be a mess, that the weather will not cooperate.  But London 2012 passed the test with flying colors in all these areas and with a little help from Mother Nature… Continue reading

Back in the USA

Thursday, August 9, 2012

I am now back to watching the action from the other side of the Atlantic. The breaking of a world record in one of track’s most storied events is always worth pausing to reflect upon. Today, the 800 meter record fell as David Rudisha of Kenya won the gold medal and posted a sizzling time of 1:40.91. Anytime the world’s greatest track athletes assemble in one place, it causes me to think what is within the realm of possibility… Continue reading

The British View

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

On the BBC this morning, there was a recap of the medal count. “Team GB,” as it is known here, is in third place in terms of Olympic gold medals (though in fourth place in total medals won). The commentator noted, with some bemusement, that the American Olympic contingent and the American press rank the participating countries’ performance by total medals – but we seem to be in the minority in that respect… Continue reading

Back to Track

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

One of the uplifting things about the Olympics is to have 80,000 people standing in respect for a victor as the national anthem of that athlete’s home country is played. 3 days ago, I stood at attention (as did 79,999 others) as the national anthem of Ethiopia was played for women’s 10,000 meter champion Tirunesh Dibaba. Tonight, I stood as the national anthem of Grenada was played for men’s 400 meter champion Kirani James. Great moments.… Continue reading

My Friend the Tube

Monday, August 6, 2012

Today was a monster day for Olympic viewing – 4 events attended, spread from East to West. Table tennis, gymnastics, a women’s soccer semifinal between Japan and France, and men’s volleyball (including the U.S. handily defeating Tunisia). And London’s transportation system made it possible.… Continue reading

Old and New

Sunday, August 5, 2012

My excitement and awe over last night at Olympic Stadium prevented me from mentioning the other events I saw yesterday. The men’s soccer match between Mexico and Senegal at Wembley was highly entertaining – won by Mexico in extra time. While soccer fans would no doubt prefer the senior teams of each of the participating countries, the policy of having under 23 teams play actually leads to a more open game. And sombreros at Wembley? Loved it.… Continue reading

The Green Green Grass of Home

Saturday, August 4, 2012

There are some nights that reinforce your faith in sports. Then there are the Olympics, which seem to do it at every turn. And then there is tonight – an incredible experience, and certainly the greatest night I have ever seen or felt in a track and field stadium, thereby eclipsing the night Michael Johnson shattered the world 200 meter record in 1996.… Continue reading

A Tale of Two Waves

Friday, August 3, 2012

Well, it’s a fact. Horse Guards Parade is the Best in Show among Olympic venues. What a great setting! The buildings of Whitehall on one side, the London Eye rising overhead, and Big Ben chiming right at the time of the first serve of the day’s competition – between two German women’s teams. The Games are certainly running on time.… Continue reading

Behind the Curtain

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Coverage of the Olympics quite obviously focuses on the venues, with an occasional glimpse of the hermetically sealed Olympic village. But there are many other people and places at work in these and other Olympics. The USOC, for instance, at each Olympics establishes its own on-the-scene training center. For these Olympics, it is at the University of East London… Continue reading