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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

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

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