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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

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