Cheers! Happy Sunday to you on this rainy third day of the 2012 Olympic Games here in London. So far, this journey has been an experience of a lifetime for me and the rest of my colleagues involved with “BSU at the Games.”
The Olympic Games are just a few days old and we’ve already seen some incredible moments. With 16 of 302 events already decided, China leads the pack with nine total medals; six gold, one silver and two bronze. The United States is right behind them with seven; two gold, three silver and two bronze.
The first of our two groups will be heading back to the University of Worcester this evening as the second group will get their first taste of London for the next few days.
My first three days in London have been nothing but incredible. I’ve been able to walk around the city, taking pictures of landmarks such as Big Ben, St. Paul’s Cathedral and The London Eye among many others. I’ve also been able to get my hands on some tasty European food. No complaints from me. After an unsuccessful trip to Olympic Park yesterday afternoon, I decided to stay in last night and focus on my work. Not a bad idea. After all, I was able to put together a neat audio package featuring USA Field Hockey head coach Lee Bodimeade, which I hope to have done in the next 48 hours.
I’m also working a couple of field hockey stories. One of which features Ball State alum Kaitlan Mitchell and how she designed the official logo for Team USA Field Hockey. My second story is a preview for USA Field Hockey and how they have their eyes set on making history with a podium finish for the first time in nearly three decades.
Moving on…It was saddening to hear that Team USA gymnast and St. Louis native Sarah Finnegan will not be competing in the London Games. After McKayla Maroney suffered a fractured toe, it appeared that Finnegan would be next in line, but Maroney will indeed compete despite her injury.
I’m anxiously awaiting to see how St. Louis native and Team USA wrestler Spensor Mango performs. Mango lost a close match in the quarterfinals in Beijing; he returns as a favorite to reach the podium this time around. Mango will compete on Aug. 5.
I’ll have more information once I get back to Worcester. Until then, stay dry and enjoy the Games wherever you may be.