Originally published on Sun July 29, 2012 1:51 pm
Enduring symbols of the Olympics are everywhere in London, and I'm not just talking about ATMs for Visa, a ubiquitous Olympic sponsor.
The five Olympic rings grace every wall, walk, sign, banner and building in and around the Olympic Park and other venues.
But the Olympic flame, the other most recognizable symbol of the Olympics, is invisible to all but a relative few.
Today, London Olympic organizers find themselves beating back insults like serves in a gold medal table tennis match.
On Day 1, there were empty seats at wildly popular events like beach volleyball and gymnastics. And even at the Aquatics Center, where Ryan Lochte smoked everybody in the men's 400 individual medley.
Fans who would've gladly paid the exorbitant ticket prices were fuming. British politicians worried that the empty seats made the country look uninterested.
Originally published on Sun July 29, 2012 10:17 am
Two big disappointments this morning: American gymnast and defending world champion Jordyn Wieber failed to qualify for the all-around finals.
The AP reports that it was nonetheless a great day for other Americans, who are favorites for gold: