London 2012, Days 6/7 – Manchester

Sunday morning, I packed up my things and headed to Central Station, where I said goodbye to Glasgow and caught the first of two trains to Manchester, where I began the second leg of my Olympic journey.

One of the coolest things about following the soccer team–and there are many–is that I am literally following them, all over the UK. So I’m having the opportunity to see much more than I would if I were simply spending my days jutting around the main Olympic venues. (There will be plenty of time for that, starting Wednesday!)

Sunday night, we met with Pia and Abby Wambach and of course, the number one topic was Hope Solo’s Twitter rant after her team’s 3-0 defeat of Colombia Saturday night. Brandi Chastain–the person to whom Solo’s virtiol was directored–was one of the six media members in the room asking questions of both women. It was awkward, to say the least, but Chastain did her job as she has been throughout these Games ans said only that she is going the job she was hired to do, and that means giving honest commentary. Hope-fully this story ends there.

Monday, we met the team at Old Trafford–home to Manchester united–after their walk-through for a few minutes of media availability. Playing in this stadium tomorrow is going to be incredible. Few women’s teams have ever played here, and this is the first time any of these girls have been here.

I wrote a quick blog on the women’s first visit to the Theater of Dreams. You can read that HERE.

Church! Old Trafford, home to Manchester United since 1910 …

Monday afternoon, I caught up with another athlete who’s here in London to help provide commentary for the Games. If you catch women’s gymnastics on Thursday–or beach volleyball Monday night–you might recognize the voice, and certainly the floppy red mop, of two-time Winter Olympic champ Shaun White. You can read my story on his first summer Olympic experience HERE. (Not sure why it was posted on the ESPNW site … perhaps it’s the hair.)

I can’t believe it’s day seven already! One week down, two to go!

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