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Day 12: Life After Softball

I finally made it out to the softball stadium today. Of course, I didn’t get to watch much of a nail-biter (Team USA beat China 9-0 in four innings), but I at least had the chance to see our superstar team in action. The field was beautiful. I wanted to run down on the field,…

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Day 11: Is Eight Enough?

As of midnight last night, I was going to have to watch this morning’s swimming session on a TV in the media center. Swimming is such a tough ticket that even members of the credentialed media have to have a ticket. And the IOC is only offering so many. (We could only score one.) So,…

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Day 10: The Fastest Man Alive Eats … Nuggets!

I’ve always wanted to watch the Olympic 100-meter race in person, as close to the track and the athletes as I could manage to position myself. So when I arrived at the Bird’s Nest Saturday evening and saw a row of empty seats in the first row of the stadium, a little past the halfway…

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Nice To Meet You, Too!

So, my friend Lisa is here in Beijing writing stories for th IOC website. Most of the stuff she is doing is behind-the-scenes reporting. She helped author the athlete handbook and was taken behind the walls of the athlete village. But the only people reading many of the cool stories she’s written are folks at…

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Day Nine: Here Comes The Sun

Since I’ve been a slacker up to this point and haven’t posted any photos in my updates, I decided to shorten my daily post in favor of some of my favorite shots. So here’s a recap of my ninth day, in nine sentences. I woke up to the most beautiful day we’ve had since I…

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Day Eight: Lucky Day

Today is my friend (and editor) Alison’s birthday. Since today is also our eighth day here, I consider this a sign she is about to have an extremely fabutastic year. Starting with a birthday lunch (I tried peking duck for the first time! It’s the most daring thing I’ve eaten in a long time and…

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Day Seven: Flipping Gymnasts

This morning, I thought I was going to watch the Magnificent Seven go down in history as the second-best U.S. women’s gymnastics team of all time. As you all know by now, that didn’t happen. Sure, it was disappointing to watch our five women lose control of the meet. But it was even more disappointing…

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Day Six: A Golden Day

This morning, I went to my first swimming event. I’ve been dying to get inside the Cube ever since I saw the first photos of the arena months ago. It looked like such a cool place to watch swimming. Well, it was. Especially the way I experienced it: sitting 14 rows from the pool with…

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Day Five: Fun Day

Since I arrived in Beijing four days ago, my friends, family and co-workers have asked me one question repeatedly: Are you having fun? It has been a difficult question to answer. Yes, I am having an experience. Yes, I am excited and grateful to be here. Yes, I am enjoying the events and the infinity…

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Day Four: Sunday, Sunday

This morning, I experienced my first Beijing rain (it lasted about 15 minutes and no, it did not clear up the air) and spent several hours watching women’s gymnastics. Check out my story. Plus, few observations … * The Chinese gymnasts are too small. One girl’s bio lists her at 68 pounds; the average weight…

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