Monday, August 6, 2012

U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!

It's the Olympics.  And in London.  Not much needed in the way of commentary so let's get on with the pictures...
London 2012!
The cyclists in the men's road cycling event (250 km!) raced past us in just a few seconds.
Clockwise from top left:  Insanely fast cyclists, insanely fast cyclists, insanely fast cyclists, and insanely fast cyclists.
Next up was women's soccer.  When we bought tickets for this event we didn't realize the match was in Glasgow --- a ~five hour train-ride from London --- and when we arrived the match between the US and Columbia was already underway.  
The American women dominating...
USA for the win!
In between the two matches held that evening (US vs. Columbia then N. Korea vs. France)
The food and drink selection at the soccer stadium.  What the hell is "Beefy Drink" and why no beer?!?
"Inspire a generation" is the London 2012 Olympic motto.  Not sure what kind of inspiration I'm suppose to draw from all those empty seats...
...but no question as to what kind of inspiration this is.
The next morning --- after taking an over-night sleeper bus back to London --- Lisa and I headed out to Eton Dorney for some rowing.
The American boat out front and going on to win (clockwise from top left).  They dominated this race and eventually went on to win gold.  These are some seriously bad-ass women!
You don't see this everyday:  A Saudi Arabian woman sculling (the leader) while wearing a head scarf.
Props to this British youngster's enthusiasm for Team GB:
"Bloody hell, I paint my face and we still come up short?"
And props to a distinctly British cocktail:  Pimm's No. 1 Cup.
You two pour what you want into your glasses...
...and I'll drink the rest!
As well as to an iconic British landmark...
Tower Bridge in the Olympic spirit
Everywhere and everyone seemed to be channeling all things Olympic: 
Radishes cut and placed to look like the Olympic rings in a Japanese restaurant.
London 2012!

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