It's only the fifth day in London and my eyes are a bit red. Long days and nights. Unlimited options for fun and getting into trouble. Game on!
The last 48 hours included two big events at USA House, including last night's gala featuring Carl Lewis, Bela Karolyi, Shawn Johnson, Shannon Miller, Carly Patterson, Donna de Varona and very special guest Muhammad Ali.
We also worked with (client) 24 Hour Fitness to open Team USA's High Performance Training Center at the University of East London. So Kerri Walsh and Coach K from USA Basketball, as well as Tony Azevedo of U.S. water polo, were on site for the festivities (and I sure can't wait for time to post Kerri's interview video over the weekend).
Also squeezed in a visit to the James Bond exhibition at the Barbican Museum (photos saved for future post, Monty Penny).
This morning was the opening of Sochi House/Russia House, and about an hour ago I picked up my Opening Ceremony ticket from a last minute Ebay adventure. It is so ... ON!
I will post more after the ceremony and encourage everyone to tune in and take note of the fans in section 222 (I'll be waving to the cameras). Predicted performers (some may already be announced but the following are best guest sans search for what is already confirmed): Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Annie Lennox (I hope), Elton John, Coldplay (please!), Adele, Shirley Bassey, Pink Floyd, Duran Duran and for some Irish flavor U2, Clannad and Sinead O'Connor.
Also predict appearances by all James Bond actors, Dame Judy Dench, Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Emma Watson and all of the Harry Potter performers, each with potential as Olympic flagbearers. Who are your predictions? Tell me and I will send the best commenters a pin! Photos by Nicholas Wolaver
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