In press conferences, chaotic media mixed zones, security line queues, packed stadiums, and overcrowded subway trains, the London Olympic experience was much different than the neatly packaged production beamed around the world. It was more intimate, yet more difficult to wrap your arms around. It was more glamorous and fun-loving, yet also more unpolished. It was more impressive in some ways, yet more ordinary in others. Outside the competitions, beyond the historic accomplishments of athletes such as Bolt, US swimmer Michael Phelps, British distance runner Mo Farah, US gymnast Gabby Douglas, and British cyclist Chris Hoy, the Games produced a jumble of delightfully unexpected, wonderfully quirky moments.
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