Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Monday, July 30, 2012
By the way, how do these guys see from under their hats?
After Djokovic defeated Fognini, however, the women's singles competition was postponed to Monday due to darkness (since there are no lights on Court 1).
Instead of folding up their tent and skulking home, our intrepid trio schlepped over to Center Court to see if they could watch the action there under the roof. After inquiring at the Ticket Services Desk, our heroes emerged with tix to seats . . . at Center Court!
Talk about living a dream! This photo of Jason was taken by the pairings board in front of Center Court before the first rain delay . . . but it must have been prophetic given the turn of events!
After this group shot was taken, several students tried to provoke a reaction by making funny faces and gestures., but the stone-faced, eyes-straight-ahead, and still-as-a-pole guard did not budge. Or did he?
Here, Heatheris joined by Dr. Covell, Ryan Coseo, Emily Savino, Laura Madaio, and Jenn Mears.
The students have been active in their pin trading . . . on the subway, at the venues, and on the streets of London! It is an easy way to interact with others and strike up a conversation with people from all over the world, as well as to extend a little goodwill from Western New England University and the United States of America!
Top photo, L-R: Anthony Camardi, Nick Varney, and RJ Suhre convince a London bobby to give up his police pin for one of ours!
Middle photo: Marisa Harris tells this LOCOG volunteer, "This WNE pin is valuable, so don't trade it away!"
Besides pin trading, this group of students reminisced with the Russian team officials about the "good ol' days."
Sunday, July 29, 2012
QUESTION: Who is that mystery person behind the mask?
For the record, let me say that Seminar Abroad 2012: London Olympics would not be anywhere near the exquisite experience that it has been for the students without Drs. Sharianne Walker and Dan Covell. Flat out, things would not be going as swimmingly (as they say in these parts) and I'm just glad to be part of this faculty dream team!
At Japan House, the students were greeted by His Excellency, the former Japanese Ambassador to the Court of St. James, Yoshiji Nogami, who is also an Executive Board Member of the Japanese Olympic Committee and Tokyo 2020 Candidate Bid Committee.
At the invitation of the Japanese Olympic Committee President, Tsunekazu Takeda, we were treated to a behind-the-scenes look at how National Olympic Committees establish a presence in the city hosting an Olympic Games. Here, our group was given a briefing of Tokyo's bid to host the 2020 Olympic Games, which vote by the IOC will take place in 2013. Mr. Takeda, who unfortunately was not at Japan House at the time of our visit, is also President of the Tokyo 2020 Candidate City Bid Committee and an IOC member.
Saturday, July 28, 2012
During a break in the action at the Equestrian Stadium in Greenwich Park, a few students were standing at the right place at the right time near the pizza concession when the vendor yelled out, "Who wants free pizza?" Quick on the draw, Dennis Rinaldi shouted his answer and voila . . . five pizza pies, free for the taking! Apparently, someone placed the order and then walked away, leaving the poor pies to be eaten by Dennis and friends. Lydia Lefevre, Heather Mears, and Emily Savino were only too happy to oblige! Who ever said that there's no such thing as a free lunch?!
It would be inadequate to describe today's experiences as extraordinary because it was even more than that! What started with our usual morning run finished with us witnessing the U.S. Olympic Women's Volleyball Team defeat of Korea, 25-19, 25-17, 20-25, 25-21,in an insanely crazy and electric atmosphere at Earls Court. Talk about an exciting match, with a result no doubt achieved with the help of the patriotic zeal of the Western New England crew (more on this later)!
After a brisk run around Hyde Park with so-far regulars Nick Varney and Heather Mears -- joined today by newbies Ryan Coseo and Anthony Camardi -- we held morning seminar led by Marisa Harris, Lydia Lefevre, and Maria Francese on the topic of Olympic sponsorship marketing. In photo, you can see Golden Bear in rapt attention to the students' presentation.
Today, Saturday, was the first full day of Olympic competition, and we headed out to Greenwich Park for the Equestrian Eventing preliminaries. This was the students' first experience attending an Olympic event in person, and even though most were not farmiliar with it, they seemed to appreciate some of the nuances of judging as scores were posted on the stadium screen in real time. Here, Anthony Camardi, Nick Varney, Marisa Harris, and Ryan Coseo mug for the camera.