“Twitter has revealed that the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games generated more than 9.66 million tweets, as the first day of the event went on to rack up more tweets than the entire 2008 Olympics in Beijing.”—
I found a good livestream of BBC One’s Olympic coverage. Should I liveblog it? Should I put all my thoughts into one entry and then queue it to post around 11pm, when the NBC coverage is about done airing? Or should I just keep all my inane observations and jokes to myself? (Haha, not a chance.)
Harry Nelson’s dream of attending the London Games came at no small cost. It was 1948, the last time the Games were held here, and Nelson, a track fan from Southern California, sold his 1934 Chevrolet to his uncle for $600 to supplement the change he collected in a jelly jar to finance his trip.
Nelson, 90, has not missed a Summer Games since. He will extend his streak to 17 in a row and his overall total to 18 (he also attended the 1932 Games in his hometown of Los Angeles) when he returns here this month.
He honeymooned with his wife, Dee, at the 1956 Games in Melbourne, and was one of the few Americans at the 1980 Moscow Games, which the United States boycotted. “I got a nice letter from President Carter saying I shouldn’t go,” Nelson said, adding, “I was not convinced that if I stayed home it would somehow help the citizens of Afghanistan.”
While he has never won an Olympic medal, Nelson does hold an Olympic record. According to Guinness World Records, his attendance at 17 Summer Games — and counting — is unsurpassed.
Ok, so it’s either becoming a professional cloud or dedicating my life to surpassing this man’s record. So glad I’ve narrowed down all my life choices! (Also the line about the Moscow Olympics is great. God bless sassy old people.)
“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.”—