2012 USA Volleyball London Olympic Blog
During the 2012 London Olympic Games USA Volleyball will have representatives all over the UK capturing interesting content for fans. This blog offers various perspectives of the Olympics from team leaders to officials.
Visiting with London by Kevin Twohig, USAV Board Member
Woke up still a bit sore from the rather extensive day on
our feet yesterday – a great day but a tiring day. Headed out to St Paul’s Cathedral first thing
and joined an entertaining tour by an actor playing the part of the building
architect – Christopher Wren. Took 35 years to build out of stone that was cut
in Britain, shipped by boat around the country and hauled on carts up the hill
to the site. There has been a church on the site since 600 AD. The cathedral
was extensively bombed during WW II, and reconstructed according to the
architects of the time. The glass mosaics on the ceiling were worth the trip by
themselves. The crypt in the basement was an English history lesson.
We left St Paul’s and walked over to CNBC London to meet
Lydia Kobluk, get a tour of the studio and some lunch. Lydia looks great and
after 5 years is getting to be quite British. Was fun to reconnect with her and
hear her stories of living and working in London.
We then went to the Rubens Hotel for a USA Volleyball
Foundation reception. Spoke with Sinjin Smith for a while about the beach
events and his impressions of who is likely to medal – but I’m not spilling the
Back to the hotel for a quick change then off to the USA
House (this day is starting to sound really busy – and it was) for a quick look
thru the store and light dinner before the women’s indoor match at Earls Court.
The US women were without their starting setter tonight –
Lindsay Berg was hurt in the last match. We are hoping it is nothing serious
and that she will be back for later rounds of the playoffs. The setting job was
handled by Courtney Thompson who played for the University of Washington. She
did a fine job and the women won 3-0 behind the steady play of the starters.
Courtney was especially effective connecting with the middle and right side
attackers and the blockers were effective as usual.
On the beach, both US womens teams advanced thru the
semifinals and both beat tough opponents
(China and Brazil) who were
ranked higher than our teams. So we will have an all USA final for the gold and
silver medals on Thursday night.
A very good day!
Barb and Kevin
Previous 2012 USAV Olympic Blog Posts
7-22-2012 The Magic of the Olympics by Rob Browning
7-24-2012 Terry Lawton and Sue Lemaire Take on the Sand
7-25-2012 Media and Events for the Men's Team by Rob Browning
7-26-2012 First Day in London for Melissa Meymouth
7-27-2-12 'Twas the night before..." by Bill Kauffman
7-29-2012 Cool Summer Nights in London by Dave Williams
7-31-2012Day 4 with Kevin Twohig
8-1-2012 2-0 for the men and looking for 3 by Rob Browning
8-02-2012 Taking time to Celebrate USAV at the USA House by Tim McCune
8-03-2012London Calling by Marcio Sicoli
8-05-2012 August 5th with Kevin Twohig
8-07-2012Let the Games Begin by Rob Browning
8-08-2012A Weekend at the Olympics by Ken Shrophsire, USAV Board Member