Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Lewis: London hoping to impress the world with Olympics
Olympics » Despite the early controversies, prime minister insists “Britain can deliver.”

< Previous Page

Organizers are even armed with a breakthrough new test for human-growth hormone.

World indoor champion high jumper Dimitris Chondrokoukis of Greece was among those caught, but his scandal doesn’t seem to have measured up to countrywoman Voula Papachristou, a triple-jumper expelled by the Greek Olympic Committee for posting what many viewed as a racist joke on Twitter.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

It was the first casualty in what’s fast becoming the "Social Networking" Olympics. Heavy traffic shut down Twitter worldwide for a time on Thursday, and athletes were being warned to be careful about what they post online.

Otherwise, though, things on the ground so far have been mostly lovely, save for a series of blips that caused traffic delays.

The sun has been out after a miserably sopping summer, the locals and volunteers have been unfailingly friendly. Work in the Olympic Park was down to the touch-up stage, with Japanese athletes from the nearby village jogging along its wide boulevards while dancers rehearsed in the shade of buildings and trees.

Yet questions about the transport and the security are legitimate; in the most serious scandal, security firm G4S failed to provide enough guards, prompting the military to deploy some 3,500 soldiers to help fill the gap.

"Ten days to the Games," a headline in the Guardian newspaper sarcastically read last week, "what could go wrong?"

Equally uncertain is the degree to which citizens in one of the world’s most diverse cities will get excited for an event that doesn’t seem to have moved the needle quite the same way it did in Beijing and Vancouver, the host cities for the past two Olympics.

Perhaps that’s owing to London’s place on the international stage, nowhere near an inferiority complex, or to the other national sensibilities of propriety and understatement.

Either way, it should be fun to watch.

story continues below
story continues below

"I hope what people will see is obviously all the things they love about Britain’s past, all the things they like about our history, our institutions, our culture, our contributions to world development," Cameron said. "But I also hope they’ll see a very open country and one that has an enormous amount to offer for the future."


Twitter: @MCLTribune

Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment

About Reader Comments

Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.