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What Americans missed – London Paralympics

Here’s what Americans missed – the Paralympics closing ceremony with Coldplay.

If you’ve been wondering why I haven’t blogged about the London Paralympics, it’s simply because I haven’t seen any of the games. And I’m not alone. There’s been such limited coverage of the games that it’s been nearly impossible to catch any of it here on TV in the U.S., despite the fact that NBC has been contracted to air the games. Newsflash, NBC – Americans do care about the Paralympics and would like the option to view them with the rest of the world!

Congrats to Team GB for scoring third in the London Paralympic Games, after China and Russia. Well done!

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Congrats, Team GB

Britain, you did it right!

I loved the closing ceremony Sunday night. I stayed up until almost midnight, refusing to take my eyes off of the amazing musical extravaganza (hello Spice Girls, Blur, Oasis, George Michael!), even though I had a bunch of things to do. Well, actually I did start up some laundry for a few minutes at the sight of Russell Brand doing Willy Wonka and “I am the Walrus.” Then I was back!

Read all about it, if you missed it.

All in all, I have loved these games. Moreover, I’ve loved to read and hear about the sheer surprise and delight of the British people in seeing the success that they’ve become. Philip Reeves’ NPR report “Olympics have temporarily transformed England” actually made me cry.

Third best overall?! Yes! Congrats, Team GB!

Go Team GB!

Team Great Britain’s Mo Farah celebrates after winning gold in the men’s 10,000 meter final. Photo credit: Jason O’Brien/Action Images via Zuma Press


If you haven’t been keeping score, Britain has the highest number of gold Olympic medals in 104 years! Go Team GB! It’s staggering and wonderful and unexpected and I have never been quite so excited to watch the Olympics. I’ll be a sad to see it all come to an end this weekend.

On a side note, I’ve started reading “Gold in the Water: The True Story of Ordinary Men and their Extraordinary Dream of Olympic Glory,” a swimmer’s story by P.H. Mullen, who apparently holds one of the fastest times for swimming the English Channel! I’ll let you know how it is!