U.S. Olympic rower Robin Prendes hopes to lead his boat to the medal stand in London. Host Michel Martin speaks with Prendes about how he got into rowing after immigrating to the U.S. from Cuba and what he's doing to prepare for the Olympics.
Spanish Olympians are learning a painful lesson as they dress for the London 2012 Opening Ceremony: You get what you pay for. The colorful uniforms were free, but athletes say they're paying the price. Tennis player Carlos Moya expressed relief that he's retired, and so won't have to wear the ensemble.
We ran into USA Men's basketball at the security sweep today. Yes, even bigtime basketball players and coaches must suffer the indignity of the magnetometer. But the star power did overcome one protocol, against photography in the scanning area.
Today's lone public Olympic event is the Opening Ceremony, which begins at 4 p.m. EDT. Bettors say the secret "cauldron lighter" will be runner Roger Bannister. And the U.S. swim team has made its own video for the Carly Rae Jespen song "Call Me Maybe."
The U.S. men's gymnastics team is in London, and gold isn't the only color on their minds: The competition floor is covered in hot pink. The gymnasts are struggling to adjust; they say the array of colors makes it hard to spot the high bars. As one gymnast put it, "Real men compete on pink floors!"
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