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!"
In London, the first day of Mitt Romney's overseas trip didn't go quite as planned. After calling British preparations for the Olympic Games "disconcerting," Romney became the focus of British ire — in newspaper headlines and public comments by British Prime Minister David Cameron and London Mayor Boris Johnson. Romney attempted to dial back his remarks, but his woes were compounded by several other minor gaffes.
Friday's opening ceremony marks the official start of the London Olympics. It's a wide-ranging ode to British history and culture called "Isles of Wonder," featuring music, dancing, live farm animals and 10,000 volunteers.
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