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Wednesday, January 4, 2012
This is the ticket snafu everyone wants

By Jim Caple

How come this sort of thing never happens to us?

The London Olympic organizing committee accidentally sold twice as many tickets to synchronized swimming as were available. Yes, it's true. There are not only people who will actually pay to watch synchronized swimming, but there are more than can fit into the arena. In fact, there were 10,000 more of them beyond capacity.

The interesting thing is that London is making up for the mistake by offering those fans tickets to other events instead, including the 100-meter final. Imagine buying tickets for synchronized swimming and receiving the 100 final due to a computer mistake? That's like buying tickets to see Michael Bolton and having U2 play instead because he had laryngitis.

Now, many of those people who bought the synchronized swimming tickets either were just looking for any Olympic event that was available or were under the impression Martin Short was competing for Canada. Either way, they will be very happy to watch Usain Bolt run instead.

But there are also some die-hard synchronized fans who are going to be very put out if they wind up with the 100 meter, the 100 freestyle or the gold-medal basketball game instead.

I don't care about the world's fastest man! I want to see Russia's Anastasia Davydova and Anastasia Ermak repeat their stunning gold-medal twists and twirls to Edvard Grieg's "Peer Gynt Suite!"

And that Michael Phelps doesn't wear nearly enough glitter!

Meanwhile, we'll just have to cross our fingers that the committee made the same mistake with our rhythmic gymnastics tickets.