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LONDON -- As these Olympic Games come to a close, my observations on the final days here in my Self-Professed Bloody Brilliant Blog, Part III! Here is Part I and Part II of the BBB, in case you missed it:
It is hard to name all the great American women who have competed here during the Games, but let's name a few: the U.S. women's basketball team winning its fifth straight gold; women's soccer winning its third consecutive gold; Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor with their third consecutive gold in beach volleyball; women's water polo winning its first gold after two silvers and a bronze; and Kim Rhode, the American skeet shooter who became the first American Olympian to win individual medals at five consecutive Games. Thank you, Title IX.
Moments after Mo Farah's 10,000-meter gold-medal victory, the Somali-born Briton was asked by a journalist if he would have preferred to run as a Somali. He replied: "Look mate, this is my country. I am very proud to be British."
English musician Billy Bragg captured the moment best in a tweet midway through Olympics:
Tonight, our society was wonderfully represented by a ginger bloke [Greg Rutherford], an immigrant named Mohammed [Farah] and a mixed race woman [Jessica Ennis]. #proudtobeBritish
Ahh, I love sports.
I love that U.S. swimmer Missy Franklin did not take the path most traveled and instead chose to stay with her local club and coach coming into these Games, even though many thought that was a bad idea. I love that Oscar Pistorius chose to keep fighting for a chance to represent his country of South Africa, even if he was born without two legs. I love that Sarah Attar, the first woman to represent Saudi Arabia in the Olympic Games, has just inspired a generation. I love that they grind each and every day, simply because they love what they do. For them, the journey is not about having it all, but loving what you have. A great lesson for us all.
Thank you, London. Thank you, Great Britain. Thank you for sharing your sunshine (yes, sunshine) and wonderful country for three weeks. What a treat for us all.