Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of first-person diaries by former Stanford rower Silas Newby Stafford, who is in London preparing to compete for the United States in the Summer Olympics.
We're in London, and it is awesome, in the true sense of the word. The scale of the operation is immense. We were met at the airport by hundreds of beaming Olympic volunteer staff, and escorted to the satellite rowing village by hundreds of security personnel armed to the teeth with assault rifles. The rowing village is swarmed with support staff to feed us, do our laundry, organize busses, and help us in any way they can. While the news reports delays, snafus, and security issues, I have been extremely impressed with the entire operation.
Moreover, there is a palpable excitement in everyone, from the athletes to the maids changing the sheets. I have seen more English people smile in the past few days than I did in a year living here.
The rowing competition site is bustling with ... Continue Reading