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P.A. expat observes London struggle with OVS (Olympics void syndrome) and embrace Paralympics

Original post made by David Vinokur, a former resident of the Crescent Park neighborhood, on Aug 27, 2012

Greetings from weepy-eyed post-Olympics London. A favorite British saying goes something like: 'chin up, it could be worse.' Imagine the confusion on the streets here with everyone instead thinking and saying: "could it have been any better?" On this final bank (national) holiday Monday for 2012, words don't adequately express the palpable sense of elation and disappointment that still lingers in the U.K. after the closing of the XXX Olympiad. Elation that the 2012 London Games were such a resounding success, and disappointment that they are very much completed. In the possible words, if he spoke, of Mr. Bean: oh, bother.

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Posted by Brit
a resident of Palo Verde
on Aug 28, 2012 at 10:45 pm

Paralympics appears to be completely under the radar here. No media attention that I have seen. I can tell it is all over the BBC website, but sportstars being busted for doing drugs and new sports stadiums are the sporting talking points.


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Posted by DJV
a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 29, 2012 at 8:26 am

#Brit: perhaps Olympic host cities are more primed than others for Paralympic Games? The London 2012 Paralympic Games will be outstanding, and hopefully will raise the profile and awareness of athletes with physical disabilities. I know here in London, people were so moved by the Olympic Games that they are embracing the Paralympics, big time.


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Posted by Brit
a resident of Palo Verde
on Sep 10, 2012 at 2:44 pm

So it seems the Paralympics which finished with triumphant pomp in ceremony went out like a wet squid here in the US. I heard absolutely no mention of them by anyone in the US, but my facebook news stream from across the pond was a constant flurry of delightful tv and attendee watching. YouTube appears to be the only media covering any of it. For anyone who would like to see anything, like the fabulous closing ceremony, here's a link for the 2 hour event Web Link