Few problems to report as Games approach halfway point
Randy Harvey is reporting from his 13th Olympic Games. He has covered every Summer Olympics since 1976 and every Winter Olympics since 1988. He joined The Sun as the assistant managing editor for sports in April and has previously worked for the Chicago Sun-Times, New York Daily News and Los Angeles Times.
- WBAL-TV's Noel Tucker blogs from Olympics
There is no reason to complain, and, as we all know, complaining is the journalist's favorite sport.
I think I will spend the day at the pool.
I will probably find the members of the International Olympic Committee's coordination commission there.
For background, I will tell you that the coordination commission, delegated to work with local organizing committees to insure that the Games are progressing, set an Olympic record for hours worked in the seven years leading to last Friday night's opening ceremony.
They made numerous trips to Athens, haranguing, even threatening, organizers that they had to increase the pace of their preparations lest they some day be recognized for having staged the least successful Games ever. What an embarrassment that would have been in the cradle of the Olympics.
Yet, here we are nearing the halfway point of the Games, and the coordination commission has so few problems to deal with that it canceled its meeting this morning.
It met yesterday -- for eight minutes.
There have been no security problems, no major transportation problems and the communications network that faltered early in the Games has been fixed. It was never fixed eight years ago in Atlanta, where the information system called Info96 became known to we complaining reporters as Info97.
The IOC is concerned about the low attendance, but, considering everything that could have gone wrong, the coordination commission is not pushing the organizers on that.
It's too early to relax. The bombing in Atlanta occurred on this day, the Friday going into the second week of competition.
But, for now, it's OK to take a day off. I need the time to think of a reason to complain.
August 19, 2004 9:30 AM ET
10 Olympic performances that rank among the best
Paul Hamm's comeback, from 12th after four rotations to first after the sixth and final to win the men's gymnastics all-around championship last night, was one of the most amazing moments I've witnessed in almost 30 years of covering the Summer Olympics.
I need a few more days to put the performance into perspective -- after all, I felt the same way after the U.S. men's 800-meter freestyle relay victory over Australia on Wednesday night -- but it did make me start thinking about the most memorable Olympic events I've covered.
The top 10, in order:
1. Perhaps because it was my first Olympics, in 1976, I have a fond place in my journalistic scrapbook for Nadia Comaneci. I've always felt her incredible string of seven perfect 10s was one of the most phenomenal achievements in any sport. She did it at age 14, no less.