By The Associated Press, Associated Press
LONDON (AP) — Around the 2012 Olympics and its host city with journalists from The Associated Press bringing the flavor and details of the games to you:
THE PHOTO OF BORIS
And here's the photo of London Mayor Boris Johnson dangling from the zip wire.
"Can you get me a rope? Get me a rope, okay?" he said.
And the crowds responded with laughter.
— Sylvia Hui — Twitter http://twitter.com/sylviahui
PLAYING IT SAFE
Over at the gymnastics, the public announcer wanted to make absolutely sure he'd got this one right. You know, there's been enough confusion already about North and South Korean flags.
As he introduced Kim Soo-myun, he hesitated, almost got it wrong — and then everything went silent.
The crowd started to laugh and applaud.
Then, in an assured tone, the nationality was finally given: South Korea!
"I am sure you would appreciate that i want to be absolutely sure," said the announcer, to much amusement.
He didn't know, presumably, that the North Koreans aren't even taking part in the gymnastics here. They were banned as punishment for a case of age falsification.
— Peter de Jong
"Don't be robotic!" That was the advice coming from Chinese basketball coach Bob Donewald to his players during practice Wednesday.
China has lost the first two games of the Olympics and Donewald is trying to get his players to loosen up and improvise as the game goes along.
They play Australia on Thursday, and desperately need a win to start validating all the changes Donewald has made since taking over the program three years ago.
"We need results," he says.
—Jon Krawczynski — Twitter http://www.twitter.com/APKrawczynski
BADMINTON: APPEAL DENIED
An unwanted outcome for the South Korean female badminton players disqualified by their sport's federation — their appeal has been rejected. And Indonesia, meanwhile, has withdrawn its appeal.
— Rob Harris — Twitter http://twitter.com/robharris
QUICKQUOTE: 'TRUE BRITISH HERO'
"A true British hero. First the Tour (de France) and now Olympic Gold" — Prime Minister David Cameron hailing cyclist Bradley Wiggins on Twitter after he won gold on Wednesday.
— David Stringer — Twitter http://twitter.com/david_stringer
HELP FROM A FOLKLORE LEGEND?
Did Britain's first Olympic gold medal come with a little help from Finn MacCool?
Just before rowers Helen Glover and Heather Stanning won the final of the women's pair, Prime Minister David Cameron wished for success at a famed spot at Northern Ireland's Giant's Causeway, a dramatic natural stairway of tens of thousands of basalt rocks that run into the Atlantic.
Legend has it that the causeway was built by MacCool, a mythical Irish warrior, who fashioned a seat-like section of rock called the Wishing Chair. Visitors who recline in the alcove are reputed to have their wishes granted.
"I'm not allowed to tell anyone what it was, but as soon as I got back and turned on my mobile phone I heard the good news," Cameron said, after he visited the site early Wednesday.
— David Stringer - Twitter http://twitter.com/david_stringer
Maybe the stencils got slightly mixed up. Or perhaps the person who stenciled "London 2102" on an umpire stand at Wimbledon, the Olympics venue for tennis, was guessing when a British man would finally take the Grand Slam title. Whatever the case, the transposing of numbers at the All England Club was realized Tuesday and has been corrected.
Earlier this month, Andy Murray of Scotland became the first British man to reach the Wimbledon final since 1938. He lost in four sets to Roger Federer for the Swiss player's 17th Grand Slam title. The last British champion was Fred Perry in 1936.
— Betsy Blaney — Twitter http://twitter.com/betsyblaney
Before Dawn Harper got famous for winning an Olympic gold medal and Lolo Jones got even more famous for losing it, Michelle Perry was supposed to become the Next Big Thing in hurdling.