Good Morning Lehigh Valley. Or G'Day. Or Khali-mehra.
After Lehigh University assistant coach Kerry McCoy lost in his pool in the 120-kilogram freestyle wrestling, it ended the medal chances for our Lehigh Valley athletes. I know former sports editor and columnist Paul Reinhard will be ribbing me about this for a while; he came home from from Sydney after Marty Nothstein won a gold medal. I didn't get to write about anyone from the valley bringing home a medal.
On a very personal note, the saddest moment for me was Kerry's loss. He is a true gentleman and role model. I admire his honesty, his directness, his determination and his faith, and to see him fall short of his dream left me deflated. What inflated me, however, was seeing Kerry just minutes after his match, talking to reporters with no regrets, just straight forward as is his usual manner. He is a credit not just to his sport, but to all athletes.
With no one competing today, I'm going to head up to the wrestling finals to see if Cael Sanderson can win the gold at 84 kilos. This morning, I walked nearly 10 miles running around town trying to get snapshots. The camera that The Morning Call had loaned to me was stolen, but the people here at Canon loaned me a different model that I have to return tomorrow, so I ran around trying to replace the photos that I had taken previously that are now property of some thief.
I walked to the top of Lycabettus Hill again, then over to the Acropolis through Plaka and Monastiraki and the Roman Agora and Ancient Agora.,over to the National Garden by the Temple of Olympian Zeus, then stopped for lunch at lucafe, where I saw my Greek friend Nestor, who manages the café. While there, Yianni from GA jewelers came over, but was called away when one of the Australian synchro swimmers and her family stopped by to buy jewelry.
On my way out after lunch, Yianni pulled me over to the table where the swimmer, her family, his partner and a friend, were seated for lunch or coffee. His partner -- whose name I can't remember, although I do remember she is 29, unmarried, very pretty (and rich, the friend said) -- was not happy that she was not mentioned in the blog when I mentioned Yianni, so I hope this will do. The Morning Call website is being read on an international scale. Yianni also introduced me to another worker or partner (I'm not sure which, sorry), Rhea, who is also very beautiful.
Well, duty calls and I must go to the wrestling competition now.
Morning Call Sports Reporter Gary Blockus is on assignment in Athens, Greece for the 2004 Summer Olympics. Gary's Athens will be providing updated reports from the Games as well as the various sights and sounds from Athens in his daily blog.