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Beijing Olympics 2008

Loughborough University's Beijing Blog

Thursday, 14 August 2008

Wednesday 13th

Smog factor high - difficult to see the Bird's Nest Studium from more than two blocks away in the morning. Sun burned through later in the day but this combined with the heat and humidity will mean only the best prepared marathon runners will be able to cope on Sunday.

After watching the swimming finals in the morning had lunch in the Olympic Park. They sell self-heating pot noodle-type meals which are great fun to eat. Meal interupted when an old Chinese man collapsed in front of me. Luckily I was beaten to him by a South African doctor who started to put him in the recovery position but who was firmly pushed away by a guy who said he was a Chinese doctor. Blue shirted volunteers went into frenzy of activity and the old man was whisked away in an ambulance within 5 minutes of collapsing. Very efficient and I hope he is now ok but the South African doctor thought he had suffered a heart attack.

In the evning we hosted an evening for our Alum at our base at Tsinghua. About 40 turned up and it was a real pleasure to meet them, hear their stories and soak up their enthusiasm and passion for Loughborough. Several had met at the University and were now life-long friends. For others it was a chance to see old friends. A great networking evening with lots of face-book addresses and cards swapped. We will try to post photos of the evening on this site later today.

Couple more media interviews today including a live interview with BBC Radio Leicester and BBC World Service.
Loughborough University - Beijing 2008

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