Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Five-Ring Circus

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Five-Ring Circus

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Five-Ring Circus

The first key to winning Olympic gold is actually getting to the venue of your event. This apparently is no small task at these Olympic games, especially for rowers trying to reach Lake Lanier.

Members of the British, Polish and Ukrainian crews hijacked a bus heading for the field hockey venue after blocking its route out of the Athletes Village.

"We stood in the middle of the road and stopped all the buses going through in order to commandeer the first bus that came along," said Alison Gill, stroke of the British crew. "The police were screaming at us to get out of the road, but soon enough one came along, but the poor victim was going to the hockey.

"However, we piled on board and informed him that he was now going to Lake Lanier. I told him to just drive."

Another group was nearly as forceful in its bid to reach the Lake. "After waiting 1 hour, 10 minutes for a bus to practice Friday, about 160 of us from several countries blocked the road so no buses could leave for anywhere," New Zealand oarsman David Schaper said. "About 20 minutes later, they got us a bus."

Now There's A Solution Perhaps irritated by all the abuse his congested, chaotic city is taking from the media, Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell offered a thoughtful response. "They should take the critics out to the shooting venue and get rid of them," Campbell quipped.

Elvis Got All Shook Up Cuban fencer Elvis Gregory had a tough Monday. He lost four controversial points to defending Olympic champion Philippe Omnes in the foil competition. The Frenchman's thoughtless teammates showered Elvis with taunts through the match.

Then, with the score tied 14-14, Omnes announced he would win. "You are nothing," Omnes said.

Elvis lost the next point and the match. He threw down his weapon, kicked the wall and refused to shake hands with Philippe. According to the Reuters news service, "As the two men walked from the arena, they began pushing each other and shouting and had to be pulled apart by security men and police."

Now that's the Olympic spirit!

Elvis had a tough day. So did Janet Evans. But Ghana light flyweight Alfred Tetteh had an epic "America's Funniest Home Videos" moment Sunday night while boxing Hamid Berhili. …

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