AVP Blog: So far, so good


Well it’s Day 4 of Olympics competition here in Beijing. Here is a brief recap of everything that has gone on since Opening Ceremonies…

Saturday, Day 1:
9:00 a.m. — President George W. Bush makes his way to the beach volleyball venue to attend Misty and Kerri’s practice. After passing the ball with the duo, Dubya chatted with Misty about her tattoos and volleyball skills.

6:00 p.m. — Nicole Branagh makes her Olympics debut with bronze-medalist Elaine Youngs and defeated Netherland’s Kadijk/Mooren 21-19, 27-25 in Round One of pool play. Unfortunately, the first day of play did not fare as well for Phil and Todd.

Sunday, Day 2:
After a practice with George W. Bush yesterday, the “hot ticket” of the Beijing Olympics seems to be the beach volleyball venue at Chaoyang Park. With Jason Kidd in the stands today, Misty and Kerri begin their quest for another gold medal as they beat Japan’s Kusuhara/Saiki 21-12, 21-15 in Round 1. Although the match was somewhat uneventful, there was no shortage of entertainment and suspense at Chaoyang Park on Sunday! During her first match in Beijing, Kerri’s wedding ring flew off her hand as she went up for a block. The rest of the match was played and then Kerri’s other quest for gold began. With the help of NBC, officials, volunteers, staff, and metal detectors, the ring was found in the 17,000 tons of sand at Chaoyang Park.

9:00 p.m. — Heavy rain, thunder, lightening, and frogs! In a sea of thousands of bright yellow ponchos (handed out to everyone at the venue), Jake and Sean continue their streak as they defeat the Netherlands in two quick games.

Monday, Day 3:
6:00 p.m. — The stars keep flocking to the beach volleyball venue as Kobe Bryant makes his way to Chaoyang Park to see Nicole and EY take down Germany’s Rau/Pohl. Not even a full 24 hours after leading USA Basketball to a monstrous win over China last night, Kobe was all smiles as he took in some (smoggy) sun, sand, and beach volleyball.

When asked about why he chose to attend, Kobe responded ” To support our girls, that’s the first thing. And the second thing is to see one of the greatest players of all time in Emanuel. I heard he was just The Guy. So I came out here to check him out. And that’s what the Olympics is about, really — supporting your country and then seeing people who are really great at what they do. And get an opportunity to watch what they do. That’s special.”

10:00 p.m. — Phil and Todd come back…with a vengeance and a new look. Sporting a new look of red, white, and blue Oakley sunglasses with no lenses, Phil and Todd looked nothing like the tea.m. that lost to No. 23 Latvia on Saturday night. The Thin Beast and Professor were back in full-form as they dominated the Swiss tea.m. of Heyer/Heuscher 21-15, 21-10. Their next game on Wednesday will be in the morning so we are all very curious as to whether they will continue to sport the lucky lense-less glasses.

Tuesday, Day 4:
9:00 a.m. — Misty and Kerri continue world domination as they took down Fernandez Grasset/Larrea Peraza from Cuba 21-15, 21-16. There were no flying rings or metal detector today though- Kerri wrapped her ring finger in protective tape and will continue “certainly for the rest of the Olympics,” she said. “I can’t lose this thing. I didn’t know I was superstitious about it until it fell off”.

10:00 p.m. — With a few Rosie’s Raiders in the stands at Chaoyang Park, Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal take the court to defeat Germany’s Brink/Dieckmann 21-15, 21-13. The “ABC’s” of beach volleyball (a.m.erica, Brazil, and China) continue to stay strong with the only loss being Phil and Todd’s in Round One.


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