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London has been the most extraordinary city to live in for the past couple of weeks.
The atmosphere has been remarkable, a city so focused on drive, on speed, on "go go go" has taken a step back, breathing in what it is like to be an Olympic city.
London streets are filled with Olympians, fans and tourists. Right now, it's a perfectly normal sight to see athletes from scores of different countries. They proudly wear their team tracksuits on the Tube, share buses with nationalities from the Netherlands to Nigeria and give directions to fans wearing elaborate costumes of their homeland. In my case, a Dutch fan dressed inexplicably as a banana!
iReporters are also experiencing the action, documenting the sights and sounds of everything Olympic. Needless to say, it has been the perfect opportunity to reach out to the global iReport community. It has been incredible to see established iReporters and newcomers to the site rise to the occasion and the spirit of the games by sending in photos and videos of the events, celebrations, commiserations and the sheer joy of being with hundreds of different nationalities.
It's impossible to pick favorites from so much quality content, but it was great to see iReporter Misael Runcon send in the most wonderful images of himself, his son, and his colleagues celebrating Dominican sprint sensation Felix Sanchez's 400m victory. New iReporter Richard Gough sent in a beautifully contemplative interview with a Methodist pastor ruminating on art and the Games. And Nigerian superfan Ebube Ahiarakwe sent iReport a delightful image of himself in the famous "Bolt" pose after the Jamaican wonder sprinter Usain Bolt. iReport's Open Story on the Olympics features these stories along with other great content from almost a dozen nations, and has more stories coming in everyday.
The famous 18th century English writer Samuel Johnson once wrote that "when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life." At the moment, with the city pulsing with the energy of the Games, it seems like he was on to something.
yes, London Olympics is truly an exciting event to watch and remember...thanks to CNN iReport for providing a forum and site for all the Olympics sights and sounds....
I'm really enjoying every moment of it... the Olympics and iReporting, thanks CNN.
You're welcome, both! And thanks for sending in such great pictures, keep them coming!