- CHARITY BENEFIT
All is bright and sunny over here in London, the weather has been incredible and the Olympic Park is quite amazing. Team USA Wheelchair Rugby won their first game against Great Britain on Wednesday afternoon; routed Japan on Thursday as retribution for their beating Team USA in Canada by a point; and trounced France yesterday. Today it Team USA against the evil Canadians to see who goes for the Gold. The semi-final games this afternoon are USA vs. Canada and Australia vs Japan. Great Britain, Sweden, Belgium and France are battling for the 5-8 slots tonight. Then tomorrow are the Medal rounds – first the Bronze (which we would rather not be in), then the Gold (which we’d rather win). Nick has been playing great. They all have. The team is seamless. They throw balls without looking and just know someone will be there. They roll around that court with a mission. And, Nick’s mouth is open and talking trash to the other team constantly.
Our core group of Elizabeth, Cooper, Olivia and moi have been supplemented at the games by the likes of Elizabeth’s brother Ted (who is on his way to Switzerland) and her mom Mary-Ellen and Step-Dad Jake, Jeremy Kramer (over here for a girl, Lewis Elder (who we met in Scotland in 1998 and have hardly seen since – Facebook is wild), Lisa Scott Gordon & hubby, Eileen Wise & hubby & cousin, a surprise visit from Nick Guest and even more of a surprise from John, Michael and Caitlin Boulos who all happened to be in London. Of course, Victor Calise (who really mentored Nick in wheelchair sports right out of the hospital) and his girls have been here, and today Natasha Austin and her family might join (she was in the burn unit with Nick back in 1999 when the car she was driving in exploded and her legs were badly burnt – but she’s well and fine and is a big financial whiz who is also over here for this particular week for work). Lots of fun seeing everybody. No time for sight-seeing (though we have gone to the Lamb & Flag – a great & very old pub – and Gordon’s Wine Bar – also ancient and carved out of the Embankment rock and only lit by candles. But our apartment is great (in Bloomsbury right near the British Museum) and our focus is on the Olympic Park and Team USA. Going for the Gold!!! A quicker update tomorrow to let you know how it all comes out. By the way, I am attaching a link to a story that ran here about Nasty Nick!!