• Venus Williams beat Maja Matevzic of Slovenia 6-0, 6-0 -- the first shutout for a man or woman since tennis returned to the Olympics as a medal sport in 1988.
• "It was everything. This guy won Wimbledon and the Australian Open and now you are the player who beats him. Unbelievable."
-- Czech tennis player Tomas Berdych, who upset top-seeded Roger Federer.
• The U.S. shot put team is featured in first athletic event at the Olympic Stadium in Olympia since 393 A.D.
ATHENS -- So, whose bright idea was it to put laurel wreaths on the heads of medalists? This may have been a happening look in ancient Greece, but modern men (and women) just weren't meant to wear a crown of wilting leaves on their heads.
Just imagine, say, Allen Iverson -- more accustomed to wearing a do-rag, tatts and braids -- sporting sprouts. This is not a pretty picture. (Not that we have to lose much sleep over the prospect of the men's basketball team actually winning a medal.)
Swimmer Aaron Peirsol came close to pulling this look off, but even he looked like a bit player in a local dinner theater production of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum." In our mind, fellow swimmer Michael Phelps had the right idea, taking the silly thing off after his spectacular win in the 200-meter butterfly Tuesday.
What do you think? As you watch these medal ceremonies, e-mail us with a particularly bad wreath moment. Perhaps it's a Greco-Roman wrestler or a heavyweight weightlifter.
One final thought: Why did organizers stop at just wreaths? Why not have them don togas and sandals too? Oh wait, USA Today already did that.
Singing a Song for You Roddick is the hottest product Not bad, Vince. But we're betting we have some budding Eminems out there who can do even better. Got a rap or verse about a favorite Olympian? Send it to us and we'll publish it providing it doesn't get us sued, jailed or threatened with bodily harm. Jumping In With Both Feet Church Opens Up for the Well-Covered Up New Heights As always, we want to thank our colleagues at Reuters, the Associated Press and the U.S. Tennis Association for contributing to today's report. © 2004 The Washington Post Company
Vince Spadea keeps his U.S. tennis teammates in good spirits with his raps, one of which he penned on Andy Roddick's chances for winning gold:
After I played him, I needed an anti-biotic
He's not robotic
But he's patriotic
I had a thought in my head, he hit a serve and I forgot it
If he's in a tournament, you boycott it
Forget the diamonds, flowers or candy. How's this for a way to express your undying love? It seems a man who authorities say wanted to send "a loving message to his wife" jumped into the diving pool during Monday night's synchronized event. As a result, the security budget for these Games, already a record, is going up a few more Euros as organizers say they will increase the number of uniformed security guards ringing all of the Games' fields, pools and courts. The unidentified man ran from the stands and jumped into the pool during a break in last night's program. He was plucked from the water and turned over to police. No one was injured.
Greece's deeply insular Orthodox Church is reaching out to Olympic visitors. Dressed in black cassocks and pipe hats, clergy at 20 area churches are keeping church doors and religious monuments open through the end of the Games, even on holidays. One caveat: Modest dress is required. A sign outside the main Cathedral reads: "Keep body covered. No shorts allowed."
Gold medalist pole vaulter Stacy Dragila is accustomed to great heights, but nothing like the view she enjoyed Tuesday on her flight to Athens from Crete, where the U.S. track and field team held pre-Olympic training. The American star had a seat in the cockpit, right behind the pilot and co-pilot for the 45-minute trip.
Roddick is the hottest product
Not bad, Vince. But we're betting we have some budding Eminems out there who can do even better. Got a rap or verse about a favorite Olympian? Send it to us and we'll publish it providing it doesn't get us sued, jailed or threatened with bodily harm.
Jumping In With Both Feet
Church Opens Up for the Well-Covered Up
As always, we want to thank our colleagues at Reuters, the Associated Press and the U.S. Tennis Association for contributing to today's report.
© 2004 The Washington Post Company