Death and terror did not stop the Olympics today. But they certainly changed the mood of these Games from "faster, higher and stronger" to sadder, deeper and more worried. As athletes, fans and officials struggled with their emotions today, the XXVI Olympics resumed less than eight hours after a bomb in resulted in two deaths and injured 110 others.

Perhaps as a testament to the times, one spectator at Olympic Stadium found this day almost familiar. Unfortunately, Jolie Britt is only 9 years old. "I know what this is like because I live in Oklahoma City," said Britt, her baseball cap on backward while watching the hammer throw. "It's just sad."

"Our children are losing their innocence early," said her father, Matthew Britt, a doctor. "We've told her life is not fair and that there are good and bad people in the world. All we can do is be the good ones and overcome this kind of thing. We were determined to be here today. We didn't let time stand still back in Oklahoma City and we weren't about to let that happen here. If you give in to fear, whoever did this would've gotten exactly what they wanted."

Voice after voice here expressed similar thoughts as the Games resumed: The proper response to terrorism is courage. And if courage has no way to express itself, then stoic defiance will have to do.

So, tens of thousands of people arrived at a dozen Olympic venues, standing in long security check lines in a steady rain, to enjoy, as best they could, the most subdued Olympic day since 1972 in Munich.

One outburst in Olympic Stadium was particularly spontaneous. At 10:48 a.m., the public address system announced: "Please be extra careful with your belongings. Any bags left unattended will be confiscated by security." The crowd cheered.

A short time later, at the beach volleyball venue in Jonesboro, Ga., security officers saw an unattended black nylon bag in the second level of the stands and cleared the area of 100 people. Unlike the infamous package left in front of the AT&T tower before the bomb explosion early Saturday morning, somebody returned to claim it.

One of the most renowned athletes in these Games, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, had to withdraw from the heptathlon after straining her hamstring in the high-hurdles portion of her event. Though at 34 she was not favored to win a third straight gold, her attempt at that age-defying feat was a much-anticipated moment here.

Finally, well after sunset, these Games got the first hint that, with a bit more time, a festive mood may eventually return. After a long desultory day, fireworks of a proper athletic kind errupted. First, a pair of Americans who are in love with each other -- 100-meter sprinter Gail Devers and triple jumper Kenny Harrison -- both won gold medals in their events. Devers won by a forehead with a leap while Harrison upset legendary Jonathan Edwards. Then Canada's Donovan Bailey set a world record in the 100-meter dash (9.84). If these Games had been halted a day, perhaps none of that would've occurred.

After terrorists murdered 11 Israeli athletes and a coach in Munich, the Olympics stopped for a day of mourning. That, however, was a political act that happened in the Olympic Village. This was a pipe bomb in a public park in the middle of Atlanta. The park was accessible, free and friendly to everyone -- even if they had no tickets. Because the circumstances were so different, so was the response.

"We did not speak about {canceling events}," said Italy's Primo Nebiolo, the chief of the International Amateur Track and Field Federation. "In my life, I have faced so many situations. I have been {in} war. What is this? This is bad for the inhabitants here. It is not acceptable. I express my condolences. . . . But we will continue."

No victory or defeat in any event will be felt so deeply as the 1:26 a.m. blast in Centennial Park, the place at these Games that had come to symbolize this event in its best fountain-splashed, music-filled international light.

"I just can't understand anyone wanting to come here and disrupt this," said American quarter-miler Jearl Miles. "If it's politically motivated, leave us out of it. We've worked so hard to be here. . . .

"It's like someone invading your home and stealing something," Miles added. "I think about it a lot. You walk by a knapsack and you hope it's not a bomb."

Perhaps only those who have attended the Games have a sense of the depth of commitment felt by many of those who consider themselves part of the Olympic movement.

Philip Deibert is a Pennsylvania cardiologist now, but 28 years ago, when he swam for Temple University, he was an alternate on the U.S. Olympic team at 50 and 100 meters for the Mexico Games. The experience changed his life. Since then, he's attended five Olympics and used every professional opportunity to travel the world "filling two passports" with country stamps.

"The Olympics is a spiritual event for me. This is the best thing that human beings do -- at least in the areas that I've been exposed to. Including medicine," said Deibert, his hands full of hot dogs at Olympic Stadium. "This isn't about entertainment or sport. It's about spirit.

"That's why I'm so horrified and shocked for my country. There are no words for the embarrassment I felt when I heard about it," he said, wearing a pin that read "Ducit Amor Patriae" (leading in love of country). "I was in Istanbul when the Oklahoma bombing happened. The rest of the world doesn't have much of a handle on us. They love it when we screw up. We're not John Wayne movies or the Minutemen. But I know how this'll play around the world.

"Americans are the friendliest people I've met in the world. You have to prove yourself more in India or China. If you ask for help from 1,000 Americans, 999 will help and only one will be delighted you're in trouble," said the heart specialist. "So many good people . . . but one drop of ink can muddy a clear glass of water. Now, this Olympics is muddy." Then Deibert paused and added, "Those {one-in-a-thousand} sure are very expensive people."

If nothing else, this tragedy has ensured that almost no one here will complain about security inconvenience. In a pouring rain in the morning, huge crowds waited patiently as every bag was opened at security checkpoints. One man even got annoyed when a piece of his electrical equipment was not inspected. The Olympic flame still burned strongly this evening as attention at these Games turned to who would win the 100-meter dash. However, most minds here hadn't totally made the switch.

"Our culture is famous for random acts of violence. It's awful to have one of them directed at an institution which is dedicated toward peace," said Matthew Britt, disgustedly. His medical vocabulary slipped away. He seemed frustrated with what happened. "It just shows," he said, "that there are some sick people out there." CAPTION: ATF agents gather evidence at site of Saturday's explosion. "It's like someone invading your home and stealing something," runner Jearl Miles said of the bombing.