The earth moved for us here in Athens on Tuesday.
We experienced our first earthquake -- either during or not during an Olympics -- in late afternoon.
The first order of business was to turn to Channel 20 on the Magic TV. Parthenon still standing? Check. Carry on!
The aftershocks just kept coming during the busy evening:
* Light heavyweight Andre Ward defeated two-time champion Yevgeny Makarenko of Russia to advance to the semifinal and ensure the U.S. boxing team will not get shut out.
* The U.S. equestrian team took silver in dressage, its first team medal in the discipline in 72 years.
* American Joanna Hayes won a shocking victory in the 100-meter hurdles in Olympic record time after world champion Perdita Felicien hit a hurdle, and then the track. Teammate Melissa Morrison was third.
* Hawaiian Bryan Clay took the silver medal in the decathlon.
* Hicham El Guerrouj of Morocco finally captured his elusive gold medal in the 1,500, collapsed in tears on the track, then took an emotional victory lap.
* Those who left the track after that missed Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia setting a world record in the women's pole vault (16 feet 11/4 inches).
* The U.S. women's water polo team lost its semifinal to Italy on a goal with two seconds to play.
If these are the results, we should have those little 4.5 quakes more often.
BUST OF THE DAY: Two-time defending world champion Serbia and Montenegro (2-4) finished next-to-last in the 12-team men's basketball tournament. Only Angola had a worse performance.
SURPRISE OF THE DAY: Russian wrestler Alexander Karelin, whose unbeaten streak was famously broken in Sydney by American Rulon Gardner, showed up at Gardner's matches Tuesday in the 264-pound (120kg) Greco-Roman competition. Gardner didn't know Karelin was coming; he was spotted in the half-empty venue by Gardner's brother. "Sure, it motivates you," Gardner said. "He didn't lose for 13 years. He's the greatest wrestler of all time."
TOO MUCH INFORMATION: After Hungarian discus thrower Robert Fazekas was stripped of the gold medal and expelled from the Games for a drug violation, the Hungarian delegation, according to the IOC, said that Fazekas "was a deeply religious person who has always had difficulty to produce a sufficient quantity of urine in front of sample collectors." Fazekas apparently provided 25 milliliters of urine, one-third short of the required minimum sample, and refused to give another. Two doping control officials cited "suspicions and allegations concerning certain technical methods and devices which would be used by certain athletes in order to avoid delivery of their own urine," the IOC said. Should we know this much about a perfect stranger?
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"A Stanford education wasted."
-- U.S. soccer player
Brandi Chastain, after seeing teammate Julie Foudy put weight
on her sprained ankle while trying to board a bus.
SIGN OF THE ACROPOLIS: Organizers say the Closing Ceremonies will include Greek folk dancing and at least one symbolic wedding, with table cloths and wine. Perhaps the couple that made a baby during Opening Ceremonies has decided to tie the knot. Wonder where they are registered?
-- Tracee Hamilton