Truly sad day for two nations
And these weren't any two Americans, these were the in-laws to
U.S. teams were briefed on the situation, according to American athletes in the Olympic Village Saturday night, and were told that the attack is considered to be a freak event in a city with very little violent crime against foreigners, and that there would be no heightened security measures, other than a recommendation to travel in groups.
Johnson, along with shotgun coach
China has clearly gone to great lengths to make foreigners feel at home in Beijing, with particular interest in impressing Americans. Beijing cabbies -- decked out in the pale yellow shirts and navy and yellow striped ties issued by the government for the Games -- are quick to ask English-speaking passengers what image they will take home of China.
Johnson solemnly said, "I'm sure [the Chinese] are mortified" at the death of two American team family members. They came, after all, the day after triumphant opening ceremonies that packed parks with viewing screens to capacity, as "Jiayou Zhongguo!" ("Let's go, China!) rang through the streets.
After the U.S. women won their opening match against Japan, what should have been a joyful press conference was, instead, heartbreaking. "You have to understand what Liz Bachman is to USA Volleyball," said team libero
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At around 1:30 a.m., two staff members from Peking Union made their way through the labyrinthine hospital that dominates a Beijing block to address a handful of reporters who had stumbled upon a third floor conference room.
A man who identified himself as Dr. Wang, in his lab coat, shuffled across the white granite floor of the conference room and read a statement from the patient's family asking for privacy.
It was an ambiguous end to a sad day for two nations with a unique and important opportunity to get to know one another. How the tragedy of August 10, 2008 will color the XXIX Olympiad is a story that only the coming days will tell.