Cue The Locusts
With the London Olympic Games 10 days away, the world's journalists set to provide coverage can go one of two ways.
Here in the States, they are pretty much taking a close look at the athletes in their final preparations for the trip. Chris Korman of the Baltimore Sun writes about a now-healthy Matthew Centrowitz and his first Olympic Games.
Then there is coverage of the third trips to the Games for both Allyson Felix and Lauryn Williams. And David Gendelman of Vanity Fair takes a look at the growing rivalry of Jamaican speedsters Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake.
Yet the British press is taking a different look at the 2012 Games. Yes, the 2012 Games — according to many of those accounts — will be a disaster as everyone who comes to the U.K. will be sitting in transit nearly non-stop while sheets of rain pelt the entire region without let up.
Here's the optimistic preview from a Paul Kelso piece in The Telegraph: "Despite the gloom of the wettest summer in living memory, there is cause for the smallest, most cautious dose of optimism that the weather may improve in time for the Olympics."
London hasn't hosted a Games since 1948, so those around now might not know that every Olympics — at least in the communication era — falls victim to predictions of doom and gloom with a side of stranded athletes and spectators.
The pre-Olympic hype will be worse than ever, thanks in no small part to Twitter's reach. American hurdler Kerron Clement caused a stir on Monday when he tweeted: "Um, so we've been lost on the road for 4hrs. Not a good first impression London."
That was followed by, "Athletes are sleepy, hungry and need to pee. Could we get to the Olympic Village please?" Soon the Vancouver Sun seized the moment to write that Clement was "fuming."
Chair of the London Organizing Committee Sebastian Coe, of course, was asked about the multitude of fuming athletes. His response was perfect as he offered, "Apart from a misturning and a couple of tweets we're in pretty good shape."
He's in for a long 10 days.