Postcard from Athens

Athens 2004

August 25, 2004|By CANDUS THOMSON

To pass time while riding from on Olympic event to another, few things entertain as much as the personal ads in the Athens News, the city's English-language newspaper.

"Russian dancer. 1.78 tall, perfect athletic figure, wishes to meet gentleman for outgoings."

Or "very attractive and charming lady (germ/engl) like to meet nice gentleman (also correction)." Or "American tall, dark and beautiful, 35y. young, 181 cm, highly intelligent, looking to meet generous man."

But my favorite is one perhaps the intelligence community should keep an eye on: "Man, handsome, discreet, open-minded, 26y.o. wishes to meet serious persons for good times, specially from middle east."

What's ahead today

One of the surprise stars of Sydney, heavyweight Greco-Roman wrestler Rulon Gardner, competes in the semifinals, hoping to get a chance to wrestle for a second straight gold medal.

Baltimore's Bernard Williams runs in the semifinals of the 200.

Super-heavyweight Shane Hamman seeks the first U.S. men's weightlifting medal in 20 years.

Barb Lindquist and Sheila Taormina, Nos. 1 and 2 women's triathletes in the world, respectively, put their rankings to the test.

The Greek women's basketball team, with Temple grad Athena Christoforaki, faces Temple assistant Dawn Staley and the U.S.

Today's TV schedule


12:30 p.m.--4 p.m.: synchronized swimming, beach volleyball*, canoeing, cycling

8 p.m.--midnight: track and field, diving, women's triathlon, wrestling


7 a.m.--noon: equestrian*, men's volleyball*

5 p.m.--8 p.m.: men's volleyball, men's field hockey


10 a.m.--4 p.m.: baseball*, men's volleyball, men's water polo*, women's basketball*


7 a.m.--9:30 a.m.: women's basketball*


5 p.m.--8 p.m.: boxing, wrestling


12:55 p.m.--8 p.m.: baseball*, boxing, beach volleyball

Tomorrow's early TV schedule


12:35 a.m.--2 a.m.: volleyball, track and field, weightlifting

2 a.m.--5 a.m.: prime-time replay


2 a.m.--7 a.m.: canoeing, wrestling*, men's triathlon*, taekwondo


1:30 a.m.--3:30 a.m.: baseball


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