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From Beijing To Baltimore

Beijing 2008

August 18, 2008|By Rick Maese and Kevin Van Valkenburg

The Sun's Olympic correspondents, Rick Maese and Kevin Van Valkenburg, are blogging to each other at baltimoresun.com/olympicsblog . An excerpt:

To: Kevin, et al.

Subject: Before we talk about 2012 ...

The rail at Churchill Downs ... in the shade at Amen Corner ... ringside at a heavyweight title fight ... the Wrigley Field bleachers ... in front of the Crazies at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

I'm not sure what you think the coolest seat in sports is, Kevin, but I got to think being at the Water Cube these past nine days is pretty close to the top. And sitting in front of a television and soaking it all in from home is not a bad second.

Put simply: I'd never seen anything quite like it, and I don't think I will again. Eight races, eight gold medals, seven world records. A couple of the races stood out, but there will be nothing like the moment that followed the final relay. You knew it was coming - you knew he was about to win No. 8 - yet there was still a sense of shock when it was over, when the realization slapped you in the face. Oh sweet, merciful ghost of Poseidon, Michael Phelps just won eight gold medals at the Olympics.

Rick Maese

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