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Take 2 — London Calling

Seattle Times readers who are traveling to London for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games are taking over our Take 2 blog to share their Olympic experiences from the United Kingdom.

August 13, 2012 at 12:00 PM

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Best of London Calling

The Olympics are a spectacle of athletics, with thousands of athletes competing in 36 sports. From our living rooms, we witnessed Michael Phelps become the most decorated Olympian, Usain Bolt solidify his spot as the fastest man in the world, the U.S. women’s soccer team avenge its World Cup loss to Japan and so much more.

But the Olympics are also about the spectacle of a city transformed for the Games. Several Seattle Times readers experienced the Olympics right from London and the surrounding areas, and throughout the Games, they shared the fan experience. One contributor had a royal sighting, another sat through 28 women’s basketball games (before needing a break), and another felt the whoosh of the cyclists speeding by during the road race.

Some contributors enjoyed watching sports that weren’t in the spotlight (like show jumping and sailing), and a few ran into Olympic events unintentionally (the torch relay and the women’s marathon). Many contributors enjoyed meeting people from around the world. The food, the music and the atmosphere were also big factors in the Olympic experience.

Thank you to all our London Calling bloggers for sharing the Olympics with us here at home.

Young Olympics fans wave the American flag outside Glasgow's Hampden Park Stadium where a women's soccer event took place. Photo by Amanda Geismann

Click here or on the photo to see a gallery of some of the best of our contributors’ photos.

Amy Bergstrom is an associate sports producer for who, along with former intern producer Alexandra Gibb, has been working with our London Calling contributors.

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