A few comments concerning said event:
1. Production: They are doing a bit better with less blathering by the announcers (exception being Bruce Jenner interview) I'd much rather have heard something from Milt Campbell who was also there. Milt's post Olympic career and life tell a much better story of America. He got less than a full second of camera time.
"At the 1951 Pan American Games, Browning Ross placed 1st in the 1500 meter run, shared 1st in the 3000m steeplechase, and finished 4th in the 5000m run. A controversy occurred in the 3000m steeplechase, where two Americans, Curtis Stone and Ross had pulled away from the field. Stone slowed down on the last straightaway and held Ross's hand as they crossed the line together. Argentine officials debated for two hours whether their actions violated rules requiring athletes to make an effort to win before finally allowing the results to stand.
From Bill Blewett - "George, On the subject of Lolo Jones: I saw the piece about her on the NBC Nightly News, and was awed by the magnitude of high-tech support she has received to prevent a repeat of 2008, i.e., hitting the ninth hurdle. To me it seems simple, fatgue takes hold even in a race of only 100 meteres, causing the stride to shorten late in the race. The 10 cameras and real-time computer modeling is merely technology in search of an application, withthe only real benefit being to market her sponsors ' products. She's on the team, because of her talent, resolve, and assiduous training, not because of high-tech gadgets."