Eyes on Games as London gears up for greatest spectacle
On the eve of the greatest show on earth, here are a few snippets bringing you the flavour and goings-on around the London Games.
It was a midnight Olympic light show -- unexpected and free -- for residents of London's Stratford section.
A technical rehearsal for the opening ceremony wrapped up past midnight with two full minutes of fireworks early Thursday over Olympic Stadium, a spectacular (if loud) treat for the neighborhood that adjoins Olympic Park. On Stratford's High Street, people making their way home stopped, looked up and oohed and ahhed.
Will it offset the expected gridlock they're girding for in their community? Maybe not. But it was a nice late-night gift for those out and about at the late hour.
Image: A light display is seen at the Olympic Stadium after a full dress rehearsal in London on Wednesday
Photographs: Ki Price / Reuters
The crowd was the star at the torch relay
Fire and Emotion
The most striking thing about the Olympic torch relay is just how touching it is.
Hundreds of people, many families with young children, got up early Thursday to see the torch as it left the north London district of Camden at 6:50 a.m. The good-natured crowd defied security guards' efforts to corral them behind barriers, mobbing the former English rugby star who was the first torchbearer of the day.
Forget the celebrities and the sports stars and the local heroes carrying the torch. The crowd itself was the star.
It was Day 69 of a 70-day journey across the country that culminates in Friday's opening ceremony. Hundreds of family memories were made on Thursday.
Image: Former decathlon world record holder and Olympic gold medallist Daley Thompson carries the Olympic Torch at the relay on Thursday
Photographs: Matthew Lloyd / Getty Images