The Freedom Tower from this year’s Tunnel to Towers run
This September, we all marked the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. On Sunday, September 27th, the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation
marked its 14th commemorative run through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel.
On the morning of September 11, 2001, firefighter Stephen Siller was ending his shift at his firehouse in Park Slope. When he heard the news of the first plane hitting the World Trade Center, he grabbed his gear and drove his truck toward the site, only to be stopped at the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, which had been closed.
With all his gear on his back, Siller ran through the tunnel toward Manhattan, the opposite direction many of us would have chosen to run. After reaching the World Trade Center site, he would later lose his life helping others.
During the past 14 years, the 5K that commemorates Siller’s act of courage has not only grown to more than 30,000 runners and walkers, but the organization that bears his name has become a multimillion-dollar supporter of wounded warriors and first responders.
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I am a firm believer in sports as a microcosm of life. You find something you love. You try your best. You will have success. And you will experience failure. You’ll have opponents, and you’ll have teammates. Sometimes, you’ll face challenges on your own, too.
Like life, the triumph isn’t in the victory. It’s in the trying. It’s in the journey. It’s in learning the lesson and moving on, to be a better player, a better person, the next day.
Fireworks explode over the Olympic Stadium during a rehearsal for the opening ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, July 25, 2012, in London.(AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
It’s here! It’s here! It’s finally here! The Olympic Games begin today!!
Coverage of the Opening Ceremonies begin at 7:30pm EST (tape delay), so everyone better be setup in front of their televisions for the big event. Jen Maclellan and I will be in the Springfield Marriott with some serious takeout if anyone wants to join us. We’re fancy.
Today is my first day post-Pearson, and I spent it fighting with Time Warner over my new (and by new, I mean new today) DVR. The first box they brought me wasn’t working, and when I finally got someone on the phone I told them I was leaving town for a wedding tonight and had to program all the Olympics coverage I wanted to see before I left. I mean, obviously.
Anyway, that’s been fixed. But while I waited, I did watch some USA v. France women’s soccer prelims. When I started watching, the match was tied, but the US women scored two quick goals and pretty much had the rest of the game in the bag. I’m not saying I’m a good luck charm, but I am. Since things are clearly underway now, don’t forget to “like” NBC Olympics on Facebook. You can also sign into their complete Games coverage online so you don’t have to miss any of the action!
To the countdown!
I’m not trying to push the fact that you should be following Olympic athletes on Twitter, but we’ve got some athlete Twit pics today, courtesy of the Telegraph, and I think they’re an interesting, behind-the-scenes look at what’s going on while the athletes prepare for the Games. There’s also a cool, interactive venue map to play with too. But most importantly, let’s get our schedules down pat before Friday, please. If nothing, I want you all prepared. BTW, London is 5 hours ahead of us New Yorkers. Set those DVRs.
And if you’re truly die-hard, there are some preliminary soccer rounds Wednesday and Thursday, as well as archery ranking rounds on Friday prior to the Opening Ceremonies. We can look at these as warm-ups for us. And by warm-ups, I mean practicing how quickly we can uncork some wine or pop open a beer can. Practice? We talking about practice?
Practice, my friends, make perfect.
I’m just reading a weather report here and it says that London is going to be sweltering for the Olympics. Which I guess is a good thing, because from paparazzi pictures I’ve been seeing coming out of the country, it’s done nothing but rain all summer in the UK. Luckily, the Brits know how to wear wellies.
In other news, folding chairs will be banned from the Olympic sailing competition, Pepsi t-shirts have not been banned from any competitions, and the Spice Girls may be reuniting for the Closing Ceremonies. I’ll call this last one a long shot, but it could make for quite a bit of fun!
We’re getting even closer to the big day!
In an effort to gear up for the Games starting this week, I spent the majority of my morning not showering and not eating breakfast so I could watch YouTube clips of great Olympic moments. This was all well and good until all the triumphs went to my head and I started crying my eyes out. Great way to kick off my last week at my old job – late, hungry, and blotchy-eyed. Totally normal.
This morning, the Telegraph is showcasing the “Top 50 Tweeters to Follow” during the Olympics. So power up those iPhones and get to following, if you aren’t already. A true fan must be on top of the Games at all times. We’ve waited four years for this. I will allow nothing less.
Over the weekend, the Telegraph gave us a small glimpse into Friday’s Opening Ceremonies, when Olympic Stadium will be “turned into the British countryside.” All I can see is giant flowers that are going to come alive and eat people, but the Olympics aren’t going to be hosted in my studio apartment, so I guess my opinion doesn’t matter. Paul McCartney will be there, and Danny Boyle, of Slumdog Millionaire fame, will be at the helm. Supposedly they know how to put on a good show. I don’t think we’ll be disappointed.
After a fabulous weekend attending the wedding of my college roommate, I can safely say I am not in Olympic form, but fortunately for us couch potatoes, other people are. The athletes have all arrived in London, the final touches are being placed about the city, and excitement is reaching a fever pitch. Less than a week to go!
Just a week to go until Opening Ceremonies! I wish it would get here faster. I keep listening to the Olympic theme song and giving myself goosebumps. Just this morning, the Olympic torch entered London, and according to ESPN, it will be repelled from a helicopter into the Tower of London tonight, the official welcome of the torch into the Olympic city. This could not be more exciting!!
So, a lot of you don’t know this about me, but I was once a gymnast. It was for a total of two months back in the late 80s, and I eventually got kicked out because the coaches were afraid I would hurt myself. My lack of real speed and the fact that gravity is not my friend are things that I’ve only recently come to terms with, so needless to say, the realization that I would never be Mary Lou Retton was devastating. But it leads me right into today’s Olympic moment!