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In the pink; lots of pink

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Disney princess-loving girls will love the decor for the gymnastics competition. As will fans of Pepto-Bismol and bubble gum. Not many other people will. The carpeting for each of the four competition surfaces at the O2 Arena is pink, as is the banner that encircles the competition floor at the bottom of the first level of arena seating.

"It's definitely a little bit in your face," Britain's Sam Oldham said.

American Danell Leyva adopted the British "Keep calm and carry" on approach: "What's that saying, that real men wear pink? Well, real men compete on pink floors, too."

Ali is greater than brangelina

Muhammad Ali was the star of a London charity gala Wednesday that kicked off the Olympic party competition. The medal prospects for this were hurt when Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie failed to put in a much-anticipated appearance at the Sports for Peace fundraiser ($3,900 a head). The star power was left to sports figures including Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton, former tennis star Boris Becker and boxer Wladimir Klitschko, and Live Aid rocker Bob Geldof. In a rare public appearance, Ali, 70, was the guest of honor at the party and dinner at the Victoria and Albert Museum. The money raised will go to the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Ky., and for research into Parkinson's disease, with which the 1960 heavyweight boxing gold medalist was diagnosed 30 years ago. British newspapers have reported Ali might play a role in Friday's opening ceremony. "There's a possibility," Ali's brother, Rahaman Ali, said. "He makes decisions at the last minute."

London Olympic news and notes

07/25/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 11:48pm]
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