Kathy Delaney-Smith’s Olympic Diary – August 2

Kathy Delaney-Smith, head coach of Harvard women’s basketball, will spend 10 days traveling to London to watch Crimson rising sophomore Temi Fagbenle compete in the 2012 Olympic Games. Delaney-Smith will be keeping a diary as she experiences the Olympics with her son, Jared, for the first time as the coach of an Olympian.

August 1 – Touching Down
London is beautiful. I got up very early (time change!) and took a nice long walk in Hyde Park. It turned out to be a bad decision because I spent the rest of the day walking all over London and in Olympic Park collecting tickets before Temi’s game. London is doing it right and I am so impressed with how smooth everything is. I love the tube and didn’t even get lost.

Unfortunately Great Britain lost a very exciting, close game to Russia, but I felt Temi was very strong. She is a force on the defensive end and had some real strong offensive moves as well (six points, five rebounds, three blocks). It was very impressive given her age and experience! She is definitely the youngest player by several years that I have seen on any team.

I wasn’t able to connect with Liz (O’Leary, head coach of Radcliffe heavyweight crew) and Cory (Bosworth, assistant women’s basketball coach) yet. Temi’s game was sold out so they couldn’t get tickets. Jared comes tomorrow so I did the game solo and got to appreciate an incredible home crowd. What an experience for Temi, playing in front of her home crowd. They had several chances to win today but some great shots just didn’t fall. I am really looking forward to Friday’s game vs France and I promise pictures.

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