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MSN: Americans make themselves at home in Rio
Interesting article on the American presence at the Olympics in Rio...or seemingly lack of presence. We are so used to seeing images of American fans wrapped in the stars and stripes and shouting USA, USA, USA. Not so for our Olympians.
"The U.S. building stands out in the Olympic athletes village for what is not there. There are no national flags flying out the windows of the 18-story drab, gray high-rise. There is no colorful bunting draped along the balconies. There are no mascots at the front door.
""You’d never know who’s staying there, until you think about it for a moment.
"The Canadians, the Germans, the Poles, the Australians – you can tell from a mile away where they’re spending the next two and a half weeks. You can’t miss the flags and signs, all bearing the recognizable colors of each nation."
It is of course a security issue. I spent three months on business in Rio in the 1990s and my security was a big concern for my company. The chances of getting robbed in broad daylight were pretty good at that time...us gringos stood out in the crowd. I expect that security has been ramped up for the games, but there still will be dumb fans venturing into streets that they shouldn't.