the trip: how important it would be
to let serendipity reveal opportunities
we never could have planned for.
After the second interview, we took
some time to read about the other
torchbearers. One was Diana Gould,
a 100-year-old member of the 8,000-
mile relay toward the opening of the
Games. She's one of many Jews who
participated in this year's Games,
which not only paid homage to the
Munich Games, but, in my opinion,
also indicated what's possible as
far as countries finding reasons to
connect, rather than let differences
spread them further apart.
As I recall meeting two Hungarians
who sat next to us at the rowing
and canoe sprints (which happen to
be their national sports), I can't help
thinking of my experience competing
in the Maccabi Games, which embod-
ies this same collaborative spirit.
Our plan is to follow up this effort
by compiling all of the conversations
we filmed into another public space
— one that lives on the Web and
connects people around the shared
experience of witnessing the 2012
Summer Olympics. The stories we
compiled will become the start of
a digital collage we're building for
anyone to share their own Olympics
experience — whether it was from
London or the living room — and
ultimately keep the spirit of the
You can experience the collage at
www.survivethespike.com , where
we're continuing to post the sights
and sounds of our trip.
While I don't yet have a complete
answer for the challenge of extend-
ing an event's longevity, it's exciting
to know that we'll get closer as more
people chime in. I look forward to
hearing about your experience wit-
nessing London 2012. I
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