INTO This Week has dedicated the Announcements section to the
great London 2012 Olympic stories coming out of our partner
universities in the United States, United Kingdom and China.
UK students show off their "wiff-waff" skills at INTO China
during the Olympics
We are now more than halfway through the London 2012 Olympic
Games, with British athletes celebrating a huge medal haul on home
soil and their Chinese counterparts enjoying life at the very top
of the Olympic medal table - for the time being at least.
In China, both the press and public are fully confident that
Team China can even surpass the haul they acheived in 2008, which
totalled 100 medals, including 51 gold, and the one sport they hope
to dominate in is table tennis. It might be a cliché, but China
dominates the world at table tennis (ping pang qiu, 乒乓球) and
students at the INTO China centre at Nankai University may have
It seems that every building on campus has a table tennis room.
The dorm building and the INTO office building both have ping pong
tables, while INTO students can hone their skills during study
breaks in the College of Chinese Language café. Playing table
tennis is a part of Chinese culture as much as calligraphy or
drinking tea and everyone learns to play at school.
However, very few are aware that the game originated as a sport
in Britain during the 1880s and was originally called "wiff-waff'.
Regardless of it's origins, it still seems that China have the edge
as their medal count in the sport numbers 3 golds and two silvers!
Lets see if they can live up to the standard set by Beijing 4 years
Dispatches from London: University of South Florida students
and staff share their sights and sounds of the London 2012 Olympic
Today I made my way to see the 85 kg Olympic weightlifting. This
event was hosted at the Excel venue on the south side of London.
Before I entered, I found a large group of Thailand natives playing
music, singing their national anthem, and genuinely proud to be at
the Olympics. The group welcomed me in their celebration, despite
the language barrier. One nice man even posed for a "Go Bulls"
As I entered the venue the energy and excitement of the night's
events sent chills up my spine. I made my way along the path to the
entrance of the event. When I approached the stands, I was in awe
of the proximity of my seats. I watched the intensity and
concentration of every athlete. Some achieved, and succeeded, but
every athlete had confidence and pride to represent their country
in the 2012 Olympics. I was able to see the medal ceremony. This
was such a special moment. The admiration from the crowds for the
athletes was unprecedented. As they stepped on the platform and
received their medals, the crowd went wild. My heart was racing as
well. I knew at this very moment history was taking place right in
front of my eyes. This was a feeling I will be certain never to
Christa Roe, Proud Bull
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Judo gold winner from Russia visits INTO UEA London for press
Michele Sahrle, Professional Services Team Leader for degree
students at INTO UEA London, has now got an Olympic story to tell
after she came face-to-face with Russia's Mansur Isaev, the gold
medal winner of the men's -73kg category.
The Olympian, who had visited the centre for a press conference,
had thoroughly deserved his gold after beating Japan's Riki Nakaya,
the world number two, and earlier overcoming South Korea's Wang
Ki-Chun, the world number one and silver medal winner in Beijing
who had bettered him in their previous six meetings.