For two weeks, here in London, our Lynn University sports management students lived the Olympic dream.
They toured Olympic Stadium, Wembley and nearly every Summer Games venue in the Greater London area. They met with Olympians and learned about the relationships between athletes and their national governing bodies. They studied the vast security systems in place needed to keep the Games safe, as well as the massive volunteer program that kept the Olympics running smoothly.
Indeed, throughout this Olympic fortnight in London, our students learned more about the business of the Olympics, first-hand, than we could ever teach them solely in the classroom.
Along the way, our students picked up quite a flavor of the Summer Games, along with its seemingly countless international visitors and its majestic Olympic host city.
So, as we pack up and head home, here are -- courtesy of our Lynn University sports management students -- the sights and sounds of London 2012 and the Summer Olympic Games:
Mind the gap
Polska!!... clap, clap, clap (face paint optional)
So, wait, how much is that in U.S. dollars?
Are you in queue?
So what did you think of the Opening Ceremonies?
Is there free wifi here?
Walk left, stand right
Olympic rings on London Bridge
Running out of food at rowing in Eton Dorney
Long lines for tap water at Wembley Stadium
Do you have Olympic pins?
That will be 20 quid, love
Visa Card only
Wenlock and Mandeville (odd mascots, but kinda cute)
Bobbies posing for photos with tourists
Army cadets searching bags at venues
National soldiers patrolling with rifles
The Mexican Wave
Star-gazing in Olympic Park
Um, how do you intentionally lose at badminton??
Olympic Merchandise Megastores
Volunteers sitting with megaphones
BBC glorifying Andy Murray
BBC ignoring Serena Williams
Dream Team Part II
Fingernails painted in a nation's colors
Where's the loo?
This train will be calling on all stops to Victoria
Free Standard! Get your free Evening Standard!
The walk to the venue is just a wee bit farther, folks
Baked beans for breakfast
Fish and chips
Selling any tickets?
See you back in the States!
Students in Lynn University sports management's "Olympic Games Experience" class, in London for the Summer Games, contributed to this story. Follow Prof. Ted Curtis and Dr. Chad Barr on Twitter at @LynnUSportsMgmt and on Facebook at LynnSportsManagement.