We'll light up the first night with an all-American, all Jewish girl...Miss Aly Raisman.
One wonders if this was a subtle "f*ck you" from Aly to the IOC, who refused to honor the Israeli team massacred in the Munich Olympics in 1972. If so, she deserves a third medal (she won a bronze for the balance beam as well).
Watching a strong, beautiful Jewish woman finish her last tumbling pass, triumphant, as the whole stadium clapped along to a Hebrew folk song of celebration was a great moment— a moving, joyous contrast to Munich and an example of the kind of cultural tribute that’s unstoppable in free people, no matter what the IOC says.
See you in 2012, Aly. God bless you, and may your talent and joy burn as a candle on the first night of Hanukkah...
(this video, shot about six weeks after the Olympics in San Jose, is of better quality than most of the videos of her London Olympic routine. If you must have the London version, try this one....)