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They Can Play, and They Try To Write: Athlete Blog Wrap-Up

by Jeff Briggs

Thoughts on the Opening Ceremonies from softball players Jennie Finch and Monica Abbot, synchronized swimmer Janet Culp, badminton player Bob Malaythong, freestyle wrestler Andy Hrovat and fencer Tim Morehouse.

Jennie Finch discusses her Olympic experience and President Bush visiting practice and getting "Berged".

Cyclist Christian Vande Velde has already competed (he finished 17th) and is people-watching now.

Open water swimmer Mark Warkentin talks a little bit about his coaches and lets us know he is not really an avocado farmer.

Swimmer Tara Kirk thanks everyone who has helped her in her fight and problems with the USOC.

Channing Fyre shares his thoughts on Step-Brothers and Pineapple Express.

Chris Cooley would like to see some NFL players in the Olympics.

Mark DeRosa interviews new Cubs teammate Jeff Samardzija.

Ryan Rowland-Smith gets called back up to the bigs.

Darren McFadden shares some video he shot for the TV show Madden Nation.

Thomas Williams and the Jags get a surprise off-day from Jack Del Rio as they watch Live Free or Die Hard instead of practicing.

Curtis Granderson answers some fan questions.