Vai Takes London

NBC10 Sports Director Vai Sikahema takes in the sites and sounds of the London Olympics.

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The NBC10 London Bureau of Vai Sikahema, photojounralist Brian Iacone and tech wiz Jamie Simmons.
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Vai Sikahema had a chance to meet up with Philly Olympic legends Herb Douglas, 90, a bronze medalist in 1948 and Ira Davis, 75, a three-timee Olympian in the 50s and 60s.
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<a href="https://twitter.com/VaiSikahema/status/233854433811906560">@VaiSikahema</a>: "My London boss, Jane Geelan. Married a S Philly guy & Iggles fans living in Dallas!"
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"Japan's women's soccer team who lost to US in gold medal game."
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"With my son Trey at Olympic Stadium for athletics."
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"U-S-A! U-S-A!"
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"Lauren Jiggetts, NBC Chicago; Bruce Beck, NBC New York; me; & Dan Hellie, NBC DC. Great teammates."
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<a href="https://twitter.com/VAISIKAHEMA">Follow Vai on Twitter</a> for all the latest from London: "So the first thing Carli (lloyd) says to me: "Hey you're getting this tweeting thing down!' LOL #PhillyOlympics"
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"At soccer presser. Japan team at podium. Honor on the line for them. So much national pride."
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"Japan's Fuji TV overheard someone saying I played "football" Suddenly I'm an expert."
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"Ah, on any given day, we gotta just take it 1 game at a time. Play our game. LOL #PhillyOlympics"
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Vai is joined by the rest of the NBC10 London Bureau - photographer Brian Iacone and tech lead for the division Jamie Simmons.
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The St. Andrews Prep School from Aurora, Canada marches along as Vai stands guard.
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"We call them LINES, Brits call it a QUE. I call it too long."
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<a href="https://twitter.com/VaiSikahema/status/232051535281000451">Vai's a roadie for the (Royal) Band</a>.
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The scene as fans wait for the Women's Olympic Marathon to loop on by.
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"<a href="http://yfrog.com/kekkpltj">You think Americans are nuts</a>? #phillyolympics"
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"Abington High & UPenn's Susan Francia & her Women's 8 gold! <a href="https://twitter.com/VaiSikahema/status/231344195300896768">#PhillyOlympics</a>"
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Is that Ben Franklin?
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Crowds pack Olympic Park
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"Crowd Control"
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"Just realized I've been walking around all day with the sticker on my new khakis. Ugh."
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"NBC intern Leigh Amber Small <a href="https://twitter.com/TooSmall">@TooSmall</a> from North Philly!"
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"Fellow BYU grad Todd Harris -- NBC's play-by-play announcer for cycling. Cougars baby!"
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Vai with the only Olympian from Delaware, distance swimmer Andrew Gemmell.
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"Ever wonder how it looks from the 1st row of the 2nd deck on an upper-decker bus?"
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<a href="https://twitter.com/VaiSikahema/status/230321688619917312">@VaiSikahema</a>: "Forgot to ask them what events they're competing in. Definitely British though."
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"With my son Trey at US vs Tunisia Men's Basketball."
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"Two Philly kids sat in front of me. Becca Aronson & fiance Matt Makover. Penn alums #PhillyOlympics."
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"Coulda extended my NFL career had I worn these pads #PhillyOlympics," <a href="https://twitter.com/VaiSikahema">@VaiSikahema</a>.
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"Cracks me up the volunteers use foam fingers to give directions."
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"Our live location overlooking Olympic Stadium... call it Hollywood Squares. I'm in Paul Linde mid box."
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Vai getting work doen editing a package behind the scenes.
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A concert stage built over the water.
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"Lack of tix isn't a reason not to watch Games in Olympic Park."
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NBC10 Sports Director Vai Sikahema and photographer Brian Iacone are in London to cover the 2012 Olympics. Vai is keeping everyone updated on his Twitter feed: <a href="http://twitter.com/VaiSikahema">@VaiSikahema</a>. Here is Vai in London in his own words.
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<a href="http://twitter.com/VaiSikahema/status/227707404521992192" target="_blank">At Buckingham Palace</a> with NBC10 ace photog Brian Iacone -- the pride of Washington Township High School, representin'
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<a href="http://twitter.com/VaiSikahema/status/228111918911614976" target="_blank">SI legendary writer Jack McCallum</a>, who lives in Bethlehem, Pa. and his new book on the 92 Dream Team.
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We lug all of our equipment to field hockey stadium only to learn the U.S. Women's Team wasn't practicing :-(.
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Preparing four Q&A and gathering my thoughts before interview with 76ers coach & NBC basketball analyst Doug Collins.
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<a href="http://twitter.com/VaiSikahema/status/228138114852466688" target="_blank">Interviewing 76ers coach & NBC Olympic basketball analyst Doug Collins</a>. Look for our Q&A Friday morning on NBC10!
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"Our live shot location beginning early (Thursday) a.m. Serene now but will be jammin' tommorrow through entire Games."
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"<a href="https://twitter.com/VaiSikahema/status/228161524571713536">Shout out to Jillian & Christine</a>: Drivers are optional in the Olympic lane 'cause there's no traffic! LOL"
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Vai even checked out an iconic London phone booth.<br /> <a href="http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/video/#!/news/sports/Vai-Goes-on-the-Search-for-Water-Ice/163890726" target="_blank">Vai Searches for Water Ice in London</a>
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"No pain no gain. Startin' the day on the treadmill. Big, BIG day!"
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"<a href="http://yfrog.com/h8987ycj">Going with the Tiger blood Sunday look</a> for first day on TV from London. Don't miss me on NBC10..."
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"My baby takes the mornin' train, he works from 9 to 5, and then..."
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"<a href="https://twitter.com/VaiSikahema/status/228421485876879361" target="_blank">First day (Thursday) of live reports</a>. So far, so good. Other than losing my phone for a spell. But it was found. Whew!"
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"NY Jets owner Woody Johnson. Told him Mark Sanchez stinks but Tebow is worse. AFTER the photo. LOL"
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This whole experience can be exhausting for Vai.
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"Taking 'SEPTA' to our afternoon shoot."
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"Groups of kids from various nations head to Opening Ceremony" including Turkey.
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...and "American kids"
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Vai hangs out with some members of Team Croatia.
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"Tower of London tour guide."
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"Breakfast of champions -- fish & chips. Wish they still served it in newspaper -- ink adds to flavor."
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Vai and his son Trey.
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"Head of U.S. Gymnastics & '84 gold medalist Peter Vidmar. Also NBC analyst."
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