While Japan's Kitajima screamed to victory in Athens 6,400 miles away, Texas Tech english professor Ken Baake was ruling out the backstroke. "I think I was doing it wrong. I got bursitis," he joked.
Olympic fever is here. A fever fanned by over 1,200 hours of coverage. NBC, MSNBC, CNBC, USA, Bravo, Telemundo, and NBC HDTV. Three times as much coverage as Sydney. By the time the last medal is won, the peacock hopes to rake in $50 million in real gold, and leave America with an authentic taste of Greece.
"I'm going to make a beautiful Greek salad," said Christos Kouloukis, one of just a handful of full-blooded Greeks on the South Plains.
"About 30," he said.
"Just 30 Greeks in Lubbock?" he was asked.
"Yeah," he said.
He moved to Tahoka five years ago. He installed a TV last week to see home.
What was it like seeing the homeland? "It was fantastic," he beamed.
And fantastic describes his cuisine. Food so good you could scream.