By Sam Sachs
President Thomas C. Hudnut, Matt Beyer ’15 and Matthew Stieg ’14 were three of the reported nine million people in attendance at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Hudnut attended the games to cheer on Alex Osborne ’05, Ali Riley ’06, Track Coach Felix Sanchez and his son Peter Hudnut ’99.
Peter won a silver medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics with the USA Men’s Water Polo Team, falling to Hungary in the gold medal game.
However, the U.S. mens’ water polo team was unable to medal in London, and ultimately finished in eighth place overall.
“It was a mixed Olympics for Harvard-Westlake,” Hudnut said. “Disappointments aside, it was a wonderful fortnight for sports enthusiasts. The spirit all over the city was amazing and the better [Great Britain] did, the more enthusiastic everyone became. The London Olympics were amazingly well run. A party atmosphere prevailed.”
Matt Beyer picked up on the same spirit, saying it was “unlike anything else in sports.”
He, his sister Jackie Beyer ’13 and brother Andrew Beyer ’17 also attended the summer games in London. The Beyers saw the 4×100-meter swimming relay and also watched the USA men’s basketball team compete in its twenty-year reunion after the notorious “dream team” in the 1992 Olympics.
The Beyers were watching from the same stands as Laker superstar Kobe Bryant when Michael Phelps paraded around the Olympic Aquatic Centre after receiving the FINA lifetime achievement award for his 22 career Olympic medals.
Stieg and his family said the Olympics were the perfect time to visit London.
While in England, Stieg went to the London Eye, Westminster Abby, Buckingham Palace and other popular London attractions.
Stieg still was able to see much of the Olympics and was surprised by the entertainment factor that Olympic table tennis had.
He said that watching British Super Heavyweight boxer Anthony Joshua win the Gold medal in the last boxing event of the Olympics really stood out for him.