London organizers want the 2012 Summer Olympics to be public transport games ... including, if they want, for athletes.
Netherlands Olympian Yao Jie is staying in the Olympic Village in east London but her sport, badminton, is in Wembley Arena in northwest London (I once saw James Brown play there; great show).
She said the trip took her 2½ hours on an Olympic bus on Wednesday. So she switched Thursday to public transport — and rode back from Wembley first on the Tube followed by the high-speed Javelin train to the Olympic Park, joining the rest of us plebs. Yao was impressed.
"It's so quick!" she exclaimed as the Javelin pulled in to Stratford, home to Olympic Park. So quick, in fact, that I got her photo on the train and tweeted it but didn't learn much else about her. Her official bio says she reached the last 16 in singles at the Athens Olympics in 2004.
—John Leicester — Twitter http://twitter.com/johnleicester
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