I don't know anything about team handball, but it sure was thrilling
July 29, 2012 08:24 AM
Here's how I ended up at the Copper Box for team handball.
My colleague Tripp Mickle and I were in the media room at Olympic Park deciding which event to hit. We both shied away from swimming, preferring an event about which we knew little. We heard the Americans were going for gold in archery, but that event was at Lord's Cricket Ground. Too far. I was intrigued by fencing, but that venue also was too far from the media center.
We settled on team handball, which was in Olympic Park. The Copper Box was packed and loud. Great Britain's team was playing in its first Olympics and lost to Montenegro. We stayed for the next game — defending champion Norway against France — and are glad we did. France upset the Norwegians 24-23 in what was literally a thrilling game, even if I didn't understand the rules.