Time for a good, old-fashioned roundup of the week our locals had over there in Athens:
Concord-born Cal swimming superstar Natalie Coughlin has had a fantastic week. SFist has had a fantastic week watching her -- a modest, joyful, powerful athlete who seems to understand that these really are games. They should be as fun as they are difficult, and it's been a pleasure to watch Coughlin exhibit that spirit. In individual events she took the gold in the 100m backstroke Monday night and the bronze in the 100m freestyle last night. In team events, she got the silver for the 400m freestyle, and helped break the world record for the 4x200 freestyle relay, previously held by East Germany, a record tainted by admitted use of performance-enhancing drugs. Coughlin has one race left, the 400m medley tomorrow. She's expected to swim the backstroke leg.