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Some sounds are there to be savoured


headers and volleysSimon Denyer blogged this week about the cheesy American rock music that has drowned out so many moments of quiet at these Games. What’s so wrong with the sound of silence, he asked?

Well, there are some sounds at the Games that have been worth hearing, especially if you’ve been lucky enough to get as close to the action as we have.

It’s not so much the roar of the crowds that took me by surprise. Having attended many a basketball and American football game, that was nothing new — though the roar of ”Go China” at some of the Olympics events was truly impressive.

What I’m talking about are the sounds of some of the sports I’ve never before had the chance to witness up close at such a high level of performance.