For many Olympics now, venues outside the main host city have hosted soccer matches. Needless to day, the folks in those cities get super excited to be a part of the games and nowhere was that better demonstrated than during the USA's arrival at the team hotel this evening. Literally hundreds of staff filled the lobby in a gauntlet of Olympic spirit and cheered loudly as the players walked into the hotel, presenting several huge bouquets of flowers and as well as gifts bags to each of the players. The U.S. team has received some rousing greetings before, but this was without a doubt the best ever. We didn't need this greeting to see that China is going nuts about this Olympics, but who doesn't like to be clapped into a hotel lobby? Kate Markgraf got perhaps the biggest ovation as she ran down the line of hotel staff, high-fiving each one as flashbulbs popped.
The players were given flags by the hotel staff