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Sunday, 4:00 p.m. ET/9:00 p.m. London -- Closing Ceremony
Just as I stated for the Opening Ceremony, I can't be objective here. These Olympics have been magical for the British and for me too. I just watched the first half of the Closing Ceremony with locals from Britain and from the Spice Girls to George Michael, they felt so proud about what London accomplished tonight and over these past 2 1/2 weeks. They watched the progression from "joy to doubt to hesitance to questioning the value to utter rapture and captivation," to quote one of my friends. There's going to be a national hangover tomorrow (I'll feel it too) when there are no athletics to watch and there is no Team GB to cheer on. The motto of these Olympics is "Inspire a Generation" and let's hope these Games wiil do that here and across the world.
Sunday, 10:30 a.m. ET/3:30 p.m. -- Allyson Felix
She's the first U.S. woman to win three gold medals since Florence Griffith Joyner and couldn't be more humble. Allyson Felix considers athletes like Flo Jo and Jackie Joynee Kersee to be legends. Well, now she is a legend too and hopes to be a role model for kids, a real life example of why you should always keep going after your dreams. Felix won the silver in 2004 in the 200-meters and again in 2008 but came back fighting to win the gold in 2012 in the 200-meter race, and the 4 x 100m and 4 x 400m relays. She's heard from a range of celebrities including First Lady Michelle Obama and Magic Johnson. As for the celeb she'd most love to meet, that's easy -- she said Will Smith! Stay tuned for my interview with the track and field star coming soon on iVillage.com.
Sunday, 8:30 a.m. ET/1:30 p.m. ET -- Most Inspirational
As I've mentioned, the motto of these Olympics is "Inspire a Generation," and I can't think of any athlete more inspirational than Lopez Lomong, who represented the U.S. in the 5,000 meters Saturday night. As a child, he fled Sudanese rebels and spent a decade in a refugee camp until he was ultimately adopted and brought to the U.S. He placed 7th in London and says his goal in Rio in 2016 is to win a medal as his way of saying thank you for everything America has done for him. Stay tuned for my interview with the most inspirational athlete I've met yet coming soon on iVillage.com.
Saturday, 6:30 a.m. ET/11:30 a.m. ET -- The Last Day
I wanted to feel the excitement of the men's marathon, one of the last events of these 2012 Games, so I headed to an area near Westminster Abbey to watch the action. The sidelines were filled with Brits who said these Olympics have been amazing for the city and the country. "It's been absolutely wonderful," said a woman from Devon. "Whatever problems there were, the media have made a hash of it, right, honestly over-emphasizing the minor mistakes really and it's gone really well," said a British man. I couldn't agree more!
The cost of Kelly's travel to London was paid by Procter & Gamble.