The mixed zone is an area where media stand behind railings and interview athletes after their competition is complete. They have TVs at most mixed zones so media can watch the event because there is no press box in some of these venues.
As we waited, we watched the men's semifinals in the sprint race. At some point in the race, Russian Anton Gafarov fell and broke a ski. He refused to quit, though. Gafarov tried to basically shuffle/limp to the finish with only one working ski.
Then he tumbled again. At that point, a coach came onto the course and gave Gafarov a new ski so he could finish the race. We just assumed it was his personal coach.
Gafarov finished to a standing ovation, well after his competitors had crossed the finish line.
It takes a certain sort of magic for a presidential debate to shift a race, it seems, some weird alchemy combining ingredients like viewership and mistakes and perceptions and medium. It's almost never about policy.
The repeat one-two American finish in the triple jump, the Jamaican gold medal in hurdles and Jenny Simpson's unprecedented bronze in the 1,500 meters were only part of the story in Olympic track and field Tuesday — and maybe not the best part.