London Olympics: 5 things to know for Thursday

Thursday, July 26, 2012 | 9:55 a.m. CDT; updated 4:06 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 26, 2012
Maria Sharapova of Russia practices Thursday as coach Carl Ake Thomas Hogstedt watches at the All England Lawn Tennis Club at Wimbledon at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Thursday is the draw for tennis. Competition is scheduled to begin Saturday.

LONDON — Here's what to watch for at the London Olympics on Thursday:

1. Getting closer: The Olympic torch travels past some famous and venerable landmarks — the Houses of Parliament, St. Paul's Cathedral and Buckingham Palace, among others — on the second-to-last day of its 8,000-mile (12,900-kilometer) journey.

2. Tennis draw: Who will have the best route to the final? Thursday is the draw for men's and women's tennis.

3. David Cameron: The British prime minister gives his view on all things Olympic inside the park. What's his take on the security situation as the games approach?

4. Michelle Obama: The U.S. first lady arrives in London. Expect to see a lot of her — and a lot of security around her — as of Friday morning.

5. Romney visits: The Republican presidential candidate meets with British leaders, including Cameron and former prime minister Tony Blair.


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