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LONDON – Ohhhh, Mariel. I wasn’t necessarily rooting for former Notre Dame fencer Mariel Zagunis because she’s a semi-local, or because she’s an American, or because she’s got a good story and was selected to be Team USA’s flagbearer — although those were all good reasons to cheer.
The Mariel Zagunis I knew had a great laugh. She joked. She smiled. She was bright-eyed, and maybe, a little, naive.
South Korea's Kim Jiyeon won the Olympic Games women's fencing sabre gold medal on Wednesday defeating Russia's Sofya Velikaya 15-9. London Mayor Boris Johnson, tipped as a possible future British prime minister, made a striking entry to an Olympic event by zipwire Wednesday -- only to get stuck dangling over the crowd.