Prime Minister David Cameron has joked that he and his staff were looking forward to a prime view from the upper floors of 10 Downing Street, but alas the bleachers impede it.
Prince Harry and Mayor Boris Johnson have visited the venue, with Johnson calling the sport magnificent and bonkers.
There are semi-naked women playing beach volleyball in the Horse Guards Parade immortalized by Canaletto, Johnson, a Classics expert, blogged. They are glistening like wet otters and the water is splashing off the brims of the spectators souwesters.
Steve Grotowski, who lost to Brazil in his second pool match Monday night, was born in London and competes for Great Britain but grew up getting addicted to the game on the beaches of Fort Lauderdale. He graduated from Northeast High. So hes got both the genes and the sun-kissed skin for anything. His partner grew up in Mallorca.
Its an outdoor sport, and when youre running around, you dont notice the weather, he said. Plus, were in this amazing, historic venue. The training courts in the park are special.
I have a lot of heritage and family here, so I am thrilled.
Two-time defending Olympic champs Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh of the United States., who improved to 2-0 Monday night, won in Beijing during a steady rain.
Theyre planning to win more converts here.
Its not like California, but its what we were expecting, said poncho-attired Judy Burlingham of Newport Beach, Calif., with her husband, Bob, at their eighth Olympics. They are friends with swimmer Jason Lezak. If anyone knows rain, its the British.
Even Chaucer wrote about shoures soote, sweet showers, and made Englands weather sound poetic.