Track official Gordon Staines has two special words for Usain Bolt: ''Thank you!''
Staines is the guy who fired the gun to start the men's 200-meter final Thursday night, and he's downright thrilled that Bolt and his other competitors stayed ''steady'' at the start of the race and that no one had to be disqualified.
''I know I breathed a big, big sigh of relief when the gun went and they went and there was no recall,'' he said Friday.
Staines, who is from Chesterfield in central England, is one of the thousands of people who perform those anonymous tasks that make the Olympics happen.
They are the scorers and people who start clocks in every sport. There's the guy who swims to the center of the water polo pool to place the ball on a little stand before play opens. There's an army of helpers who race to the center of the beach volleyball court to keep the sand raked and smooth.
There are people who hold out the medals on the trays, people who place the hurdles on the track. The ...