NEW YORK – The disconnect grows wider by the day. On Wednesday, a peppy 100-days-out rally in Times Square, attended by First Lady Michelle Obama, riled the revelers into the usual pre-Olympic patriotic pomp. And on Thursday, several more to-be Olympians gave demonstrations at a second event, put on by Kellogg's, in Union Square.
Women's national soccer teamer Julie Johnston showed off ball tricks and Simone Biles, the reigning three-time world champion in women's gymnastics, flitted about on her beam in the middle of rush hour on a chilly morning. "I can't feel my toes, you guys!" she told the sympathetic crowd of 100 or so, by way of apology for taking a few corrective steps in her routine.
The United States Olympic team had already unveiled its Ralph Lauren-designed Closing Ceremony uniforms the day prior. But the message on Thursday, again, was loud and clear: The Olympics are coming.
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