Another Olympic welcome home
Some of the most heartfelt ceremonies of the Summer Olympics took place not on raised platforms before cheering crowds in Beijing, but in living rooms and backyards in hometowns across the United States. Here's one of them, shot by Eddy Hartenstein, our new
photo intern publisher.
That's U.S. Olympian Will Simpson, fresh from the airport, being welcomed home to Hidden Valley on Tuesday night by his sister, Kerry Simpson (in the red-striped shirt) and a bunch of friends and neighbors. Someone used a forklift to attach a banner to a telephone pole and hoisted it across the road. No word on what's in all those glasses.
Next up for Hartenstein, who grabbed a camera when he saw this celebration in his neighborhood — a stint on the night cops beat. (Just kidding.) (I think.)
— Veronique de Turenne
Photo: Eddy Hartenstein / Los Angeles Times