The Associated Press
August 10, 2012
US 1948 gold medalist Ray Lumpp poses in a US team cap after he talked to Associated Press in London, Friday, Aug. 10, 2012. Ray Lumpp is in London to be a mascot of sorts for the US basketball team playing in the London 2012 Olympic Games. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

London has changed quite a bit since 89-year-old Ray Lumpp came to compete in the 1948 Olympics.

Lumpp recalled St. Paul's Cathedral as being a dome surrounded by rubble. He remembered the food rationing and the military barracks at Uxbridge where the U.S. basketball team slept.

But what impressed him the most was the warmth and resilience of the British people, who put on the games even though they were struggling themselves.

"Whatever the British people had, they shared with us," he said.

The gold medalist is back in the capital as a special guest of the U.S. men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski — a little special something to motivate the team.

— Danica Kirka — Twitter http://Twitter.com/danicakirka


EDITOR'S NOTE — "Eyes on London" shows you the Olympics through the eyes of Associated Press journalists across the 2012 Olympic city and around the world. Follow them on Twitter where available with the handles listed after each item.