Taking a slalom down memory lane

Updated: August 20, 2004, 7:27 AM ET
By Brian Church | Special to ESPN Insider
ATHENS, Greece – Another day, another venue, another happy surprise.

Got to be honest here. I've been told to call it as I see it. You know what? I haven't seen a bad Olympic venue yet.

And I've visited every single one of them, except 25.

Seriously, a lot of preparation and money has given Athens several world-class venues. True, it won't make much difference after the Games, when state-of-the-art facilities are immediately converted into state-of-the-art kebab joints.