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London Connection

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Janelle Huber (left) and John Philip Huber (right) with the Olympic Rings in Cardiff, Wales. The photograph was taken when Janelle and Melanie Huber traveled overseas to visit John earlier this year.
* Huber takes time for Olympics while in Wales

Even though the 2012 Olympics are 4,000 miles away, the London edition has a Brazil flair to it.

John Philip Huber, who is studying abroad at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff, Wales, has already experienced the games.

Huber's mother, Melanie Huber, recently contacted The Brazil Times, saying he had attended two Olympic Games in Cardiff, Wales.

On Saturday, July 28, John attended two Olympic Women's Soccer matches, including a game featuring New Zealand and Brazil, with Brazil winning 2-0.

"John, of course, rooted for Brazil," Melanie said.

She added when John was 12, he performed at the Brazilian Embassy as part of the Brazil Concert Band during the band's 1998 trip to Washington, D.C.

The 2010 Indiana State University graduate also witnessed Great Britain facing Cameroon, with Great Britain winning, 3-0.

Earlier this year, Brazil resident John Philip Huber, who is studying overseas in Cardiff, Wales, got to hold the Olympic Torch as it traveled through Great Britain.
"John rooted for his host country," Melanie said.

He witnessed the soccer matches at The Dragon's Den, which is local slang for Millennium Stadium, where the Wales Rugby Team plays. The squad, incidentally, is called the Dragons, which is also the national emblem for Wales.

Via Facebook Monday, John said the entire country has been elated with hosting the games.

"At this moment, I have to say that this is a more than exciting moment for the UK," he said. "This week in Cardiff has been really wild. There are at least (more than) a million people here from all over the world.

"Every day when I walk out of my flat, I always see, at the most, hundreds of thousands of people crowding the streets with enthusiasm, hoping that their country brings home a gold medal."

Huber added the experience has been the "thrill of a lifetime."

With only a few days left to soak up all the Olympics he can, John is still attempting to score tickets for more soccer matches. While matches for games Wednesday were sold out, Melanie said he's trying to get tickets for Saturday games.

She added 2012 Olympic events are being broadcast via big screen television in the City Centre of Wales. John told Melanie the area gets very crowded. Cardiff is approximately 130 miles from London.

"John said that a lot of people are going down there with blankets to see all of the events live as they happen at various venues around the UK," Melanie said. "John got to see part of the opening ceremonies down there. He was there as the U.S. brought in our flag and the UK brought in their flag during the opening ceremonies."

Melanie added from Aug. 5-11, Huber will attend the Royal Military School of Music Summer Academy at Kneller Hall, Twickenham, England. According to Melanie, Kneller Hall is where the Royal Military School of Music is located and where the British Army musicians are trained.

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I am also from Brazil and am studying abroad in London. I have experienced so much and traveled to different places while here. I went to Ireland, Scotland, Spain, to name a few. I am also going to Cardiff this coming Sat to watch an Olympic even, soccer. This has been a great opportunity so I know how he feels.

-- Posted by hcorne on Tue, Jul 31, 2012, at 6:53 PM

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