The team behind the U.S. track team’s success

Three years ago, in the call room underneath the Bird’s Nest, just before the women’s 4×100, that American relay team learned — to their dismay — that Team USA staffers had failed to pick up their bib numbers for the race.

The bibs would have to be written out, by hand, right then and there, as if this was a high school meet instead of the 2008 Olympic Games.