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"Obviously, there are concerns about keeping in a tip-top physical condition but it does seem a bit extreme to me."
Wyse describes the "common firm handshake" as using the right hand and a couple of pumps.
"If somebody extends their hand in a friendly greeting and you don't give your hand back because of hygiene concerns that could look very rude," she said. "In the U.K., the handshake is the normal greeting. I find (the BOA advice) a bit odd."
The U.S. team is issuing no such warnings about handshakes.
"We always encourage our athletes at the Olympic Games to embrace the Olympic spirit and meet, greet and interact with as many different athletes from as many nationalities as possible," USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky said.
British athletes will share rooms in the Olympic village, where they will also dine with athletes from 204 competing nations.
"Being at an Olympic Games means you are normally inside a bubble and so there is effectively quite a limited number of people that you interact with when you are away in another country," McCurdie said. "In London we do not believe that is going to be the case. The variety of people the athletes and support staff are going to interact with is going to be huge."
AP National Writer Eddie Pells in Colorado contributed to this report.
Rob Harris can be reached at http://twitter.com/RobHarrisUK.
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