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London Olympics 2012: Meet the SA team

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 Karen Kohne (July 23, 2012)  The 2012 Summer Olympic Games will be held in London from 27 July to 12 August 2012, followed by the 2012 Paralympic Games from 29 August to 9 September. London hosted the Olympic Games in 1908 and 1948. It is expected that 205 nations will take part in 300 events at the London Olympics. 147 nations will take part in the Paralympic Games. There are 53 African countries competing in .. (Olympics)

A Helping Hand for the Olympics

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 Adam R. Singleton (July 15, 2009)  Britain’s capital city is gearing up for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games which will be held in London and the surrounding areas during the summer season. London hosted the Olympic Games in 1908 and 1948 so the 2012 event will be the third time the games have been held in Britain. The opening ceremony on 27 July heralds the beginning of a sixty day festival of sport and .. (Olympics)

Satellite TV Provided an Outstanding Olympics Experience

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 Whitney Alen (December 15, 2008)  The 2008 Olympic Games took place in August in Beijing China. Satellite TV provided outstanding premium coverage of the events. NBC was the host of this interactive delight. Satellite TV subscribers had the opportunity to view up to 1700 hours of Olympic coverage. High-definition enthusiasts were delighted that over 800 hours of the Olympics were broadcast with stunning clarity of HD. .. (Olympics)

Recognizing an Olympic Wonder

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 Tom Tessin (December 12, 2008)  Wilma Rudolph believed that she could achieve extraordinary things in her life because she has a mother who instilled faith that she someday would be able to walk. Wilma who suffered from polio was diagnosed by her doctors as a person who would never be able to walk. Wilma's mother did not believe that and it was her faith that enabled Wilma to walk years later. Wilma the first women .. (Olympics)

How Do You Book Hotels For the 2010 Olympic Games?

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 Amy Nutt (October 29, 2008)  If you plan on attending the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, it is good to know when and how you can book your hotel. This is very important so that you can find a place to stay that doesn't result in you driving or using public for a long period of time in order to get to the events you have tickets for. Some individuals make this mistake because they think that there are .. (Olympics)

Olympic Sport List - The Most Highly Recognized Sports Events on the Planet

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 Wendy Pan (October 24, 2008)  The Olympics are the most highly recognized sports events on the planet. Taking place summer and winter every four years, the Olympics draw huge numbers of spectators and a television audience that is unrivaled. There are a number of sports on the list that might sound familiar, and others that might be surprising. Olympic Sport List: Summer Water Sports Aquatics include four separate . (Olympics)

Beijing Olympics Official Site

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 Candis Reade (October 08, 2008)  One World One Dream was the slogan of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. That ideal represented a hope for global unity through the famed competition. The Olympics are meant to give the world a reason to set aside our differences for at least a few weeks, but in those few weeks, the world celebrates its accomplishments. While the Olympics have concluded, there remains a wealth of .. (Olympics)

15 Amazing Olympic Facts

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 Alejandro Guevara Onofre (October 07, 2008)  1. Matt Biondi (swimming /aquatics) won 5 Olympic titles at the 24th Olympic Games (50-meter freestyle, 100-meter freestyle, 400-meter freestyle relay, 800-meter freestyle relay, 400 meter medley relay). 2. Ulla Werbrouck won a gold medal in the half heavyweight division -Belgium´s first judo medal- at the 1996 Summer Games in Georgia (USA). In the final, she defeated Japan´s Yoko .. (Olympics)

Wushu Was Included in the List of Beijing Olympic Competitions

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 T Serenatian (September 04, 2008)  Wushu, also known as martial arts, is a traditional Chinese sport. Deeply rooted in the masses and practiced for centuries, Wushu has become a precious cultural legacy of the Chinese people. Most visitors to China are deeply impressed by the tremendous popularity of wushu in this country. The Wushu exercises have become an official competitive sport and one of the official sports of .. (Olympics)

The Sexy Olympics

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 Sarah Maple (September 04, 2008)  In recent debates about whether or not journalists should comment on an athlete's looks, many people expressed the view that to do this would be demeaning to most men and women of the sporting profession. Looking at pictures on my laptop of the Olympic athletes competing in Beijing however, it only enforces my opinion that the human body is a beautiful thing that should be .. (Olympics)

Strength Training Secrets of Olympic Athletes

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 Rhadi Ferguson (September 04, 2008)  During the Olympics, it is difficult to not look at the Olympic athletes and admire their bodies. They have muscle definition over their entire bodies, and they also have flexibility. It is difficult to not be jealous of the perfect specimens that Olympic athletes turn into in order to compete. Olympic athletes are able to get into that kind of shape by following a simple formula. In .. (Olympics)

Sexism in the Olympics?

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 Sarah Maple (September 03, 2008)  Due to me being at work all day every day for the past few weeks without access to my beloved widescreen LCD TV, I have been watching the Olympic feeds on my computer. At the last Olympics the variety and clarity of these feeds would be nowhere near the quality now available to me from websites such as CNN the BBC or the Guardian online. I find I can watch races, interviews and .. (Olympics)

Post Olympic Stress Syndrome A Spectators Point of View

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 Rhadi Ferguson (September 03, 2008)  People expect things to be tough for the athletes - the men and women who've sacrificed EVERYTHING in their pursuit of victory. There are so many of them, and so few medals to go around. Post Olympic athletes DO have it rough, probably rougher than anyone can ever know. But at least they have the benefit of access to dedicated, experienced coaches and supporters to help them work .. (Olympics)

Why Tae Kwon Do is in the Olympics

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 T Serenatian (September 02, 2008)  A general consensus emerges that karate, Judo, and Tae Kwon Do are the front runners for popularity. There will, of course, be huge regional disparities with some arts being completely dominant in one area and almost non-existent in other areas. Kind estimates are that 4% of the American population practices marital arts of any kind, but say that's pie-in-the-sky high end. I've read .. (Olympics)

Olympic Basketball and the Emergence of International Stars

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 Peter J Laurent (September 02, 2008)  Olympic Basketball is rich in history and thanks to the huge growth of international basketball in the past two decades it is only getting richer. Since the Dream Team took center stage in Barcelona in 1992 and NBA players have been allowed to compete in the Olympics international basketball has only become more competitive. The emergence of world class international players over the .. (Olympics)

Post Olympic Stress Disorder

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 Rhadi Ferguson (September 02, 2008)  Post Olympic Depression: The Dark Side of Going for the Gold You're probably asking yourself if such a disorder even exists, or if we're just trying to be funny. Take it from us: it most certainly does, I don't think you'll find any mention in the latest medical and psychological journals! And it can strike in a number of different ways and places. If you're a serious athlete, there's . (Olympics)

Americas Middle Distance Running Disaster at the 2008 Beijing Olympics

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 Ed Bagley (September 01, 2008)  Despite all of the United States’ great success in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, there was next to nothing to cheer about its middle distance runners in the track and field competition. America's hopes rode squarely on the shoulders of Bernard Lagat and Ryan Hall. The Kenyan-born Lagat had become an American citizen and was a proven winner in international competition, and Hall had .. (Olympics)

So How Long Has Michael Phelps Been Training to Be a Champion?

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 Ed Bagley (September 01, 2008)  Stories about teenage phenoms winning gold medals and setting world records at world-class swimming competitions are legion. The list is long and you can add Michael Phelps’ name to the list. Phelps began swimming for the North Baltimore Aquatic Club at age 7. He was diagnosed with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and was encouraged to take up swimming to provide .. (Olympics)

Make Athens the Permanent Summer Olympics Site, Please!

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 Rahul Majumdar (August 28, 2008)  Amidst the euphoria surrounding Beijing's Summer Olympics, and the lessons learned from previous Games, consider these reasons for making Athens, Greece the permanent summer Games site: 1. Reducing Costs and Spending Wisely. The Beijing Olympics cost close to $43 Billion USD, the most expensive in history. The original budget estimates for the 2012 London Games were surpassed barely a .. (Olympics)

Going For the Gold - The 2008 Olympic Games IPv6 Use Scores China a Perfect "10.0"

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 JD Morris (August 22, 2008)  As the 2008 Olympic Games are broadcast around the world, one little known Olympic feat wasn't performed by any athlete, but by the China's Next Generation Internet project (CNGI). CNGI launched a cornucopia of fixed and mobile broadband technologies over the new Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) to demonstrate China's technology advancement to the world. With government mandates and .. (Olympics)

Interesting Facts About Olympic Sports-Baseball

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 Alejandro Guevara Onofre (August 22, 2008)  Did you know. . . Cuba-traditionally the powerhouse in baseball- were beaten by the Dominican Republic at the 1982 Central American and Caribbean Games in Havana, Cuba. The Dominican Republic won the gold medal. The champions were Victor Mercedes, Orlando Guerrero, Enrique Cruz, Johnny Olivo, Julio Dominguez, Mario Marte, Pedro Gomez, Ivan Crispin, Wilfredo Fernandez. Final standings: .. (Olympics)

Who's the Best Olympian Ever - Michael Phelps Or Usain Bolt?

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 Karl Mitchell (August 21, 2008)  As a disclaimer, this author is Jamaican-born and a naturalized U. S. citizen. I'll endeavor to be objective, what the heck, let the games begin. . . . As I typed this essay, Usain Bolt is yet to run the 100 M relay race. I'm sure he'll garner another gold medal unless, of course, he is struck by a bolt of lightening before he lace his golden mercurial shoes on his winged feet. The .. (Olympics)

BMX and the Olympic Games

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 Jules Price (August 21, 2008)  The BMX bike has enjoyed a remarkable rise to fame. Thought to have originated in southern California nearly 40 years ago and now taking its place across the world in China's hosting of the Olympic Games is nothing short of astonishing. BMX or bicycle motocross to give its full name has become an Olympic sport for the first time in 2008. BMX bikes first burst onto the scene in the .. (Olympics)

Mascots and the Olympics

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 Amy Nutt (August 21, 2008)  The first Olympic mascot was introduced in 1972 at the Munich games. These mascots have become a very important element of the Olympics. It is an image that is unique and very popular because it materializes the spirit of the Olympics, promotes the history, and communicates the overall concept. This makes the Olympic mascot a must when it comes to the games. It is a must for children, .. (Olympics)

Olympic Messages to America in Its 2008 Election Year

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 Helen Fogarassy (August 21, 2008)  The quadrennial Olympics are a snapshot of the world at its best, a portrait of a future in which nations compete as equals in the global arena and individuals metaphorically medal in any number of events. And while the realm of governance is vastly more complex than that of a sports stadium, a number of observations about the global community as seen at the Olympics may be of relevance . (Olympics)

Olympic Character - 7 Ways Our Olympians Inspire Children to Succeed

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 Dr Robyn Silverman (August 21, 2008)  Nastia Liukin wins the all-around gymnastics gold by 6 tenths of a point. May and Walsh win 108 straight wins in beach volleyball. Micheal Phelps grabs another gold. No matter what event you like, it's difficult to watch the Olympics and not feel inspired. I find myself standing up, clapping, and shouting “go, go, go!" and “you can do it!" at the TV as the athletes do what .. (Olympics)

Interesting Facts About Olympic Champions - Rafael "Superman" Nadal

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 Alejandro Guevara Onofre (August 21, 2008)  Did you know. . .    Rafael Nadal won the men's tennis singles gold medal at the Beijing Olympiad. He destroyed Fernando Gonzalez in the finals, 6-3,7-6, 6-3. “Nowhere in my best dreams I can imagine something like what I did this year, " Nadal said. “I know how difficult it is to win these things, and especially here, because you only have one chance every four years. " .. (Olympics)

The Olympic Flame Beyond the Two-Week Strobes

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 Helen Fogarassy (August 20, 2008)  As the 2008 Olympic summer games wind down, the expected big winners from globally prominent countries get the lion's share of the attention, of course. But the added value of the quadrennial events is the slow creep of the world's little people into the world's attention in a positive light. The games demonstrate that the people of troubled countries like Georgia and Somalia are not .. (Olympics)

The Five Greatest Athletes of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games

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 Alejandro Guevara Onofre (August 20, 2008)  Who they are and why? 1. Michael Phelps (Aquatics/ United States): Considered the best athlete in the world by many Olympic experts, Michael holds the current world record in seven swimming events: 400m individual medley(4:03,84), 200m freestyle relay (1:42,96), 4 x100m freestyle relay (3:08.24), 200m butterfly (1:52,03), 4x200m freestyle relay (6:58,56), 200m individual medley .. (Olympics)

The Phelps Phenomenon

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 Deepak N (August 20, 2008)  Michael Phelps, the phenomenal American swimmer who was born and raised up in Baltimore, Maryland and grew up in the rogers fordge neighborhood. He graduated from Towson High school in 2004. Five physical attributes particularly suit Phelps to swimming: his long, thin torso, arms which span 6 feet 7 inches, relatively short legs who is disproportionately tall with 193 cms above ground .. (Olympics)

Is There a Reason That American Football is Not an Olympic Sport?

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 Wellington Wetwater (August 20, 2008)  Has it ever surprised you that one of the greatest sports in one of the greatest nations is not shared with the rest of the world? You have to think that the Olympic committee has received at least some request to add football. This article is meant to point out some of the peculiar reasons that it might not qualify for any future Olympic Games. First, is that it is an American Sport. .. (Olympics)

Olympics 2008 and Guitar Players Whats the Connection?

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 Samuel Malama (August 20, 2008)  It is a momentous occasion in China; countries all over the world have sent their finest athletes to compete for a chance to win the gold, silver or bronze medals respectively. It is unfortunate that guitarists are not competing, if they were, what medal would you get? Of course not every guitarist would make it, just like not all the athletes have made it, and not all that are there .. (Olympics)

An Olympic Reality Nice Guys Often Finish First!

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 Theresa Schultz (August 20, 2008)  Three years ago, my youngest son came home from school waving a paper. It was a copy of an article about Olympic swimmer Jason Lezak, bearing his signature. Apparently, Jason Lezak had attended the same elementary school as my kids, and he had been invited to speak about his experiences growing up in Irvine, CA and his triumphs in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. He was .. (Olympics)

Lessons From Olympic Champions

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 Billy Arcement (August 19, 2008)  I hope you've been watching the Olympics these last few days. If not, it's worth the time to watch the best athletes in the world perform. Each event is packed with great lessons on personal leadership as well as a view of what people can accomplish who are at the top of their game. Here are ten lessons that have jumped out at me. DESIRE: No one can ever reach the Olympic competition .. (Olympics)

Become a True Titan of Business by Emulating This Olympic Heroine

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 Raymond Ferguson (August 19, 2008)  Do you really have what it takes to succeed? Everyone sits around and talks about how they would like to have that big house, that shiny red sports car, and the money to travel and help their families. The problem is very few people actually do anything about it. Just this morning on the radio, I heard a story that has to be shared. A young woman was in an accident and had to have one .. (Olympics)

Interesting Facts About Olympic Nations Peru

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 Alejandro Guevara Onofre (August 19, 2008)  Did you know. . . Ricardo Duarte is one of the pioneers of basketball players in Peru. He put Peru on the map when was one of the most valuable players in the Olympic Games in 1964. RicardoDuarte Mugi was born in Santa fe de Jauja (Junin, Peru) in 1940. In addition, Ricardo played in two FIBA World Cups (Brazil'63 & Uruguay'67), seven South American championships (Santiago'58, .. (Olympics)

An Olympic Team Effort Worthy of Gold

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 Theresa Schultz (August 19, 2008)  With all the buzz about Michael Phelps winning a record eight gold medals in Beijing, it's easy to overlook the efforts of the men who made three of those gold medals a reality - his teammates. After all, the team gold medals were the result of a group effort, with everyone trying his hardest to swim faster than ever before in pursuit of the gold medal. Few will forget one of the most .. (Olympics)

Olympic Athletes Shatter the Myth That Sports is More Brawn Than Brains

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 Angela Baden (August 19, 2008)  It used to be that sports was just for so-called jocks that did not do well in school.  The 2008 Beijing Olympics athletes show that is not true. The Olympic Charter states: Olympism is a philosophy of life, exalting and combining in a balanced whole the qualities of body, will and mind. Blending sport with culture and education, Olympism seeks to create a way of life based on the joy . (Olympics)

The Olympics, Michael Phelps and You

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 Tamara Baruhovich (August 19, 2008)  The Olympics have been quite an event, haven't they? I was a young girl the first time I watched the Olympics. It was back in 1968 in Mexico City, where I was living at the time. There was a lot of excitement “in the air" and people were talking about the games everywhere! Years later, the non-stop talk was about Mark Spitz (1972), Tiger Woods (1996) and Michael Jordan (1998) .. (Olympics)

Omega Watches and the 2008 Olympics - A Record Relationship

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 Ryan Christianson (August 18, 2008)  I'm sure you've seen the prominent place Omega Watches at the Olympics in Beijing, China. Omega is the official timekeeper for the 2008 Olympics. This is the 23rd time that Omega has held this position the first of which was in the 1932 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. At that time, one technician used 30 stopwatches. At the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, watchmaker Paul-Louis Guignard took . (Olympics)

Michael Phelps Swimming in the Olympics - The Eighth Wonder of the World

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 Robert Deangelo (August 18, 2008)  Michael Phelps has won more than the Olympics. He has won over an audience of millions of people around the world for his incredible 8 day performance! By now you and everyone else around the world knows who Michael Phelps the American swimmer is-right? Well after having just won his 8th gold medal at one single Olympia and totally smashing Mark Spitz's record and the overall record for . (Olympics)

Michael Phelps Facts - Already a Gold Medal Millionaire Ready to Become a Billionaire

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 Robert Deangelo (August 18, 2008)  Here are some interesting statistics and facts about Michael Phelps If you were to count Michael Phelps worth in gold he is valued at about Three million. In fact the 2008 Olympics are in all probability worth ten times that amount of money per year. That information is one reason why the current crop of Olympic athletes begin their quest for Olympic gold at an early age. Here are some . (Olympics)

The Real Face of the Beijing Olympics

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 Phyllis Goldberg, Ph.D. (August 18, 2008)  The anticipation of the Beijing Olympics was palpable - and the spectacular opening ceremonies, at the impressive Bird's Nest, proved it was well worth the wait. Yet the ideals of the summer games are also well represented behind the scenes: 1. Lopez Lomong was elected by his teammates to be the United States flag bearer. One of the Lost Boys of Sudan rescued from a Kenyan refugee camp .. (Olympics)

2008 Summer Olympics - Michael Phelps Gold Standard of Eat, Swim and Sleep

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 Sherry L Harris (August 18, 2008)  How is it possible for one young man to win so many Olympic gold medals? Is he genetically engineered better? Is he more intelligent? Is he a god-send for America? Well, I will not speculate on any of those things, but one reoccurring theme is how much food he eats, how often he swims and why sleep is so important for this swim superstar. Food I don't know about you but I had cereal, .. (Olympics)

Olympic Summer Games - XXIX, Beijing 2008 - Michael Phelps' Quest For Gold

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 Michael D'Auria (August 18, 2008)  While watching the 2008 Olympic games I digressed to the Super Bowl game a few months back. The words I used to describe the Giants victory over New England were Destiny, Fate, Unbelievable, Miraculous. The Giants performance in that game, as unbelievable as it may have been at the time, pales in comparison to the incredible, unprecedented feat that was accomplished by Michael Phelps in . (Olympics)

Michael Phelps - Greatest Olympian

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 Eddie Delgado (August 18, 2008)  Beijing China 2008 could be the year of the greatest Olympian athlete in Olympic history. Michael Phelps born June 30, 1985 in Baltimore Maryland was born to break world records and win gold medals. Phelps co-starred in “Unfiltered", the first behind the scenes documentary in the sport of swimming. On a mission to grow the sport Phelps has helped grow the popularity and has played . (Olympics)

A Beginner's Guide to the (French) Olympics

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 Johnny Summerton (August 17, 2008)  There's nothing like attending a live event of any kind. The atmosphere, the noise, the buzz - just doesn't come across on the telly. But for most of us, that's exactly how we'll be “experiencing" these Olympics - from the comfort (or not) of our own sitting room. It's always fascinating being a foreigner living abroad, no more so perhaps than during the games. After all you get . (Olympics)

Abhinav Bhindras' Gold Medal in Beijing Olympics, 2008 - Its Impact on India

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 Rama Lingam (August 17, 2008)  India has been a barren land in winning a gold medal in the Olympic games for over a period of a quarter of a Century. It was in the Moscow Olympics, in the year 1980, India managed to win a gold medal in hockey led by captain Baskaran. It is unfortunate to note, thereafter, India was not able to win a gold medal all these years. Thanks to Abhinav Bhindra, who won a gold medal on .. (Olympics)

Is Michael Phelps the Greatest Olympian Ever?

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 Dan Chapman (August 17, 2008)  Michael Phelps wins his record setting 8th Gold medal. Which poses the question is he the greatest Olympic athlete ever? This past week magic happened in Beijing, China. Michael Phelps broke Mark Spitz's 36 year old record of 7 Gold medals in an Olympics. Eight golds, seven world records, 17 races over nine days, one of the greatest feats by any athlete ever! Phelps gave everything he .. (Olympics)

Michael Phelps Olympic Medals - The Real Value of His Eight Gold Medals

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 Christina Goldman (August 17, 2008)  Michael Phelps has accomplished a seemingly impossible feat, winning eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympic games. That is the most gold medals ever won by an athlete in a single Olympic games! As a gold investor like myself, you've probably wondered what the value of Michael Phelps Olympic medals are. Let's see if we can figure it out. First, let's determine what the gold portion .. (Olympics)




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