Thu, August 19, 2010

Athletes Gear up for Olympics

Prepare for the rowing competition

Three German rowers during a training session at Shunyi Olympic Rowing & Canoeing Park on August 4, 2008. The Olympic rowing competition will take place on August 9, 2008 at the Park. Full story

BACKGROUND

Athletes arrive in Beijing

Beijing's International airport is buzzing as Olympic teams arrive for the Games.Athletes from all over the planet are pouring in with fans.

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Olympic sailors arrive at Qingdao venue

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Messi to play Olympics despite verdict

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