23May2017

 With a little British pomp and a lot of British pop, London brought the curtain down on a glorious Olympic Games on Sunday in a spectacular, technicolor pageant of landmarks, lightshows and lots of fun.

The closing ceremony offered a sensory blast including rock 'n' roll rickshaws, dustbin percussionists, an exploding yellow car and a marching band in red tunics and bearskin hats.

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Sri Lanka Army’s Rifle-Shooting contender in the forthcoming Olympics on the eve of his departure to London met the Commander of the Army to receive his Chief’s blessings and best wishes on Wednesday (18) morning.

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Ryan Lochte won the 400-meter individual medley, China collected a couple of gold medals and Australia set an Olympic record while winning the women's 400-meter freestyle relay.

Oh, and Michael Phelps went without a medal in an Olympic race for the first time since 2000.

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Child abuse victim turns Olympic boxer Featured

LONDON – She is a fighter. See? American boxer Queen Underwood peels off a warm-up jacket and clenches her fists revealing an Olympics tattoo and arms chiseled from the gym.

She is a fighter. Hear? Her hands smack a punching mitt, making a popping sound that rattles like cannon blasts through the sweltering sports center the U.S. is using to train.

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Eleven hours after the Queen officially opened the Games of the XXX Olympiad and seven British youngsters lit the Olympic cauldron, the first gold medal of the Games was awarded. China's Yi Siling was victorious in the women's 10-meter air rifle shooting, an event which began before noon Saturday in London.

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ONDON – The Queen made her acting debut (in a James Bond scene, no less), Mary Poppins outdueled Lord Voldemort’s evil magic, the flame was lit in truly unique fashion – by seven unknowns, no less – and the 2012 Olympic Games were open.

Even the rain stayed away except for the briefest of showers as London, the first city to host an Olympics on three occasions, set off 17 days of sporting celebration Friday on what can only be described as a resounding victory. 

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A number of U.S. Olympic athletes including decathlete Ashton Eaton and members of the U.S. women's volleyball team are featured in ESPN The Magazine's upcoming Body Issue, which annually features athletes photographed in the nude.

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