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Birds Egg stadium already losing its shine

Only six months has passed since the Beijing Olympics and the Birds Nest stadium which hosted the spectacular opening and closing ceremonies is already beginning to lose its shine. The paint is peeling and stains have appeared on its famous lattice design. Accelerating the deterioration of the iconic National Stadium is the absence of a permanent tenant. [...]

Posted on 11 February 2009 | 12:06 am

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Read more on my travels

The Olympics are now over, but my adventures continue. You can continue following my travels in Asia here.

Posted on 17 October 2008 | 1:17 am

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Paralympics gets under away

The opening ceremony for the Paralympics was held last night in Beijing. The ceremony was spectacular but perhaps not on the scale of the ceremony for the Beijing Olympics. Most of the show was performed by people with disabilities, including Li Yue, who lost her left leg in the Sichuan earthquake and performed [...]

Posted on 6 September 2008 | 7:44 pm

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Paralympic display in Tiananmen Square

The Beijing Paralympics are just a day away from starting. Here are some pictures from Tiananmen Square which has some pretty impressive floral displays on show now.

Posted on 4 September 2008 | 8:59 pm

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Volkswagon Olympic cars

Posted on 4 September 2008 | 7:47 pm

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Beijing ticket scammers getting ready for London

The ticket scammers who defrauded people by selling non-existent tickets through the internet are getting ready for the Vancouver and London Olympics. “I was shocked by the brilliance and hard work of the thieves fleecing the Olympic family — and they are setting up to do the same thing in Vancouver in 2010 and London in [...]

Posted on 2 September 2008 | 8:23 pm

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Beijing’s answer to pollution - cloud seeding

Beijing did a lot to improve the air quality leading up to the Beijing Olympics, with mixed results. The days before the opening ceremony were pretty bad, but a burst of rain cleared the air and pollution became less of a talking point. Almost straight after the closing ceremony the hazy skies returned. A [...]

Posted on 1 September 2008 | 3:56 am

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Beijing has 6.52 million visitors for the Olympics

Beijing recorded 6.52 million visitors for the 2008 Olympics, with 382,000 of those coming from overseas. Authorities long estimated that 500,000 foreigners would visit the city, but tougher visa controls reduced that number. The Xinhua news agency reported that tourist spots in the city reported total revenues of 162 million yuan (US$23 million), according to [...]

Posted on 31 August 2008 | 8:34 pm

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Day 16: August 24th 2008

To the athletes tonight: You were true role models. You have shown us the unifying power of sport. The Olympic spirit lives in the warm embrace of competitive rivals from nations in conflict. Keep that spirit alive when you return home. These were truly exceptional Games! (Source: Dr Jacques Rogge, Chairman of the International Olympic [...]

Posted on 24 August 2008 | 4:39 pm

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Closing ceremony - what did you think?

The fireworks are still going on over Beijing tonight as the Olympics comes to a close. The closing ceremony wasnt as long as the first one and not as spectacular, but still very well done. We had a short section to mark the handover of the Olympics from Beijing to London. Londons mayor [...]

Posted on 24 August 2008 | 7:16 am

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May 08, 2004

Athens Olympics Softball Events and Results

Athens Olympic Softball


softball.gifSoftball at the Athens Olympics will take place between 14th - 23rd at the Olympic Softball Stadium.

The U.S. team will again be prohibitive favorite to win third straight gold. Led by three-time Olympian Lisa Fernandez, the biggest challenge for the Americans could come from themselves. The U.S. team took a 110-game winning streak to Sydney before losing three straight and nearly missing the medal round. The Americans recovered to win gold. The U.S. team's pitching staff of Fernandez, Jennie Finch, Lori Harrigan and Cat Osterman is unmatched. Australia, China and Canada will also be in the medal hunt. This competition is crucial for the future of women's softball as an Olympic sport. The IOC has only guaranteed it a spot through the 2008 Beijing Games and will make another review later this summer.

Softball is a Women's only event with just one Gold Medal up for grabs. Medal favorites this year include the US, Japan and Australia. The Results and Medalists will be posted at Women's
Softball
">Athens Olympic Softball Results as they come to hand. In the mean time keep up with the latest Softball news at our Olympic Softball News Archive.

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Posted by Darren at May 8, 2004 07:12 PM
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Sad day today. I just heard that Sue Candrea, Mike's wife passed away :-( So sad how does the team recover from that. Alisal coaches and players send thier condolences to the family

Posted by: Coach robert at July 20, 2004 07:20 AM

I could not believe the shocking news about Sue Candrea. I hate to see something like that happen to such good people. Peru coaches and player send their condolences to family, friends, and all those who had the pleasure of knowing her, she will be missed.

Posted by: Trista Martin at July 23, 2004 01:08 AM

Leslie Malerich will help lead Italy to a metal!

Posted by: Josh at August 11, 2004 12:27 PM

Good Luck U.S Softball team ! Bring the Gold home !! God Bless you all!

Posted by: Lynn Koplets at August 11, 2004 02:48 PM

I hope the USA softball team takes home the gold. i love Jennie Finch she is the best pitcher i kno. lets Go USA

Posted by: Shay at August 13, 2004 07:54 AM

I hope the USA softball team takes home the gold. i love Jennie Finch she is the best pitcher i kno. lets Go USA

Posted by: Shay at August 13, 2004 07:54 AM

The Aussies will prevail because they know where home plate is!!!

Posted by: Sarah at August 15, 2004 05:57 PM

Sarah, I agree with what you said about the Aussie team- they sure spent plenty of time standing by that base alone versus Fernandez, didn't they? ;-)

Posted by: ambrosia at August 17, 2004 07:33 AM

Hey all!!!GO THE AUSSIES!!! U GUYZ ROCK FOR EVER<, KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK

Posted by: Jenn at August 18, 2004 07:12 PM

I hope Japan will bring home more gold medals and Canada what is medal standings ?

Posted by: Fred J. Gordo at August 18, 2004 07:38 PM

Ambrosia, the USA team is looking very good, but that wasn't the Aussies best line up. It will be much closer next time round.

Posted by: Sarah at August 19, 2004 04:14 PM

USA rocks!! usa is the best softball team to ever be made!! Go Fernandez and Finch!!!!

Posted by: erica at August 24, 2004 07:07 AM

Sure do wish we could see one of America's pass-time sports on the television.....Why hasn't it been televised???????????????Good Luck Girls........

Posted by: Brenda Bailey at August 24, 2004 07:11 AM

Sure do wish we could see one of America's pass-time sports on the television.....Why hasn't it been televised???????????????Good Luck Girls........

Posted by: Brenda Bailey at August 24, 2004 07:11 AM

Does anyone have a video copy of the Gold Metal Game?
Great job, Girls....

Posted by: Addie at August 24, 2004 12:19 PM

I love the Australian team. Im proud of them for getting the silver. They are only getting BETTER.. You guys are awesome and i hope one day Ill play of Australia too... WHOOO HAAAA

GO GREEN AND GOLD!

Posted by: Karina at August 26, 2004 12:25 PM

Hi!ME AND WESLEY LOVE EACH OF THE GAMES IN THE summer olympics!!We love yall too! :P

Posted by: Alicia & Wes at August 27, 2004 11:09 PM

Hi!ME AND WESLEY LOVE EACH OF THE GAMES IN THE summer olympics!!We love yall too! :P

Posted by: Alicia & Wes at August 27, 2004 11:09 PM

Hi!ME AND WESLEY LOVE EACH OF THE GAMES IN THE summer olympics!!We love yall too! :P

Posted by: Alicia & Wes at August 27, 2004 11:09 PM

hi guys seeing if this thing works

Posted by: bob at August 29, 2004 05:21 PM

my sister is jenny finch and she is the best sis any one could have! I LOVE YOU JEN! GO U.S.A!JEN WILL BRING HOME THE GOLD FOR THEIR TEAM!

BYE JEN , MOM SAYS HI...EVEN THOUGH WE R AT THE OLYMPIC GAMES WITH YOU!HAHAHA

Posted by: alayna finch at August 30, 2004 08:36 AM

my sister is jenny finch and she is the best sis any one could have! I LOVE YOU JEN! GO U.S.A!JEN WILL BRING HOME THE GOLD FOR THEIR TEAM!

BYE JEN , MOM SAYS HI...EVEN THOUGH WE R AT THE OLYMPIC GAMES WITH YOU!HAHAHA

Posted by: alayna finch at August 30, 2004 08:36 AM

my sister is jenny finch and she is the best sis any one could have! I LOVE YOU JEN! GO U.S.A!JEN WILL BRING HOME THE GOLD FOR THEIR TEAM!

BYE JEN , MOM SAYS HI...EVEN THOUGH WE R AT THE OLYMPIC GAMES WITH YOU!HAHAHA

Posted by: alayna finch at August 30, 2004 08:36 AM

I LOVE U JENNIE I HOPE YOU MARRY ME
BRING HOME THE GOLD OR I WONT TALK TO YOU
YOU ARE SO HOT JENNIE! YOU R ON FIRE
I JUST LIKE JENNIE NOT THE OTHERS

LOVE, YOURS TRULY,
DENNY(A.K.A- DENNIS THE MENNIS)HAHAHA

Posted by: DENNY MENNY at August 30, 2004 08:40 AM

Go USA!!!!!!!!!!! I love softball and hope to play in the olympics someday. Cat Osterman is the best!!! Does anyone know where I can find a poster or jersey or somethin of cat? i checked everywhere!! USA SOFTBALL RULES!!

Posted by: Liz at August 30, 2004 11:08 AM

way to go jennie. you did your best i am sure.
i always been your friend.Email me ay sweetheartjnt90@yahoo.com
thanks
jessica
your #1 fan

Posted by: jessica at September 1, 2004 08:49 AM

way to go jennie. you did your best i am sure.
i always been your friend.Email me ay sweetheartjnt90@yahoo.com
thanks
jessica
your #1 fan

Posted by: jessica at September 1, 2004 08:49 AM

Hi
i am a huge fan of the u.s olympic softball team.especially Lisa F. And Crystal B.even if i am for Africa.

lov u guys love softball.
sarah Africa

Posted by: Sarah (Africa) at September 2, 2004 09:42 PM

mugu keeeepppppppp offffffffff

Posted by: mugu at September 6, 2004 07:32 PM

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Posted by: mugu at September 6, 2004 07:33 PM

mugu keeeepppppppp offffffffff

Posted by: mugu at September 6, 2004 07:33 PM

HEY GREAT GAME AUSTRALIA
I LOVE YOU PETA EDEBONE
I KNOW IM LATE BUT HEY

Posted by: Shayna at September 8, 2004 05:45 PM

HEY JAPAN, IT'S KATELYN!!!! GREAT JOB IN DA OLYMPICS!! I LOVE TO, YUKI,SAKAMOTO, YAMADA, REIKA AND OTHERS I MISS U ALL C YA NEXT SUMMER!!!!

LUV ALWAYS,
KB

Posted by: KB Bedwell at September 19, 2004 08:16 AM

HEY JAPAN, IT'S KB!!!GREAT JOB IN DA OLYMPICS!! I LOVE TO, YUKI,SAKAMOTO, YAMADA, REIKA AND OTHERS I MISS U ALL C YA NEXT SUMMER!!!!

LUV ALWAYS,
KB

Posted by: KB Bedwell at September 19, 2004 08:16 AM

HEY JAPAN, IT'S KB!!!GREAT JOB IN DA OLYMPICS!! I LOVE TO, YUKI,SAKAMOTO, YAMADA, REIKA AND OTHERS I MISS U ALL C YA NEXT SUMMER!!!!

LUV ALWAYS,
KB

Posted by: KB Bedwell at September 19, 2004 08:16 AM

HEY JAPAN, IT'S KB!!!GREAT JOB IN DA OLYMPICS!! I LOVE TO, YUKI,SAKAMOTO, YAMADA, REIKA AND OTHERS I MISS U ALL C YA NEXT SUMMER!!!!

LUV ALWAYS,
KB

Posted by: KB Bedwell at September 19, 2004 08:16 AM

HEY JAPAN, IT'S KB!!!GREAT JOB IN DA OLYMPICS!! I LOVE TO, YUKI,SAKAMOTO, YAMADA, REIKA AND OTHERS I MISS U ALL C YA NEXT SUMMER!!!!

LUV ALWAYS,
KB

Posted by: KB Bedwell at September 19, 2004 08:16 AM

hi jewel here the softball olympics were kind of boring 2 watch bcuz the usa just killed the other teams but i thought they all did really REALLy good i love softball!

Posted by: julia at September 30, 2004 02:27 AM

if any one has videos or dvd's of the games please email me

Posted by: rich at October 19, 2004 12:29 PM

Go team USA!!!!!! Finch and Fernandez rock!!!!

Posted by: Britt at October 28, 2004 09:25 AM

hey guys any1 kno where i can buy a cat osterman poster? thanx i love her shes my idol!

Posted by: carly at February 7, 2005 06:00 AM

CANADA ROCKS I LOVE YOU GUYZ AND SOMEDAY I WOULD LIKE TO GO TO OLYMPICS IN 2008 AND PLAY FOR CANADA AND WIN THE GOLD CAUSE IM A FAST PITCHER AND OLYMPICS IS MY DREAM SO YA I HOPE I WILL SEE YOU GUYZ IF U GO TO OLYMPICS IN 2008 BEIJING WELL GOT TO GO I NEED TO PRACTES MY DRILLS FOR PITCHING BUH BYE !

Posted by: Canadain Star for softball at March 9, 2005 04:19 AM

CANADA ROCKS I LOVE YOU GUYZ AND SOMEDAY I WOULD LIKE TO GO TO OLYMPICS IN 2008 AND PLAY FOR CANADA AND WIN THE GOLD CAUSE IM A FAST PITCHER AND OLYMPICS IS MY DREAM SO YA I HOPE I WILL SEE YOU GUYZ IF U GO TO OLYMPICS IN 2008 BEIJING WELL GOT TO GO I NEED TO PRACTES MY DRILLS FOR PITCHING BUH BYE !

Posted by: Canadain Star for softball at March 9, 2005 04:19 AM

CANADA ROCKS I LOVE YOU GUYZ AND SOMEDAY I WOULD LIKE TO GO TO OLYMPICS IN 2008 AND PLAY FOR CANADA AND WIN THE GOLD CAUSE IM A FAST PITCHER AND OLYMPICS IS MY DREAM SO YA I HOPE I WILL SEE YOU GUYZ IF U GO TO OLYMPICS IN 2008 BEIJING WELL GOT TO GO I NEED TO PRACTES MY DRILLS FOR PITCHING BUH BYE !

Posted by: Canadain Star for softball at March 9, 2005 04:19 AM
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