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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 Wrestling Events and Results

Athens Olympic Wrestling


wrestling.gifWrestling at the Athens Olympics will take place between 22nd - 28th of August at the Ano Liossia Olympic Hall.

Can Rulon Gardner do it again, without having to beat Russian super wrestler Alexander Karelin? Gardner has had a series of mishaps and calamities since pulling off his "miracle on the mat" upset of Karelin in Sydney, but now looks to be healthy and a gold medal contender again. Otherwise, U.S. freestyle and Greco-Roman teams don't look especially strong, but Americans could get a medal count boost from a talented four-member women's team. Armen Nazarien (132 pounds, 60 kg) of Bulgaria tries for a third gold and Russian star Bouvaisa Saitiev (163 pounds, 74 kg) looks to rebound from an upset in Sydney to American gold medalist Brandon Slay; it was Saitiev's only loss in major international competition since 1995.

There are two types of Wrestling at the Olympics, Greco-roman (men only) and Free style (men and women). Over both types of wrestling there are 18 Gold medals up for grabs. Medal winners and all results will be updated to this page as they happen (click on the links listed below) - in the mean time read all the latest Wrestling News in our Olympic Wrestling News Archives.

Men's Greco-Roman Wrestling Events


-Men's 55kg Greco-Roman
- Men's 60kg Greco-Roman
- Men's 66kg Greco-Roman
- Men's 74kg Greco-Roman
- Men's 84kg Greco-Roman
- Men's 96kg Greco-Roman
- Men's 120kg Greco-Roman

Men's Freestyle Wrestling Events


- Men's 55kg Freestyle
- Men's 60kg Freestyle
- Men's 66kg Freestyle
- Men's 74kg Freestyle
- Men's 84kg Freestyle
- Men's 96kg Freestyle
- Men's 120kg Freestyle

Women's Freestyle Wrestling Events


- Women's 48kg Freestyle
- Women's 55kg Freestyle
- Women's 63kg Freestyle
- Women's 72kg Freestyle


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Posted by Darren at May 8, 2004 09:20 PM
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Do you know where I can find the actual tournament brackets for both greco and freestyle wrestling in the Athens Olympics? (Not just the TV schedule etc...)

Posted by: Ken at August 15, 2004 05:40 PM

"Otherwise, U.S. freestyle and Greco-Roman teams don't look especially strong..." And you just leave it at that? Well you are wrong. Cael Sanderson was the world championship runner up and so was Kerry McCoy. Both are competing in the freestyle Olympic tournament. In addition to that Steven Abbas defeated last years Olympic gold medalist at the world championships. Do some better research. The men’s freestyle and Greco-Roman teams have a great chance of winning a handful of medals!

Posted by: Wayne at August 16, 2004 12:58 AM

thanks for the comment Wayne - we're not experts in this event but got that information from a good source - obviously not as good as you.

If you ever want to write up a little preview just shoot me an email and I'll publish it.

Posted by: Darren at August 16, 2004 01:06 AM

Question: Who was the wrestler who left his sneakers/shoes in the middle of the wrestling ring after being defeated. That was a class act and I was curious when and how this became a tradition....Thanks, Ed

Posted by: Ed at September 22, 2004 12:31 PM
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