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Olympic Mania-Let the Games Begin!

In just a few hours the XXX Olympiad will kick off with a star studded Opening Ceremony. The Games will officially be opened by the Queen of England, but not before British actor Daniel Craig makes an appearance as English super spy James Bond.  Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle has designed the ceremonies to reflect both the urban and rural aspects of Britain.  Music from wide ranging sources will be featured throughout the event.  A medley of songs in Punjab to reflect Britain’s Indian influences, plus the theme from English TV series Dr. Who, English rock band Muse and Sir Paul McCartney will be featured.

A lot has been made of controversies surrounding this Olympic Games in London from security concerns to transportation but there’s no denying that the Olympics has created some of the most amazing  examples of sportsmanship, achievement and triumph over great odds.

Here are a few of my favorite Olympic moments to get you ready.

Kerri Strug completes a perfect vault on an injured ankle to clinch the all around gold medal for her team!

Michael Phelps wins just one of a record 8 gold medals at single Olympics in 2008

A team of amateur US hockey players defeat the Russian hockey power house despite all the odds in 1980

– Brooke, CLP-South Side

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