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Coming Up: Friday's Olympic Best Bets

Track and field will hold eight of today's 17 medal events, as the Summer Olympics moves into its final weekend. The U.S. men's basketball team plays to get into the gold medal game, and the day's highlights also include an intriguing men's soccer bronze-medal match between South Korea and Japan.
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Athletes Bring Lucky Charms — And Superstition — To Field

Olympic athletes — and athletes of all stripes — have their share of superstitions. But while they may put those athletes in the right mental space, sports psychologists say there's no substitute for practice, practice, practice.

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Tiny Island Nation Finds Olympic Pride In Weightlifter

Nauru, the smallest nation at the Olympics, did itself proud in weight lifting. Itte Detenamo was one of two competitors from his country and finished fourteenth in his category.
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Missing Athletes Join Long List Of Olympic Defectors

Multiple Olympians have gone missing from the Olympic Village in London — including seven members of the Cameroon delegation, three from Sudan and one from Ethiopia. One of the athletes is known to have asked for asylum. But the whereabouts of the rest are a mystery. If they have defected, they will join a long tradition of Olympic athletes who have used the Games as an opportunity to escape from their country of origin. Melissa Block speaks with Olympic historian David Wallechinsky, about the history of Olympic defections.
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Olympics Have Temporarily Transformed England

The Olympics are transforming Britain — at least for now. Before the games began The London Times declared they were sure to produce a litany of disasters. But the gloom has been obliterated in just a few days by a tsunami of patriotism and self-congratulation. The nation has been stunned and thrilled that the games are so far successful — and that their trophy cupboard is filling up at unexpected speed.

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