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U.S. Women's Soccer Starts London Olympics With A Comeback Win

On the first day of competition in the 2012 Summer Olympics, the U.S. women's soccer squad bounced back from an early deficit to beat France, 4-2. The game was a rematch for the two teams that met in last year's World Cup semifinals.
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Olympic Athletes' Names: Endurance (Track), Moist (Swimming), And A Leeper

"What's in a name?" William Shakespeare once wrote in Romeo and Juliet, long before the Olympics ever came to London. It turns out that some Olympic names herald the greatness athletes seek — and the events they enter — while some bear monikers better suited for others.
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How Many Calories Do Olympic Athletes Need? It Depends

Olympic athletes need anywhere from 1,200 to 8,000 calories before competition. While some endurance athletes like runners and cyclists have to load carbohydrates, others, like wrestlers, restrict what they eat so they can make their weight class.
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Redskins Hula Hoop, Run Relays With Kids For 80th Anniversary

Current and past members of the Washignton Redskins football team paid a visit to kids in Silver Spring yesterday as part of their 80th Anniversary Bus Tour.

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Greek Triple Jumper Suspended From Olympic Team For Inappropriate Tweets

Greek track star Voula Papachristou has been expelled from her country's Olympic team, after she made a comment about Africans who live in Greece. The comment was widely noticed on her Twitter feed, and resulted in her removal from the London 2012 roster.
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The London Games, Seen Through A (Very) Critical Eye

Just as every Olympic athlete trains their heart out, every Olympic expert seems to wear themselves out describing what an unmitigated sham is being perpetrated on the host city. Many of those criticisms are valid, of course — especially concerns about overbuilding facilities.
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Iran's Judo Champ Withdraws From Olympics, Ending Chance Of Facing Israeli

Iranian judo champion Javad Mahjoub will miss the London 2012 Olympics because of illness, according to reports. But few Olympic observers are worried about the health of Mahjoub, 21. Many see the withdrawal as a ploy to keep from competing against an Israeli.

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