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Let's Catch Up: American Vollmer Sets Olympic Record; First Medals Are Won

U.S. swimmer Dana Vollmer set new Olympic and U.S. records in her 100m butterfly qualifying heat this morning. And this afternoon, Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte will swim in the final of the 400m individual medley.

Test Your Olympic Trivia Knowledge

Host Scott Simon talks to writer and trivia expert A.J. Jacobs about little-known facts regarding the Olympics.

A British Critique Of The Olympic Opening

The 2012 Olympic Games opened Friday, with a ceremony that included James Bond and Queen Elizabeth parachuting into the stadium, flyovers, rippling Union Jacks, Shakespeare, sheep and fireworks. Host Scott Simon talks to Simon Hoggart, political sketch writer for The Guardian about the opening ceremony.

As The Games Begin, A Look At Early Results

NPR's Tom Goldman talks with host Scott Simon about the first medal events, including cycling and swimming.

How Kenya Builds The Fastest Humans On Earth

Many of the world's best marathoners come from a highland region where they run along mountainous dirt roads at 8,000 feet above sea level. They're competing for Olympic gold, but real gold inspires them, too.

A Raucous, Riotous And Audacious Opening Ceremony

Danny Boyle managed to blend a cacophonous medley of ingredients into something that worked.
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The District Celebrates The Olympics

Some local bars and restaurants hope the excitement of the Olympics will get customers in the door to watch the games, and bring more business.