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  Michael Johnson: an Olympic champ turned teacher and motivator
Before the Olympics, the five gold medals and the world records, Michael Johnson was a skinny teen who almost quit his high school athletics team because he didn't think he was good enough.
  Jedrzejczak back in action for Beijing
Otylia Jedrzejczak won Poland its first-ever swimming gold at the Athens Games and is gunning for more of the same in Beijing after recovering from a car crash that put her in hospital for six weeks.
  Blood in the water
When it comes to grudge matches in sport, they don't come much nastier than the game between Hungary and the Soviet Union at the 1956 Melbourne Games.
  Golden run
Ukraine has only competed as an independent nation at the last three Olympics, where it captured 23 medals apiece. Previously it contested the Games as part of the former Soviet Union, with the exception of Barcelona 1992, where it featured as part of a united team made up of 12 former Soviet republics.
  Turkey's Million Dollar Baby
Weightlifter Naim Suleymanoglu didn't come cheap, but he is one of the country's greatest flawed heroes and its only Olympian to hoist gold medals at three different Games.
  Fire and ice
Former Olympic speed-skating champion Ye Qiaobo used to set the rink alight with her dazzling displays. Now she's more concerned with fire than ice
  The butterfly effect: Phelps out to rewrite history
  Cuba's boxers stand the test of time
  Spain sailing in beer capital
  En guard: No foil to Italian women's fencing
  Jumping for Joyner
  Germany:Swimming against the current
  'Girl power' fuels Japan's Olympic comeback
  Dazzling rainbow
  Finding Netherlands
The Netherlands may be almost entirely flat, but the country has experienced numerous highs in its Olympic history
  Rogge to be honoured by U.N. Environment Programme
  S.and N.Korea:Spirit of togetherness
  Britain:Built for speed
  Verbruggen: If only everything goes like they do now
  Michelle Kwan glides from skating to diplomacy in China
Michelle Kwan's first performance as an American diplomat was almost flawless
  The great Australian colors of green and GOLD
Australia's turning point in Olympic history came at the Montreal Games in 1976 when the proud sporting nation failed to win one gold medal. The result triggered public outcry Down Under.
  A century-old dream for He
In 1908, Tianjin Youth magazine posed the question to the Chinese people: When can China host the Olympic Games?
  IAAF awards Athletes of the Year
The IAAF named Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell and American 400-meter runner Sanya Richards as World Athletes of the Year.
  Olympic veteran hopes for unique Games
He Zhenliang, chairman of IOC Culture and Olympic Education Commission, shared his sports career with China Daily reporter.
  Senior sports official Rong Gaotang dies at 94
Former Chinese sports official Rong Gaotang passed away at the age of 94.
  Rogge awarded Honorary Doctorate
IOC President Jacques Rogge was awarded an Honorary Doctorate at the Beijing Sports University.
  Serbian leads Olympic football charge
Dujkovic has been appointed coach of China's Olympic football team for 2008 Games.
  Olympic chief: I want to be surprised in 2008
During his visit to Beijing from Saturday to Thursday, Jacques Rogge, president of the International Olympic Committee, attended the Fifth World Forum on Sport, Education and Culture in Beijing. He also visited some of the key Beijing venues, which allowed him to see first hand the development of the Beijing Olympic Games project.
  Former Olympian Bob Mathias dies
Former Olympian Bob Mathias dies of cancer in Fresno.
  Juan Antonio Samaranch
President of the IOC from 1980 to 2001
  Lord Killanin
President of the IOC from 1972 to 1980
  Avery Brundage
President of the IOC from 1952 to 1972
  J. Sigfrid Edstrom
President of the IOC from 1946 to 1952
  Count Henri de Baillet-Latour
President of the IOC from 1925 to 1946
  Pierre de Coubertin
President of the IOC from 1896 to 1925
  Demetrius Vikelas
President of the IOC from 1894 to 1896
  Aladar Gerevich
The Hungarian fencer is famous for having six straight saber successes.
  Adriana Behar
The Brazilian is one of the first double medalists in beach volleyball.
  Chen Chengda, China's almost Olympian
Chen was one of only a handful of Chinese who possessed a medal for participation in an Olympic Games.
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