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Top 10 Moments From the Olympics Opening Ceremony

Last night’s Olympics kicked off with a spectacular mix of pop and pageantry under the artistic direction of Oscar-winning filmmaker Danny Boyle. From an American perspective, the opening ceremony in London seemed comprised of the best partsof an Oscar telecast, a Macy’s parade and a Super Bowl halftime show. In short, it was courtly and dignified but also wild and funny, altogether both odd enough and impressive enough to arouse a lot of talk and Tweets this weekend. To help lead the discussion, we’ve compiled our top ten highlights from the big event.

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Blind Archer Sets First World Record of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games

Thanks to South Korean archer Im Dong-hyun the first world record and the first moving human interest story of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London has come before the Games of the XXX Olympiad have even officially begun.

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10 Unforgettable Moments from the Olympics

The Summer Olympics begin this weekend in London. For more than a century, the modern Olympic games have provided a global stage for athletes to deliver unforgettable moments of competition, courage and compassion.

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13 Olympic Facts That Will Blow Your Mind

If you don’t have Olympic fever yet, fret not. We’re here to help with a list of our 10 favorite facts about the games that you never knew.

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The 10 Most Breathtaking Opening Ceremonies in Olympic History

As the athletes get ready for the London Olympics, organizers are also preparing their best theatrics for the opening ceremony.

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Olympic Beach Volleyball Player Kerri Walsh-Jennings

As one-half of the legendary team also starring Misty May-Treanor, Kerri Walsh-Jennings is instantly recognizable as one of the greatest beach volleyball players in the world.

Together, they’re defending Olympic champions who won gold medals in both the 2004 and 2008 games, and they’re looking to repeat their success for a third time in London this year.

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Olympic Soccer Player Hope Solo

While soccer isn’t nearly as popular here as it is in other parts of the world, it seems to get its due in the US during the Olympics, at least. And when the women’s national soccer team won gold after a hotly-contested battle against Brazil at the 2008 Games in Beijing, its members became superstars.

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Team USA Gets Gold Medal for Embarrassment By Wearing Olympic Uniforms Made in China [VIDEO]

The athletes that comprise Team USA in the Summer Olympics may have been born in the USA but their outfits? Not so much.

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