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A video screen shows Cathy Freeman lighting the Olympic Cauldron as part of the 20th anniversary celebrations of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. Freeman, who lit the cauldron at the original opening ceremony and won the 400-meter race at the track in one of the country's all-time great sporting moments, said it was a wonderful gesture to have "two future stars" recognized on such a major stage ahead of the rescheduled 2020 Games in Tokyo next year. (Dean Lewins/AAP Image via AP)
September 14, 2020 - 9:46 pm
Australians have such fond memories of the Sydney Olympics that officials brought back star athletes such as Cathy Freeman and Ian Thorpe to help celebrate the 20th anniversary. For good measure, they even re-lit the cauldron at Sydney Olympic Park. Freeman — by video link in Victoria state — and...
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FILE - In this March 25, 2020, file photo, Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), attends an interview after the decision to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games because of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Lausanne, Switzerland. Bach suggested that the Tokyo Olympics are a moving target. (Denis Balibouse/Keystone via AP, File)
September 11, 2020 - 5:15 am
TOKYO (AP) — The postponed Tokyo Olympics are scheduled to open in just over 310 days. But if you're looking for answers about how they'll look — or how the International Olympic Committee and local organizers will pull it off in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic — you'll be disappointed. IOC...
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FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2012, file photo, Jamaica's Usain Bolt crosses the finish line to win gold in the men's 100-meter final in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
August 17, 2020 - 2:48 pm
EDITORS — With the Tokyo Olympics postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press is looking back at the history of the Summer Games. This story ran Aug. 5, 2012. It was written by Howard Fendrich, who remains a top AP sports writer. By HOWARD FENDRICH Associated...
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FILE - In this July 31, 2012 file photo, United States' Michael Phelps poses with his gold medal for the men's 4x200-meter freestyle relay swimming final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)
August 17, 2020 - 2:46 pm
LONDON (AP) — In the end, 2012 wasn’t the last Olympics to see Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps. It was the Summer Games where their legendary status was cemented. Bolt became the first athlete to win both sprints at consecutive Olympics. The Jamaican track sensation electrified the Olympic Stadium in...
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File-Participants dance under threatening skies at a gathering to watch the announcement of the 2022 Winter Olympics host city outside the Beijing Olympic Stadium, also known as the Birds Nest, in Beijing, Friday, July 31, 2015. The Olympics are remembered for the stars. That was true in Beijing in 2008, and the stars were Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt. But Beijing is also storied for its signature venues like the “Bird's Nest” stadium, and the “Water Cube” swimming venue. No Olympics before — or since — have impacted a city the way the Olympics did Beijing. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)
August 16, 2020 - 11:23 pm
One question loomed over the 2008 Beijing Olympics: Would the Games change China? Richard Pound, now the senior member of the International Olympic Committee, wrote about it in his book "Inside the Olympics." “The decision in 2001 to give the games to China was made in the hope of improvement in...
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File-Visitors walk past the National Aquatics Center, known as the Water Cube, on the eve of the one-year anniversary of the opening of the Olympic Games, in Beijing Friday, Aug. 7, 2009. The Olympics are remembered for the stars. That was true in Beijing in 2008, and the stars were Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt. But Beijing is also storied for its signature venues like the “Bird's Nest” stadium, and the “Water Cube” swimming venue. No Olympics before — or since — have impacted a city the way the Olympics did Beijing. (AP Photo/Greg Baker, File)
August 16, 2020 - 11:21 pm
EDITORS — With the Tokyo Olympics postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press is looking back at the history of Summer Games. Here are some of the highlights of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. ___ The Olympics are remembered for the stars. That was true in Beijing...
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FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2004, file photo, the Olympic Rings are shown in flames in a pool of water during the Opening Ceremony of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)
August 15, 2020 - 9:37 pm
When the Olympics returned to Athens in 2004, they also returned to antiquity. The men's and women's marathon races started in the actual town of Marathon, near the ancient battlefield about 26 miles northeast of the capital on the Aegean coast. They finished in central Athens at the Panathenian...
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FILE - This Aug. 8, 1992, file photo shows, from left, USA's John Stockton, Chris Mullin, Charles Barkley and Magic Johnson rejoicing with their gold medals after beating Croatia 117-85 at the Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona. (AP Photo/John Gaps III, File)
August 12, 2020 - 2:11 pm
EDITORS — With the Tokyo Olympics postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press is looking back at the history of Summer Games. Here are some of the highlights of the 1992 Barcelona Games, where the “Dream Team” — a squad of NBA pros allowed in for the first time —...
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FILE - In this Sept. 17, 1988, file photo, the Olympic cauldron towers above the Olympic stadium in Seoul, South Korea, during the opening ceremonies for the summer Olympic Games. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)
August 11, 2020 - 3:12 pm
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — EDITORS — With the Tokyo Olympics postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press is looking back at the history of Summer Games. The 1988 Seoul Olympics were the last Summer Games of the Cold War era. ___ The final Olympics of the Cold War...
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FILE - In this July 19, 1980, file photo, members of the crowd hold up 3,500 cards to create an image of Misha the Bear Cup, the mascot of the Moscow Olympic Games at the Lenin Stadium in Russia on. Above burns the Olympic flame. (AP Photo/File)
August 09, 2020 - 12:22 pm
EDITORS — With the Tokyo Olympics postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press is looking back at the history of Summer Games. Here are some of the highlights of the 1980 Olympics in Moscow. The Cold War made for decades of tense Olympic battles between the United...
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