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China’s Olympic Fetish for First

With 42 medals, 20 of them coated with those much coveted 30 carats, China is just behind the U.S. for first in the overall and gold medal counts at London 2012 (as of August 3, 14:00 PST). In China, there has long been a...

The Olympics: Just Games?

For the Chinese, the Olympics have always been something more than just games: the longstanding medal-oriented ideology has linked sports achievements to national glory. As the 2012 London Olympics loom, although the national...

Beijing’s Olympic Ruins

Four years later, most of the sports facilities built for the 2008 Beijing Olympics have remained untouched since the extravagant closing ceremony. The Water Cube, the main stadium for aquatics during the Olympics, is now...

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