The Medal Stand After Dark: Liu Xiang is treated like a king

Nick Friedell

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If you're not familiar with Liu Xiang, you will be in the next week. After winning a gold medal in the 110 meter hurdles in Athens, he has become the most popular athlete in China, and is expected to win the event again in Beijing. If this article is any indication, it seems like the Chinese are willing to do anything to make sure he is comfortable before the race. [foxsports.com.au]

The U.S.A. softball team is on a roll. [USA Today]

A solid profile on America's relay sensation Jason Lezak. [LA Times]

My colleague Pat Imig passed along this link, proving there is no shortage of strange Michael Phelps related items on ebay. [Joe Sports Fan]

Those female Olympic ushers sure had to go through a strange application process to get their jobs. [Monsters and Critics]

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