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The Medal Stand: Everybody loves Yao

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I can't imagine what it's like to be Yao in China right now. The constant attention would drive me nuts. He has always handled his stardom well though and I don't think that will change, especially considering all the people who are depending on him to perform. He is the face of Chinese athletics, making him one the most important athletes competing at these Games. [Reuters]

Taxi drivers in Beijing are now having to wear uniforms. [Bangkok Post]

The biggest commercial plane ever started flying to Beijing today. [Inquirer.net]

U.S. men's 4x400 relay team from the 2000 Games officially had their gold medals taken away. [AFP]

Fencing in America is becoming bigger than ever ... especially with the ladies. [signonsandiego.com]

How are the Chinese always so good at table tennis? Read this and you'll find out. [Guardian]

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