The Medal Stand: Olympic badminton is for real

A few links to keep your day going ...

I can't say I've watched much badminton in my life, but if I lived in Asia it would probably be a different story. [McClatchy Newspapers]

First it was Maria Sharapova, then Lindsay Davenport, now Ana Ivanovic has withdrawn from the Olympics. [AP]

Were parts of the Opening Ceremony faked? [Telegraph]

This Japanese cyclist is an Olympian everybody should cheer for. [Daily Yomiuri Online]

A great column by George Vecsey about Michael Phelps. [New York Times]

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