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Jul 26, 2012

Olympics-Mix ‘em, match ‘em, trade ‘em, obsess about pins

LONDON, July 26 (Reuters) – The Games have not started yet,
but trading from the far corners of the earth in Olympic pins of
every shape and size is already fast and furious at the entrance
to London 2012.

Men, women and youngsters from Canada, China, Greece, the
United States and elsewhere have already begun gathering at the
gates to the Olympic Park to take part in a collecting obsession
that stretches back decades for some.

Jul 26, 2012

Park workers scramble to finish before opening

LONDON (Reuters) – Carpenters, gardeners, crane operators and contractors of every kind were working flat out on Thursday to prepare the London 2012 Olympic park in time to welcome the public for Friday’s opening ceremony.

The Olympic stadium, the velodrome, aquatics and basketball centers loom over the sprawling park that has transformed a formerly tired corner of east London into a hive of industry, with last minute touches being carried out everywhere.

Jul 26, 2012

Olympics-Park workers scramble to finish before opening

LONDON, July 26 (Reuters) – Carpenters, gardeners, crane
operators and contractors of every kind were working flat out on
Thursday to prepare the London 2012 Olympic park in time to
welcome the public for Friday’s opening ceremony.

The Olympic stadium, the velodrome, aquatics and basketball
centres loom over the sprawling park that has transformed a
formerly tired corner of east London into a hive of industry,
with last minute touches being carried out everywhere.

Jul 25, 2012

Comedy and Royal Marines prep British women for gold hunt

LONDON (Reuters) – The British women’s hockey team is match fit and ready to rip up the pitch at the London 2012 Olympics after a fitness schedule that has included Royal Marine training and improv comedy.

Coach Danny Kerry told reporters at a pre-Olympics media briefing that he has subjected his players to a rigorous training and playing schedule that has prepared the world number four ranked team mentally and physically for every aspect of their toughest tournament at home and in front of the world.

Jul 25, 2012

Olympics-Hockey-Comedy and Royal Marines prep British women for gold hunt

LONDON, July 25 (Reuters) – The British women’s hockey team
is match fit and ready to rip up the pitch at the London 2012
Olympics after a fitness schedule that has included Royal Marine
training and improv comedy.

Coach Danny Kerry told reporters at a pre-Olympics media
briefing that he has subjected his players to a rigorous
training and playing schedule that has prepared the world number
four ranked team mentally and physically for every aspect of
their toughest tournament at home and in front of the world.

Jul 24, 2012

Australia lays down challenge to Brits in Olympic rowing

DORNEY, England (Reuters) – Australian rowing threw down the gauntlet to their British rivals and revealed they have established a “day house” just outside the Olympic regatta venue at Eton Dorney Lake in southern England in order to cut travel times for athletes.

Australian High Performance Director Andrew Matheson told reporters on Tuesday that the day house helps level the playing field for Australian athletes with their hosts who are staying nearby.

Jul 24, 2012

Australia lays down Olympic challenge to Brits

DORNEY, England (Reuters) – Australian rowing threw down the gauntlet to their British rivals and revealed they have established a “day house” just outside the Olympic regatta venue at Eton Dorney Lake in southern England in order to cut travel times for athletes.

Australian High Performance Director Andrew Matheson told reporters on Tuesday that the day house helps level the playing field for Australian athletes with their hosts who are staying nearby.

Jul 24, 2012

Olympics-Rowing-Australia lays down challenge to Brits

DORNEY, England, July 24 (Reuters) – Australian rowing threw
down the gauntlet to their British rivals and revealed they have
established a “day house” just outside the Olympic regatta venue
at Eton Dorney Lake in southern England in order to cut travel
times for athletes.

Australian High Performance Director Andrew Matheson told
reporters on Tuesday that the day house helps level the playing
field for Australian athletes with their hosts who are staying
nearby.

Jul 24, 2012

Kiwi camp keeps sniffles away with quarantine

DORNEY, England (Reuters) – New Zealand single sculls champion Mahe Drysdale and the rest of the Kiwi rowing squad are being cautious with the health risks by insisting on a quarantine order at their first press meeting.

The five-time world champion, along with pairs gold hopefuls Hamish Bond and Eric Murray and other New Zealand rowers invited the press back to their day house about 700 meters from the gates of the Olympic rowing lake at Dorney for a relaxed lunch.

Jul 24, 2012

Olympics-Rowing-Kiwi camp keeps sniffles away with quarantine

DORNEY, England, July 24 (Reuters) – New Zealand single
sculls champion Mahe Drysdale and the rest of the Kiwi rowing
squad are being cautious with the health risks by insisting on a
quarantine order at their first press meeting.

The five-time world champion, along with pairs gold hopefuls
Hamish Bond and Eric Murray and other New Zealand rowers invited
the press back to their day house about 700 metres from the
gates of the Olympic rowing lake at Dorney for a relaxed lunch.

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      "Paul Casciato has been a correspondent and editor for Reuters News Agency since 1992. He has reported and edited a wide range of political, general news and business stories that run the gamut from war to wage inflation. He has reported from Toronto, New York, London, Dublin, Jerusalem, the West Bank, Kenya, Tanzania, Washington, the Balkans, Kuwait, Bahrain and Iraq. He is currently in charge of lifestyle news for Europe, the Middle East and Africa."
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