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  Get to know your Olympians
  And then there was one
Aug. 12: David Durante, the only alternate on the U.S. Men’s Gymnastics Team not called to compete, discusses the emotional end to his Olympic journey in Beijing.

  Slide shows
Image: Michael Phelps
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  Best of the Olympics
Athletes made big splashes in their triumphant wins and disappointing defeats.
Fireworks explode during the closing ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at the National Stadium
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  Olympics end with a bang
Fabulous fireworks, pretty performers and more at the Closing Ceremony.
Olympics Day 11 - Athletics
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  American women
Slide show: See the highs and lows of U.S. women at the Olympics.
Image: Michael Phelps of the U.S. celebrates with his gold medal for the men's 100m butterfly at the London Olympics on Aug. 3
  Michael Phelps through the years
A look at the celebrated swimmer’s journey to winningest Olympian ever.
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  Olympic Hall of Famers
From gymnast Mary Lou Retton to boxer Muhammad Ali, catch 25 legendary athletes in action.
  Video: Matt & Al's Olympic antics
  Matt, Al's risky gymnastics
Aug. 19: Rhythmic gymnast Alexandra Orlando shows TODAY's Matt Lauer and Al Roker how to use the clubs.
  Matt and Al learn to luge
Feb. 15, 2006: TODAY's Matt Lauer and Al Roker try the two-man luge at the 2006 Winter Games in Torino.
  Al and Matt sync and swim
Aug 20, 2004: TODAY's Matt Lauer and Al Roker learn some moves from the U.S. synchronized swim team.
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  Special feature
Pandas at play
Meet the cute and cuddly bears of China's Bifengxia panda reserve.
  Behind the scenes
TODAY in Beijing
See the Olympic host city through the eyes of TODAY family in the field.
  TODAY's Chow
Try some Asian cuisine

TODAY's Chow takes you along with Matt Lauer, Meredith Vieira, Al Roker and Ann Curry as they learn traditional Chinese recipes. Click here to order the entire series on DVD.


  Images: China and its culture
Image:  Chinese security officer stand guards
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  Postcards from China
Take a tour of the impressive sights in and around Beijing, from Tiananmen Square to the Forbidden City.
  Ping pong, the national pastime
Table tennis is more than a sport in China - it's simply a part of daily life.
Image: National Aquatics Centre (the Water Cube)
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  Building for Beijing
A look at the brand new and very expensive venues for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games.

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