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August 7th, 2008
10:16 AM ET

Olympics hours away


Smog hangs over Beijing, and small but effective protests are more common than ever. All this, and the event hasn't even begun. Anticipation looms and security is getting tighter and tighter.


Filed under: Olympics • T1
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  1. Jalene

    You go athletes......this is your show.

    August 8, 2008 at 12:18 am |
  2. Ashley

    How many billions were spent?Thats a lot.Well it is a very special occasion.Uggh,that air,looks brutal,well hopefully everything goes alright.Good luck to the athletes!

    August 7, 2008 at 8:02 pm |
  3. Emily

    Yes, the atmosphere looks better today than it did months ago, but I think the smog will still effect the athletes during the Olympics. The government should have started clearing the atmosphere at least a year ago or more, not just 6-8 months.

    Emily – St.Paul, MN

    August 7, 2008 at 7:47 pm |
  4. Martina Ilstad Bonn Germany

    china do every thing,to make this Green Olypimpic Games possible.
    stop industrie,stop cardriving -but clima smog is the answer of years
    of bad unbelivibele bad clima politic in china.-what will be happen in china after the games are over.
    when the wold will not watching them longer.will they change their minds for a betterwoldclima for all of us.or will they make the some mistake againe.shure we all in the wold have do our durty,too

    August 7, 2008 at 6:06 pm |
  5. Susan Vertich

    With all the protesting about the conditions in China, we seem to forget that the purpose of the Olympic games is to celebrate the world's greatest athletes. Watching the Olympics gives us a way to set aside our differences for two weeks and be entertained by these talented athletes as they compete against each other. How can we protest the Olympic games being held in China if the athletes choose to participate in these games? Maybe Sharon Stone can answer this for me.

    August 7, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  6. Heather,CA,US

    I won't be surprised at all if China wins alot of medals. They have home court advantage.They have trained in this smog.They are in total denial and seemed to think that its just fog how wonderful! Meanwhile the rest of the worlds athletes trained in healthy smog free facilities. Just seeing our athletes saying they are sorry for wearing masks! I guess chinese officials werent very happy! I say to bad! All of our athletes have the right to do what they need to do to breath!

    August 7, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  7. T Varick

    I received an email stating Blacks are not being allowed to enter bars in Bejing? Can you confirm this? And if so, will you please report on this.

    August 7, 2008 at 1:31 pm |
  8. Michelle Fonthill Ont,Canada

    This is going to be interesting for sure hopefully everything will go off without a hitch. The althetes unting for the games and competition
    it's exciting to watch .They calim it's not smog that it's the air it's mist anyway it's time to clear the ari now let the games begin!

    August 7, 2008 at 1:13 pm |
  9. Annie Lee

    I have a feeling that the Chinese government bought out the IOC. Of course we cannot prove it. We better get use to it ....money talks and rules.

    Annie Lee
    El Dorado Hills, California

    August 7, 2008 at 1:02 pm |
  10. INDIANA JONES

    What all the negative media hype on China from the US and her media Hounds? I am not chinese, nor pro-china, but i think the US is afraid and jealous that China has done well for herself over these years, irrespective of the arbitration of the introvert regime...please give her a brake! wiii you?

    August 7, 2008 at 12:38 pm |
  11. Gary Chandler in Canada

    so... the athletes are not allowed to make 'political statements or gestures'; as it violates the Olympic Code and Spirit.
    What does the IOC call the selection of Communist China as host, if not a political statement!?
    For years they allowed steroids because it helped performance and only turned against it went it became public.
    The way China puts young children through torturous training is presently the IOC's definition of the Olympic Spirit!
    Countries and teams who put babies through tortuous for the 'glory of the games' should be banned!
    How can any Canadian athlete, with a conscious, aid and abet the child abuse in the Chinese athletic program!? or walk into a stadium with Mao Tse Sung. What a joke!
    (I bet Avery Brundridge caused those earthquakes, rolling over in his grave!)

    August 7, 2008 at 11:30 am |
  12. Heather,CA,US

    I find the potted plants as much of a facade as the Olympic Village itself and how they are pretending to have a free press and fog not smog. We as a country should have boycotted the games but cant thanks to those Chinese funded rebate checks.

    August 7, 2008 at 11:09 am |
  13. Cindy

    I hope that these Olympics go off as planned and no protests get out of hand or anything else bad happens.

    I'll probably watch the opening ceremonies but not much else. I like the winter ones better.

    Cindy...Ga.

    August 7, 2008 at 11:00 am |