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Another stunningly choreographed ceremony in the Bird's Nest.
Dropped batons and a softball upset.
The United States has more medals, but China has more gold.
Phelps watch: six gold medals down, two to go.
The United States overtakes China in the overall medal count, but China's lead in the gold medal tally remains.
Let the games begin!
Olympic and world records begin to fall in a wide variety of events.
South Korea surprises Cuba for the baseball gold medal.
Flatwater canoes, BMX bikes, and the marathon swim vie for attention.
Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka win gold for Switzerland in men's tennis doubles.
Rain delays some events while the US Men's basketball team rolls over Greece.
China keeps a slim lead over the United States in the medal count as Day Three closes.
The flame is lit
The color and grandeur of the Opening Ceremony.
The US keeps an solid lead in the overall medal tally.
American Henry Cejudo wins wrestling gold.
The US women's softball team remains unbeaten.
The Chinese women take the gold for team gymnastics while Michael Phelps picks up his fifth gold.
Michael Phelps continues his assault on the record books as Day Two sees the Olympics in full swing.
And the crowd
Olympics fans turn out to support their teams.