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Things you need to know now about Beijing Games

Updated: February 8, 2008, 10:58 AM ET
By Amy Rosewater | Special to ESPN.com

Six months from Friday, the torch will be lit at the Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. And unlike some recent Olympics (see Athens), the city of Beijing has been ready for this moment years ahead of time.

China, which is trying to impress the world with its growth, no doubt will play host to one of the grandest Games ever, featuring 28 sports, 302 events and 10,708 athletes. More than 70,000 volunteers will be involved with these Olympics, which kick off Aug. 8.

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