Bryan Clay of the US celebrates after winning the men's decathlon at the "Bird's Nest" National Stadium during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games on August 22, 2008. Clay won the Olympic decathlon, capturing gold in the two-day, 10-discipline event with 8,791 points. Belarus' Andrey Krauchanka finished second with 8,551 points with Cuba's Leonel Suarez third on 8,527 and Russia's Alexander Pogorelov fourth on 8,328.
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US swimmers Michael Phelps (L), Ryan Lochte (2nd R), Ricky Berens (R) and Peter Vanderkaay (2nd L) celebrate after their team swam to victory during the men's 4 x 200m freestyle relay swimming final at the National Aquatics Center during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in Beijing on August 13, 2008. A US team led by superstar Michael Phelps broke the men's 4x200m freestyle relay world record with a time of 6min 58.56sec. The victory gave Phelps his fifth gold medal of the Beijing Games and the 11th Olympic gold of his career.
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(L-R) Brendan Hansen, Aaron Piersol and Michael Phelps of the United States celebrate winning the Men's 4x100 Medley Relay held at the National Aquatics Centre during Day 9 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 17, 2008 in Beijing, China. The United States team won the gold medal with a world record time of 3:29:34.
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(L-R) Cullen Jones, Jason Lezak, Michael Phelps and Garrett Weber-Gale of the U.S. hold up the U.S. flag as they celebrate with their gold medals after winning the men's 4x100m freestyle relay swimming final at the National Aquatics Center during the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 11, 2008.
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- (From L) Allyson Felix, Monique Henderson, Sanya Richards and Mary Wineberg of the US celebrate winning the women's 4x400m relay final at the "Bird's Nest" National Stadium during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games on August 23, 2008. The United States won the Olympic women's 4x400-m relay title in a time of 3mins 18.54secs. Russia was second in 3:18.82 with Jamaica third in 3:20.40.
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The United States Women's Eight Rowing Team pose in the NBC Today Show Studio on the NBC Today Show set after winning gold medals at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 18, 2008 in Beijing, China.
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(L to R) USA's Lisa Leslie and USA's Candace Parker celebrate on the podium after the women's basketball gold medal match of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 23, 2008 at the Olympic basketball Arena in Beijing. The United States won their fourth straight Olympic women's basketball crown with a 92-65 triumph over Australia in the Beijing Games final. Australia took the silver medal and Russia the bronze.
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