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Beijing’s Temple of Heaven

August 24th, 2008 by Larry Steagall

The park and complex of Taoist buildings — known as the Temple of Heaven — is filled with people playing music and practicing taiji bailong, a kind of paddleball Tai Chi.

Before this year’s Olympics, the complex underwent a nearly 5.9 million renovation.

Reflections on Photographing the Olympics

August 23rd, 2008 by adice

Photographing the 2008 Olympics during the past few weeks has created many memories. Click play below to hear more:

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Golden Day at Olympic Beach Volleyball

August 22nd, 2008 by adice

U.S. beach volleyball players Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers won gold medals after beating Brazil in three sets on Friday.

Beijing Building Boom

August 21st, 2008 by Larry Steagall

It’s easy to see where all that “Made in China” money is going. New, high-tech buildings are sprouting all over Beijing. Click play below to hear more:

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Olympic Rings Starting to Look Like Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

August 19th, 2008 by Larry Steagall

As the close of the Beijing Olympics draws near, one of the most talked about subjects among photographers isn’t the amazing athletics – it’s food. With little time to eat and a slim selection of starchy fare, a good home-cooked meal becomes ever more enticing. Click play below to hear more:

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Olympic Women’s Triathlon and Marathon Photos

August 19th, 2008 by Larry Steagall

olympic traithalon

The heat on Sunday and Monday made for grueling outdoor triathlon and marathon races at the Beijing Olympics.

See scenes from two of the women’s races by clicking on the photo at left and browsing through the photo gallery.

Australia’s Emma Snowsill took gold in the triathlon. Vanessa Fernandes of Portugal won the silver. American American Laura Bennett stayed in third place for most of the run, but lost the bronze to Emma Moffatt of Australia.

Get on to the Bus, and off the Bus, and on the Bus …

August 19th, 2008 by Larry Steagall

Covering the Olympics, a lot of what you see ends up being a less -exciting view from inside a bus. Click play to hear more:

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Olympic Track and Field Events

August 19th, 2008 by Larry Steagall

Olympic track.

Click on the photo above to see a gallery of Olympic track and field events, such as hurdles, discus throwing, steeple chase and more.

USA Olympic Basketball Photos

August 18th, 2008 by adice

Photo gallery of USA v. Spain basketballClick on the photo at left to see scenes from Saturday’s USA men’s basketball game against defending world champs Spain.

With losses in previous Olympics, there was some fear that the U.S. basketball team wouldn’t do so well, but on Saturday, they routed Spain for a 119-82 victory.

They later went on to beat Germany 106-57 in the final game of Olympic group play.

The team faces Australia on Wednesday in the quarterfinal.

It May Rain, but Photographers are Pampered at the Olympics

August 15th, 2008 by adice

The U.S./Canada softball game was rained out on Thursday afternoon at the Beijing Olympics.

On Thursday, the torrential rains in Beijing canceled the U.S.A vs. Canada softball game. The U.S. was down 0-1 when the game was called. Click on the photo at the left to see more from that game.

On a brighter note, however, with the rain and the ankle injury, the volunteers at the games have shown they can shine. Click play below to hear more:

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larry steagall

Kitsap Sun photographer Larry Steagall will be shooting the athletes and atmosphere of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing for the Scripps Howard News Service.

Here, he'll share some insight into the events through photos and podcasts.

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