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BEIJING 2008

BEIJING 2008

Michael Phelps of the United States competes in the men's 200-meter butterfly final at the National Aquatics Centre during day 5 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Phelps finished the race in 1.52.49 -- a new world record. 960 1280

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ATHENS 2004

ATHENS 2004

Pyrros Dimas of Greece jumps in the air as he celebrates a successful lift in the men's 85 kg category weightlifting competition during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games at Nikaia Olympic Weightlifting Hall. 960 1280

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SYDNEY 2000

SYDNEY 2000

Xuan Liu of China in action at the women's gymnastics beam final in the Sydney Superdome on day 10 of the 2000 Olympic Games. 960 1280

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ATLANTA 1996

ATLANTA 1996

Igor Potapovich of Kazakhstan soars through the flame-lit sky to clear the bar and claim fourth in the pole vault at the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta. 960 1280

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BARCELONA 1992

BARCELONA 1992

Michael Jordon, Scottie Pippen and Clyde Drexler receive their gold medals as members of the US basketball "dream team" during the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. 960 1280

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SEOUL 1988

SEOUL 1988

Greg Louganis of the US diving team sets himself for a dive in the springboard event at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, where he won the gold with a score of 730.80 points. 960 1280

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LOS ANGELES 1984

LOS ANGELES 1984

Carl Lewis of the US receives the baton from teammate Calvin Smith as he brings the US team to victory with a new world-record time of 37.83 seconds in the 4x100-meter relay during the 1984 Olympic Games at the Coliseum Stadium in Los Angeles. 960 1280

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MOSCOW 1980

MOSCOW 1980

Maria Caridad-Colon of Cuba in action during the women's javelin event of the 1980 Olympic Games at the Lenin Stadium in Moscow. Caridad-Colon won the event with a distance of 68.40 meters. 960 1280

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MONTREAL 1976

MONTREAL 1976

Bruce Jenner of the US celebrates during his record-setting performance in the decathlon at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. 960 1280

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MUNICH 1972

MUNICH 1972

Competitors rise out of the blocks at the start of the men's 200 meter final at the Olympiastadion in Munich. 960 1280

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MEXICO CITY 1968

MEXICO CITY 1968

At the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos performed their Black Power salute, a human rights protest and one of the most overtly-political statements in the 110-year history of the modern Olympic Games. 960 1280

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TOKYO 1964

TOKYO 1964

The start of the 100-meter butterfly swimming race at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. 960 1280

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ROME 1960

ROME 1960

Abebe Bikila of Ethiopia, running barefoot, draws away from Abdesselem Rhadi of Morocco near the finish of the marathon at the 1960 Rome Olympics. He went on to win with a new Olympic record time of 2 hours, 15 minutes and 16 seconds. 960 1280

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MELBOURNE 1956

MELBOURNE 1956

Chris Brasher of Great Britain during the steeplechase final event at the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, Australia. 960 1280

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HELSINKI 1952

HELSINKI 1952

Nina Romaschkova of Russia throws the discus at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. She won Russia's first Olympic medal and set a new Olympic record. 960 1280

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LONDON 1948

LONDON 1948

Danish competitor Major N Mikkelsen fails to win the jumping test event as his horse demolishes a fence at the 1948 Olympics in London. 960 1280

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BERLIN 1936

BERLIN 1936

American athlete Jesse Owens runs at the 1936 Olympic Games, where he won 4 gold medals. Behind him, an athlete wears a swastika on his vest. 960 1280

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LOS ANGELES 1932

LOS ANGELES 1932

Thomas Hampson of Great Britain breaks the tape ahead of Alexander Wilson of Canada to win gold and set a new world record at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1932. 960 1280

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AMSTERDAM 1928

AMSTERDAM 1928

The Chilean goalkeeper fails to prevent Portugal from winning at the Amsterdam Olympics in 1928. 960 1280

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PARIS 1924

PARIS 1924

Preliminary rounds in the water polo competition take place in the pool at Tourelles during the Paris Olympics in 1924. 960 1280

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ANTWERP 1920

ANTWERP 1920

Suzanne Lenglen of France competes in the women’s tennis event during the 1920 Olympic Games in Antwerp, Belgium. 960 1280

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STOCKHOLM 1912

STOCKHOLM 1912

The opening ceremonies of the 1912 Olympic Games in Stockholm. 960 1280

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LONDON 1908

LONDON 1908

Women archers participate at the 1908 London Olympics. 960 1280

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ST. LOUIS 1904

ST. LOUIS 1904

The 100-meter freestyle race, which was won by Hungarian swimmer Zoltan Halmay at the 1904 Games in St. Louis. 960 1280

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PARIS 1900

PARIS 1900

The Tug-of-War was a controversial affair, with a combined Sweden/Denmark team beating France in the 1900 Paris Olympics. 960 1280

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ATHENS 1896

ATHENS 1896

The start of the 100-meter sprint at the first Olympic Games of the modern era in 1896 in Athens. 960 1280

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LSU vs. Alabama

LSU vs. Alabama

The BCS Championship
Alabama looks to exact some revenge after a crushing 9-6 overtime loss to LSU earlier in the season. Trent Richardson, one of the most dynamic backs in the country, will attempt to lead the Crimson Tide to victory over LSU's Tyrann Mathieu and the nation's 2nd ranked defense in the BCS championship game at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans. The 2 SEC powerhouses will duke it out Monday, Jan. 9 at 8:30|7:30c.
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Stanford vs. Oklahoma State

Stanford vs. Oklahoma State

The Fiesta Bowl
If you like high-scoring offensive match-ups, then this is the game for you. Stanford, led by Heisman runner-up Andrew Luck, is poised to put up big numbers in the Fiesta Bowl against Justin Blackmon and the high-powered offense of Oklahoma State. The game will take place in Glendale, AZ, on Monday, Jan. 2 at 8:30|7:30c.
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Clemson vs. West Virginia

Clemson vs. West Virginia

The Orange Bowl
The Big East Champion West Virginia Mountaineers look to power over the ACC Champion Clemson Tigers in the 2012 Orange Bowl on Wednesday, Jan. 4 at 8:30|7:30c. With strong-armed Geno Smith leading WVU against Tajh Boyd and an explosive Clemson team, Florida could be the place to see some offensive fireworks this new year.
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Wisconsin vs. Oregon

Wisconsin vs. Oregon

The Rose Bowl
In a battle with 2 of the most explosive backs in the country, Big Ten champion Wisconsin will Square off against the Pac-12 champion Oregon Ducks. The 2 teams will face off on Monday, Jan. 2 at 5|4c in one of the most historic stadiums in college football, the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA.
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Michigan vs. VA Tech

Michigan vs. VA Tech

The Sugar Bowl
The Michigan Wolverines cruise into New Orleans to match-up against Logan Thomas and the Virginia Tech Hokies in the Sugar Bowl. If Virginia Tech wants to win this game, they'll have to contain the highly-entertaining, dual-threat quarterback of the Wolverines, Denard Robinson who threw for 2,056 yards and ran for another 1,163. These 2 teams are set to battle at the Louisiana Superdome on Tuesday Jan. 3 at 8:30|7:30c.
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The University of Florida Gators go head-to-head with the Penn State University Nittany Lions at the Outback Bowl in Tampa, FL, on January 1, 2011. 960 1280

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The Florida Gators have made 37 bowl game appearances and collected 3 national championships, most recently in 2009. Will 2011 be theirs for the taking? 960 1280

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The Ohio State Buckeyes celebrate their 2010 Rose Bowl win in Pasadena, CA. Ohio State will go for a consecutive bowl win on January 4 in New Orleans when they play the Arkansas Razorbacks in the 2011 Allstate Sugar Bowl. 960 1280

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The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl hosts the annual Bowl Championship Series at the University of Phoenix in Glendale, AZ. 960 1280

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There will be no shortage of orange for the 2011 Discover Orange Bowl between Stanford and Virginia Tech on Jan 3 in Miami, FL. 960 1280

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The VA Tech Hokies will make their fifth appearance at the Orange Bowl. 960 1280

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Students and cheerleaders celebrate after the University of Wisconsin upset Ohio State 31-18 on October 16, 2010. The Wisconsin Badgers will play the Texas Christian University (TCU) Horned Frogs in the 2011 Rose Bowl on Jan 1 in Pasadena, CA. 960 1280

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The Cotton Bowl was played at Dallas' Cotton Bowl Stadium in 2009. The Cotton Bowl is now played at the new stadium built by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones in Arlington, TX. 960 1280

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Florida State Seminoles head coach Bobby Bowden is surrounded by photographers following the team's 33-21 victory against the West Virginia Mountaineers at the 2010 Gator Bowl. Mississippi State and Michigan go head-to-head for the 2011 Gator Bowl on Jan 1. 960 1280

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University of Oklahoma running back DeMarco Murray celebrates with fans after beating the University of Texas in the 2010 Cotton Bowl. The UConn Huskies and the Oklahoma Sooners will face -off in the 2011 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on Jan 1 in Glendale, AZ. It will be UConn's first Bowl Championship Series appearance and Oklahoma's fourth. 960 1280

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Vince Lombardi, son of Italian immigrants, defied economic odds and a small physical stature to become a star football player for Fordham University in the mid-1930s. 960 1280

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Despite being undersized for the position (5'8", 183 lbs.), Lombardi became the right guard in the "Seven Blocks of Granite," a nickname given to Fordham's dominant defensive front line. In this photo he pursues a Purdue ball carrier in the mid-1930s. 960 1280

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After several highly successful years coaching high-school football, Lombardi returned to Fordham in 1947 to coach the freshman teams in football and basketball. The following year he served as an assistant coach for Fordham's varsity football team. 960 1280

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In 1948 Lombardi left Fordham to accept another assistant coaching position at the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), then a national power in college football. He served under Army's legendary head coach Colonel Red Blaik. 960 1280

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From 1954 to 1958, Lombardi served as offensive coordinator for the New York Giants and helped lead the team to the NFL title in 1956. In 1959, he became head coach of the struggling Green Bay Packers. By 1960, Lombardi had transformed the Packers into a football powerhouse. 960 1280

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Lombardi's most famous play became known as the "Lombardi Sweep," executed here by Paul Hornung (#5) in the 1965 NFL Championship game against the Cleveland Browns. From 1959 to 1967, Lombardi's Packers won 5 NFL championships, including victories in the first 2 Super Bowls. 960 1280

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Lombardi's NFL-champion Packers defeated the AFL-champion Kansas City Chiefs 35-10 in the first Super Bowl on January 15, 1967, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The venerable stadium, built for the 1932 Olympics, had a capacity of over 90,000 seats, but attracted only 61,946 for the game. 960 1280

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Lombardi became head coach of the Washington Redskins in 1969. In his first year he broke a string of 14 losing seasons, finishing with a record of 7'5'2. In this photo, he instructs a player during training camp on August 7, 1969. 960 1280

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After being diagnosed with a particularly aggressive form of cancer, Lombardi died on September 3, 1970 at the age of 57. Three days later, NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle named the Super Bowl trophy the "Vince Lombardi Trophy." 960 1280

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Lombardi was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, OH, in 1971. 960 1280

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A 14-foot statue of Lombardi was erected on a plaza outside Lambeau Field as part of the 2003 renovation of the stadium. Lombardi stands in an overcoat grasping a program, as he often did on the sideline. 960 1280

Once called the "Pope of Green Bay," the Lombardi legend lives on with this present-day Green Bay Packers fan. The Packers will play the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV on Feb. 6, 2011. 960 1280

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