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Ron Judd, an Olympics junkie and Seattle Times columnist who has covered Olympic sports since 1997, will use this space to serve up news and opinion on the Summer and Winter Games -- also inviting you to chime in on Planet Earth's biggest get-together.

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August 11, 2008 10:02 AM

While You Slept, Monday edition

Posted by Ron Judd

While you were sleeping, Monday edition:

Shooting: Abhinav Bindra, 25, of India, becomes the first Indian to win a gold medal, this one in the 10-meter air rifle competition. The New York Times announces in a headline: "Suddenly, a Billion People Notice the Olympics."

Women's Hoops: The U.S., on the strength of a 23-0 first half run, leave China in the dust, 108-63. Tina Thompson leads with 27 points.

Diving: China's Lin Yue and Huo Liang win the men's 10-meter synchro title, China's second diving gold in two days. U.S. pair David Boudia and Thomas Finchem are fifth.

Swimming: Michael Phelps, apparently tireless, returned to the Water Cube and set a new Olympic record (1:53.70) in qualifying for the 200 butterfly. Katie Hoff and Natalie Coughlin advance in the 200 IM; Hoff also advances in the 200 freestyle. They may not all be gold, but Hoff is going home with a stack of medals.

Also worth mentioning is something we didn't get to last night: Italy's Federica Pellegrini, one leg of the love triangle (along with her boyfriend, swimmer Luca Martin, and Martin's ex, French rival Laure Manaudou) that keeps Euro tabloids in business these days, proved she can make news in other ways, breaking the world record in the 200 free (1:55.45).

Tonight: Local swimmers Megan Jendrick and Margaret Hoelzer have finals in the Water Cube.

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www.olympic.org: The official International Olympic Committtee site, with news releases, a searchable Olympic medals database and other archival information.
www.nbcolympics.com: Olympic news site from one of the Games' primary sponsors.
NBC Olympics columnist Alan Abrahamson's column/blog
Chicago Tribune Olympic sports writer Philip Hersh's blog
www.usolympicteam.com: U.S. Olympic Committee's athlete web site.
www.aroundtherings.com: Ed and Sheila Hula's Olympic News Service (subscription).
www.wcsn.com: News service with audio, video and text coverage of Olympic sports, during and between Olympics. Free, but charges for live video feed subscriptions.
www.beijing2008.com: Beijing Organizing Committee Web site.
www.vancouver2010.com: Vancouver Organizing Committee's 2010 Winter Games site.
www.london2012.com: London 2012 Summer Games site.
www.sochi2014.com: Sochi, Russia's 2014 Winter Games site.
www.chicago2016.org: Candidate city Chicago's summer 2016 bid committee site.
Olympic swimmer Tara Kirk's highly entertaining WCSN blog
Bellevue Olympian Scott Macartney's WCSN alpine ski-racing blog
Other WCSN Olympic athlete blogs.