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Handing off the torch
The $423 million Bird's Nest in Beijing — centerpiece of Beijing's Olympic Games in 2008 — looms in the background as two young Chinese athletes practice Taekwondo on April 17 during rehearsal for an event marking the 100-day countdown to London's 2012 Olympic Games on July 27. The hand off between host cities is part of the Olympic tradition.
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The final countdown
Olympic officials and the media meander by a large set of Olympic rings created with more than 20,000 flowers and plants in London's Kew Gardens on April 18.
The event marked the 100-day countdown and announced London's official Olympic motto: "Inspire a generation."
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