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2008

Olympic Games - Day 2

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Olympic Games - Day 2 - Wednesday, August 6
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Day 2: First impressions

BEIJING (China) - Wednesday was a day of first impressions. The Dutch Olympic Softball Team used its first full day in Beijing for a practice session. In the afternoon, the team practiced for an hour on the practice field of the Fengtai Softball Complex, then was on the Olympic field for the next hour to familiarize with the stadium and also was able to practice there for another hour. The team also got time to look around in the Olympic Village and settle down in their apartments.

Around the immense city of Beijing no one can ignore that the Olympic Games are being staged here. On all sides of all roads and highways, banner with the 'One World, One Dream' slogan are displayed, while flags with the Olympic logo, as well as the official mascots also show up on many places.

In the afternoon, the Beijing Olympic Weather Services held a press conference regarding the weater conditions and the smog situation during the Olympic Games, as well as the coming days. Last weekend, we learned that the weather might not be favorable on Thursday and Friday (the day of the Opening Ceremony), but during the press conference it was stated that there will be no extreme weather this week. Spokespersons of the CHina Meteorological Bureau stated that on August 9 and 10 there might be some medium rain.

Also on Wednesday, the Olympic Flame started its last leg of three days through the Chinese capital. The Flame arrived in Beijing and on Wednesday-morning, it started its journey at Meridian Gate at the Forbidden City. Liu Qi, the President of the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games, handed the Olympic Torch to Yang Liwei, the country's first astronaut, who then started the Torch Relay. Also carrying the Torch were famous NBA-basketball-player Yao Ming and film director Zhang Yimon, who also is the chief director during the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, but also Dutch IOC-member Hein Verbruggen carried the Torch. The Torch Relay also passed the hotel, where some of the Dutch delegates are staying during the Olympic Games.

In the meantime, some Chinese TV-channels are broadcasting 24 hours per day Olympic news, including arrivals at the airport, the Torch Relay, interviews, highlights of past Olympic Games, and so on. Also on TV, a lot of historical drama-series and movies and the famous Chinese operas, but the most attention goes to the Olympic Games. The Opening is now only two days away.


The Olympic Village sign at the entrance when the team arrived yesterday-evening
(Photo taken by Rebecca Soumeru/Petra van Heijst)


The 'One World, One Dream' display in the Olympic Village
(Photo taken by Rebecca Soumeru/Petra van Heijst)


The eating room in the Olympic Village
(Photo taken by Rebecca Soumeru/Petra van Heijst)


And this is the game room in the Olympic Village
(Photo taken by Rebecca Soumeru/Petra van Heijst)


The stairs in the Dutch appartments in the Olympic Village
(Photo taken by Rebecca Soumeru/Petra van Heijst)


This is the housing of the Dutch Olympic Softball Team in the Olympic Village
(Photo taken by Rebecca Soumeru/Petra van Heijst)


The flags of the participating countries in the center of the Olympic Village
(Photo taken by Rebecca Soumeru/Petra van Heijst)


With the bus on the Olympic Lane to the softball stadium for practice
(Photo taken by Rebecca Soumeru/Petra van Heijst)


Looking around and familiarizing at the Fengtai Softball Field
(Photo taken by Rebecca Soumeru/Petra van Heijst)


A view from the infield to the stands of the Fengtai Softball Field
(Photo taken by Rebecca Soumeru/Petra van Heijst)


The 'One World, One Dream'-banners are hanging all over Beijing


The lobby of the hotel where some of the Dutch delegation-members are staying



The Coca-Cola and Samsung trucks preceed the Olympic Flame



The Olympic Torch with the Flame are carried in a special van


A police escort completes the cavalcade


A lot of spectators looked at the Olympic Flame passing by


KNBSB-President Ruud van Zetten and his wife Rienette also looked on


Chinese people are watching proudly to the Olympic Flame


A young Olympic fan waves an Olympic flag


After the Flame passed, traffic returned to normal


Olympic and Chinese flags can be seen everywhere in the city...


...just as the five Olympic mascots


This game is not Olympic, but is played in the street

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