Michael Phelps nearly misses qualifying for 400 IM final

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LONDON – All the hype since the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials has been centered around the two races Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte would race each other in, the 200m IM and the 400m IM.

The 400m IM heats were this morning, and Phelps barely made the final. If he was .08 of a second slower, he would not have qualified.

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Capturing an Olympian’s many movements on the pommel horse

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Louis Smith of Britain practices on the pommel horse during a training session at the O2 Arena before the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games in London, on July 25. This photo was taken using multiple exposures.

Owl competes in 100 cm sprint at London Zoo

The Olympic spirit is up and running at London Zoo on Thursday, as Bob the owl, takes on a 100 cm - yes - 100 cm sprint. Bob was participating in the zoo’s daily Animal Athletes in Action and showing off his unique running technique. The six inch tall owl works daily to beat his personal best time his keeper comments.

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UK military asked to cover 3,500 Olympic security worker shortfall

LONDON - Britain’s military was asked to provide an 3,500 extra personnel for the Olympic Games with only 16 days to go before the opening ceremony, government sources told NBC News on Wednesday.

Private security contractor G4S conceded it may not be able to supply the numbers of guards — made up of certified security workers and temporary recruits — it had originally agreed.

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Stonehenge transformed to glowing fairytale garden

World Heritage site Stonehenge is illuminated during an elemental Fire Garden display, which is part of the London 2012 Festival, in Salisbury, southern England July 10, 2012.

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Gymnasts compete for spot on Olympic team

U.S. gymnast Sabrina Vega competes on the balance beam in this multiple exposure photograph at the U.S. Olympic gymnastics trials in San Jose, Calif. June 29, 2012.

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Women’s 100m decision is a toss-up

EUEGENE, Ore. –– Nearly 24 hours of confusion over how the dead heat between Allyson Felix and Janeba Tarmoh for the third and final spot on the Olympic team in the women’s 100m will come down to either a coin flip or a run-off.

According to these new procedures, which will be applied to all instances of breaking a tie for the final slot in a running event in which a national team or Olympic team slot is at stake, the tie will be broken by the following protocol:

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Ashton Eaton breaks decathlon World Record

EUGENE, Oregon (AP) — Meter by meter, Ashton Eaton kept swallowing up real estate on a track that has always felt like home.

Second by second, the clock on that track ticked away — daring him to cross the finish line in a time that would put his name in the record books.

Opening Ceremony playlist leaked

An 86-track playlist of music from the Opening Ceremony was leaked Tuesday, giving us an inside look at what Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle might have in store for the evening. All the songs are pretty notable, but here’s a list of the one’s that stuck out to us, for good and for bad.

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Olympic torchbearer stops mid-relay, proposes

The Olympic flame sparked a romantic moment Monday when torchbearer David State stopped midway through his relay to propose to his girlfriend, eliciting rounds of cheers from the surrounding crowd. 

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