• Racewalking? Badminton? The 6 oddest Olympic sports

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    No, it's not a scene from "E.T.": It's actually the June 16 trials for Olympic BMX racing in Chula Vista, Calif. Connor Fields, in the lead, won the event to win the second spot on the 2012 US Olympic Team.

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    Alexander Rusakov of Japan competes in the men's trampoline final during the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

  • 'There was no turning back': Phelps on his fourth shot at Olympic gold

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    Michael Phelps after he finished second in the championship final heat of the Men's 400 m Individual Medley at the 2012 US Olympic Swimming Team Trials at CenturyLink Center on Monday.

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    Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps greet each other after they competed in the 2012 US Olympic Swimming Team Trials Monday.

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    Matt Lauer sits down with multiple medal-winning American swimmer Michael Phelps to discuss his preparations for London.

  • Michael Phelps' adopted dog will learn to swim just like him

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    From Bow To Wow is right for Stella! She went from shelter dog to faithful companion of Olympian Michael Phelps.

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    Love at first sight! Michael Phelps met Penelope on TODAY and couldn't help but adopt her.

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    Relaxing on vacation, Herman is the other faithful hound of Olympian Michael Phelps.

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    Herman, king of the dock, surveys all around him.

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    Stella may not know how to swim yet but we're sure she will soon be a master of the water just like her owner!

  • Jordyn Wieber talks Bieber, cereal box stardom

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    As Jordyn Wieber aims for Olympic stardom, she has already achieved a huge goal: A spot on a cereal box.

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    Jordyn Wieber takes a leap on the balance beam during the women's senior division at the U.S. gymnastics championships on June 10.

  • No special treatment at Games for queen's granddaughter

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    British equestrian Zara Phillips takes part in the Olympic torch relay, riding through Cheltenham Race Course on May 23.

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    Equestrian and granddaughter of the queen Zara Phillips told reporters that she is "massively" excited to be on Britain's Olympic team.

  • Ann Romney's horse heading to London to go for Olympic gold

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    Ann Romney's horse, Rafalca, under the sure-handed guidance of trainer Jan Ebeling, at the National Grand Prix Dressage Championship at the United States Equestrian Federation Festival of Champions on Friday.

    Ann Romney's horse Rafalca has qualified for the London Olympics and will compete in the sport of dressage.

  • London bound: Blinded warrior to represent U.S. at 2012 Paralympics

    Lt. Brad Snyder lost his sight in an IED explosion in Afghanistan last September. The Navy officer is now training to represent the U.S. at the London 2012 Paralympics.

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    Blind swimmer Tharon Drake, right, seeks the hand of fellow swimmer Lt. Bradley Snyder to congratulate him on winning the 400-meter freestyle event in record time on Thursday at the 2012 U.S. Paralympics Swimming Trials in Bismarck, N.D. Snyder earned a spot on Team USA's swim team for the Paralympics later this summer in London.

    Lt. Brad Snyder, blinded by an IED explosion in Afghanistan, is now training for the London 2012 Paralympics.

  • A batch of beach comes to London for Olympics

    As London prepares to host the 2012 Summer Olympics, some of its most iconic locations are being turned into athletic venues, including the Horse Guards Parade, which leads to Buckingham Palace and will be a beach volleyball court. NBC's Keith Miller reports.

  • Shot in the dark: Blinded sailor aims for Paralympic Games in London

    Lt. Brad Snyder, blinded by an IED explosion in Afghanistan, is now training for the London 2012 Paralympics.

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    Brad Snyder laughs with co-workers of RedOwl Analytics during their lunch break. Snyder, blinded last September by an IED blast in Afghanistan, is competing for a spot on Team USA for the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.

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    Lt. Brad Snyder lost his sight in an IED explosion in Afghanistan last September. The Navy officer is now training to represent the U.S. at the London 2012 Paralympics.

  • Olympic wrestler Jordan Burroughs: 'All I see is gold'

    The 29-year-old track star and London hopeful says that her commitment to remain a virgin until marriage is the “hardest thing she has ever done in her life,” “harder than training for the Olympics.”

    Jordan Burroughs, the world champion in freestyle wrestling, says that he's focused on taking home gold in the London Olympics.