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Wednesday Olympic Highlights: China Takes Overall Medal Lead

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Wednesday Olympic Highlights: China Takes Overall Medal Lead

By Katie DeLong

BEIJING - The 2008 Summer Games roll on in Beijing Thursday…and if you follow the medal count, you may be surprised to learn that China has taken the overall lead in medals won, 32 to 31. Wednesday was kind of a quiet day for American athletes. No Americans won gold medals in the swimming pool, though there were some bronze medal performances. Michael Phelps swims for gold Thursday. In men's gymnastics, China's Yang Wei won the individual all-around competition...Japan and France picked up the silver and bronze medals respectively. Nashotah's Sally Barkow, who's an Olympic sailor is doing very well so far. Her team won a race Wednesday to move into third position overall. There are three more races in the competition....the final one coming on Saturday. Phelps' fan club is growing. He gets mobbed everywhere he goes in Beijing, and even some other star athletes are turning into fans. One guy, had to fight off his own fans as he left the water cube after cheering for Phelps. "He's head and shoulders above everybody else. Let's go to the village and pick up those tickets,” Kobe Bryant said. Bryant is competing on the Team USA basketball squad. Bryant and the rest of the American basketball team have a game coming up against Greece. In other Beijing Olympics news, something just as popular as the athletes is the food! The food you can buy on the streets for example. Wednesday on the TODAY’S TMJ4 Ozone program, we followed a reporter as she took a tour of the Olympic village. We wondered if the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's man in Beijing has had a chance to get around. Reporter Gary D'Amato says he hasn't had a lot of time off, but he does have one spot that he wants to visit. "I've got to go to the silk market at some point because, I know everything's a knock-off there, but Ben Askren, the wrestler from Hartland, went over to the silk market and bought an Armani suit for $27, so that's what I’ve got to do, go get me an Armani suit for $27,” D’Amato said.
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