New Olympics Blog

In yet another sign of the China-centered media hoopla certain to accompany this summer's Olympic Games, The New York Times started a blog last week, "Rings: The 2008 Olympics." The blog will draw on reporters from a variety of desks and bureaus, though much of the early coverage has been done by Jeff Z. Klein (who keeps the Times' blogs on soccer and hockey) and sports columnist George Vecsey (who promises future China reading recommendations). So far, about half the blog's posts have centered on athletic news--a good reminder after the torch relay, protests, and other Olympics-related coverage of recent months, that the Olympics are also an athletic competition.

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