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Well the blue skies continue! We've been very lucky. The Village has really filled up these past few days. All the Canadians are here now, so it's great to see all the athletes and activity. On Sunday we had a quiet day in the medical clinic so a few of us took an impromtu tour.
The sun is shining once again over Beijing. Apparently the winds are from the north so it blows the polution away (most of the factories are in the south). Whatever the reason, it makes it quite amazing for us here now! Things are getting busier, as expected.
Paige Larson a North Van Physiotherapist with Team Canada writes on some of the first Beijing experiences as the countdown to the Opening of the Paralympics continues: The weather continues to be stellar and the skies remain clear of smog! The temperature today must have been high because it was cooking in the sun!
This is the first blog from Deanna Schick, an Athletic Therapist from Langley who is with Team Canada in Beijing: After a long flight some of our delegation has arrived in Beijing. A group of about 20 of us flew from Vancouver. The Paralympic Village just opened yesterday, so teams are just starting to arrive.
The Beijing Blog now focuses attention on the Paralympics which is about to get underway on September 6th. Team Canada consists of 150 athletes and 130 team officials (coaches, team leaders, mission staff and medical/paramedical practitioners), one of Canada’s largest Paralympic teams.
Simon Fraser University's Douglas W. Allen, Professor at the Department of Economics weighed in on the Elite Athlete Funding debate via an editorial in today's Financial Post.
The Australian Olympic team's sport scientists spent over a year perfecting electrolyte infused slushies to help their athletes try and beat the Beijing heat and the competition according to a pre-Games article that appeared in the Taipei Times. “It is a concentrated way to eat ice.
Now that we have 20-20 hindsight we can have some fun and check out just how accurate some pre-Games predictions were. One that was amazingly accurate came from a BBC article about how a group of academics put together a mathematical model to predict how many medals a country would win in the Olympics.
In the last few weeks you have been reading my thoughts about the Beijing Games. Well what more is there to say? In summary, I can say these were the best games I have ever been to, and I have worked at five Olympic games.
Click here to visit the Boston Globe's Beijing Photo Gallery wrapping up the 2008 Summer Games featuring great shots like one below of Bolt breaking the 200m world record.

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