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When the World discus champion already had one of the pins my agency gives out. He had gotten it from one of my colleagues, who was always dressed to the nines even in searing heat. "Arabic guy in a suit?' I asked. "YEAH!" the thrower repsonded. My other colleague and I looked at one another and said in unison "RASHEED!"

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Rio 2007 Pan American Games

My trip to Rio in July 2007 for the first week of the Pan American Games.

Let the Games begin!

Brazil Brazil  |  Jul 12, 2007
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The 15th Pan Am Games got underway Friday with a glittering ceremony called "share the energy." It was typical Olympic- style stuff with lots of people in costume, lots of music, and lots of dancing. A couple of boring speeches by dignitaries and that was about it.

Today the competition is in full swing and I have five more working days. I am trying to clear up something about the venues.

They ahve these things called mixed zones where the reporters "mix" with the athletes after the races or competition. It's basically a cattle call of reporters trying to get quotes from athletes coming off the field of competition.

The Press Manual says that they allow non-rights holding broadcasters like me in there, but I am not sure if I can take my recorder. If I can't there's no need to fight my way through. If I can, that's a different story. It allows me to actually DO my job.

But there are gold medals being awarded in swimming and tae kwon do, team gymnastics and fencing, as well as other sports. So I will try to catch some of the events. I didn't come 5,000 miles to sit in a press center.
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