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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2007 2:08 pm
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So just 1 day right after his wedding, Yao Ming arrived into Beijing and participated at a Coca-Cola sponsored 1-year Countdown activity to 2008 Olympics.

And there, at 00:00 hours of August 8, he met the other most influential and international renowned Chinese athlete, another Shanghainese, Liu Xiang, the world's #1 athlete/Olympic gold medallist in 110M hurdle, his fiercest competitor (for lighting the torch or as the national flag bearer).


And he proudly displayed his wedding ring on his left hand.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2007 2:20 pm
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And Coca Cola announced a new global ad/promotional campaign for 2008 Olympics bringing together Big Yao and Lebron James..... :shock:

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http://home.businesswire.com/portal/sit ... ewsLang=en

August 07, 2007 11:58 AM Eastern Daylight Time

Coca-Cola Brings Olympians LeBron James and Yao Ming Together in New Global Olympic Commercial

ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--With just one year to go until


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2007 2:35 pm
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And Yao Ming will be a busy man in the next 2 days.

He and Ye Li will appear in tonight's countdown celebration at Tiananmen Square.

And tomorrow night, he and Ye Li will host a dinner (sort of their wedding reception) for their national team team mates.


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http://www.bonews.cn/article.asp?id=1499

One year to Olympics: We are ready
[ 2007-08-01 22:24:45 | Author: dennis ]

The Beijing Olympic Committee (BOCOG) promises a "spectacular and splendid evening gala" marking the one-year countdown to the Beijing Olympic Games on August 8, says Zhao Dongming, head of the cultural events department of BOCOG.

The celebrations will start at 7pm, lasting around three hours with a program of Chinese and Western performances at Tian'anmen Square in the Chinese capital.

International Olympic Committee(IOC) President Jacques Rogge will extend invitations toward more than 200 delegates from National Olympic Committees around the world to the international event. This is the first time the IOC is hosting the countdown event in a host city. Normally it is marked in Lausanne,the IOC's headquarter located in Switzerland.

Some 10,000 people are expected to watch the festivities, along with Chinese leaders, IOC senior officials and representatives of Olympic sponsors.

The performances including world famous pianist Lang Lang, a Swedish artist will sing, "China's Moon", an Inner Mongolian musician will play on a traditional instrument, and some 100 Chinese singers will perform, "We Are Ready," a song written and composed specially for the one-year countdown.

Zhao also said blockades will not be set up in Tian'anmen Square specifically for this gala, but there would be a stage set up near the center of the square, by the countdown clock due to the security reason. "We don't want to disrupt the general public from visiting the square," he explained.

He added that if it rains that day, the festivities would be moved indoors to the Great Hall of the People.

Chinese Central Television (CCTV) will broadcast the gala live worldwide.

Beijing will have other countdown events starting in the next few days, including people's fitness activities, arts performances, Olympic Treasure Exhibition, and Olympic families visiting the city will mark the whole nation's participation to the Games.

Co-host cities, Qingdao,Shanghai,Hong Kong,Tianjin,and Qinhuangdao,have also organized their own countdown events.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2007 3:54 pm
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And at Tiananmen Square, they are rehearsing for tomorrow's night's event......

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2007 7:14 pm
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Quite disappointing to those who hope to see Big Yao to have a baby soon..... :roll:

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http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007- ... 491367.htm

Yao Ming has no plan to have babies

www.chinaview.cn
2007-08-08 08:21:40


BEIJING, August 8 (Xinhua) -- Newly married Chinese basketball star Yao Ming and his wife Ye Li are having no plan for the present to have babies.

"We had no plan for the present," said Yao Ming, who appeared here Tuesday midnight to attend a Coca Cola Beijing Olympic Games counting down activity.


Just over 24 hours earlier, Yao and Ye, a former player in the Chinese women's basketball team, had their wedding in Shanghai.

"It's an once-in-lifetime opportunity to participate in an Olympic Games in your own country, so I will be concentrating on the preparation for the Games to be held next summer and my next NBA season," Yao added.

Recovering from a shoulder injury, Yao will report to the training camp of the Chinese national team in September.

"I hope we can make top six at the Games next summer," said Yao. "Or at least we can make some breakthrough."

China's best finish in Olympic basketball tournaments was eighth both in the Atlanta Games in 1996 and Athens Games in 2004.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2007 9:23 pm
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Wow, cool pix and news, Pryuen.

Am I the only one who thinks its too much red with the whole celebration? On the news, they were showing some of the prep work, the red background, plus the red cloth everyone was wearing. Hope the real '08 celebration wont that much red, since we cant even see what is going on on tv.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2007 9:37 pm
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MORE of Yao Ming and Liu Xiang shaking hand and bumping their shoulders the American way.....

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2007 2:44 am
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Wow Tiananmen looks beautiful.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2007 6:17 am
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How old is Ye anyway? trust me, but Yao will have his first born before Ye turns 30.

maybe as soon as 2009 or 2010.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2007 6:39 am
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Well, Coca-Cola is "red" too; so it's gonna be hard to avoid red this Olympics...


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