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Anticipation mounts with Games just four days away

Athletes, workers and fans prepare for the start of the London Games

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Torch bearer Amelia Hempleman-Adams, age 17, stands on top of a capsule on the London Eye as part of the torch relay ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games in London July 22, 2012.

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In this photo provided by LOCOG, Amelia Hempleman-Adams poses with the Olympic Flame on top of a London Eye pod on the Torch Relay leg through London, Sunday July 22, 2012. Opening Ceremonies for the 2012 London Olympics will be held Friday July 27.

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Soldiers march through Westminster, to provide security for the Olympic Games, in London, July 22, 2012.

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An Olympic soccer ball is seen during Mexico's training session ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Cochrane Park in Newcastle, northern England, July 22, 2012.

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Great Britain goalie Emma Higgings controls the ball in front of teammate Karen Bardsley during soccer team training in Cardiff, Wales, at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, July 22, 2012, in London. The opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games are scheduled for Friday, July 27.

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Brazilian goalie Barbara flies to stop a ball during a soccer women's team training in Cardiff, Wales, at the 2012 London Summer Olympics, Sunday, July 22, 2012. The opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games are scheduled for Friday, July 27.

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Cleaners make the finishing touches to the stands at the Aquatics Centre before the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games in London, July 22, 2012.

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Brazilian diver Juliana Veloso trains at the 2012 London Olympics, Sunday, July 22, 2012, in London. The opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games are scheduled for Friday, July 27.

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Brazilian diver Juliana Veloso trains at the 2012 London Olympics, Sunday, July 22, 2012, in London. The opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games are scheduled for Friday, July 27.

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Mexican diver Arantxa Chavez Munoz trains at the 2012 London Olympics, Sunday, July 22, 2012, in London. The opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games are scheduled for Friday, July 27.

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A diver jumps into a pool during a training session at the Aquatics Centre before the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games in London, July 22, 2012.

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Japan's Ryosuke Irie dries off after a training session at the main pool at the Aquatics Centre before the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games in London, July 22, 2012.

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Swimmers and coaches from Moldova prepare for a training session at the main pool in the Aquatics Centre before the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games in London, July 22, 2012.

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Australian equestrian Shane Rose reacts during a media conference before the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games in London, July 22, 2012.

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Marthe Koala, a runner from Burkina Faso, wears a traditional hat while she and other team members gather for the Olympic Team Welcome Ceremony at the Athletes' Village at the Olympic Park in London, July 22, 2012. Opening ceremonies for the London 2012 Olympics will be held on Friday.

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Badminton player Reiko Shiota shows off her Union flag ear rings as she arrives with other members of Japan's Olympic team and delegation for the London 2012 Olympic Games at Heathrow Airport in London July 22, 2012.

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A member of the U.S. Women's hockey team trains at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, July 22, 2012, in London. The opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games are scheduled for Friday, July 27.

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Australian swimmers pause for photos with the Olympic rings at the Athletes' Village at the Olympic Park, Sunday, July 22, 2012, in London. The opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games are scheduled for Friday, July 27.

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A view shows the St Pancras International Station with Olympic rings and a statue of John Betjeman in London, July 22, 2012.

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Olympic athletes Ella Gunson (L), Catherine Finlayson and Samantha Charlton (R) of New Zealand arrive at St Pancras International Station in London July 22, 2012.

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Fans watch and wave flags as members of Japan's Olympic team and delegation arrive for the London 2012 Olympic Games at Heathrow Airport in London July 22, 2012.

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Members of the Brazilian Olympic football team buy items from a store in the Athletes Village in London July 22, 2012. The Brazilian football team walked through the park for the media and briefly visited an official merchandise store in the Athletes Village.

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Arthur Zanetti, a Brazilian gymnast, talks to reporters while standing next to an Olympic mascot at the Athletes' Village at the Olympic Park, Sunday, July 22, 2012, in London. Opening ceremonies for the 2012 London Olympics will be held Friday, July 27.

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A cheerleader practises a stunt for a Cheer Team GB routine by the Queen Victoria Memorial at Buckingham Palace in central London July 22, 2012.

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Cheerleaders practise a Cheer Team GB routine near Green Park in central London July 22, 2012.

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A tourist takes a picture of herself in front of the River Thames and the London Eye in central London July 22, 2012.

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A couple photographs themselves in front of a set of Olympic rings located on a barge in the River Thames off of Battersea Park Sunday, July 22, 2012, in London. The city will host the 2012 London Olympics which opens Friday, July 27.

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A boy plays soccer at Battersea Park while a set of Olympic rings located on a barge floats in the River Thames in the distance Sunday, July 22, 2012, in London. The city will host the 2012 London Olympics which opens Friday, July 27.

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Tourists ready themselves to pose for a photograph next to a member of the Household Cavalry at Horse Guards Parade in central London July 22, 2012.

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A police officer watches the Olympic Team Welcome Ceremony at the Athletes' Village at the Olympic Park, Sunday, July 22, 2012, in London. Opening ceremonies for the 2012 London Olympics will be held Friday, July 27.

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An Olympic torch is on display at the Athletes' Village at the Olympic Park, Sunday, July 22, 2012, in London. Opening ceremonies for the 2012 London Olympics will be held Friday, July 27.

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