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OLYMPIC REVIEW5OLYMPIC REVIEWOR CONTRIBUTORSEXECUTIVEBOARDPresident Jacques RoggeVice-PresidentsZaiqing Yu, Mario Pescante, Ser Miang Ng,Thomas BachMembersGerhard Heiberg, Denis Oswald, René Fasel, Mario Vázquez Raña, FrankFredericks, Nawal El Moutawakel,Richard L. Carrión, Craig Reedie,John Coates, Sam RamsamyOLYMPIC REVIEWCommunications DirectorMark AdamsEditor-in-Chief Kathleen Di GiacomoFrench EditionAurélie Eichler Spanish Edition Dolores VázquezProduction Agency Touchline Production Editor Andy TongueArt Editor John Paul YettonSub Editors Rob Furber, Sylvie Venet-TupyTranslation Denis Echard, LauraNadal Obrador,Ros Schwartz ISSN: 0251-3498Printed in the UKIMAGESCover Image Song ZhenpingInside TOPL; Getty Images; AFP; Corbis; Reuters, SYOGOCOR CONTACTDETAILSPlease send your letters to: Olympic Review, IOCDepartment of Communications,Château de Vidy, 1007Lausanne, Switzerland. website:, email: olympicreview@olympic.orgtel +41 (0)21 621 6111fax +41 (0)21 621 6356Olympic Review uses PEFC-certified paper stocksourced from sustainablemanaged forests.Olympic Review is published by the International OlympicCommittee.The articles published in Olympic Review do not necessarily reflect theopinion of the InternationalOlympic Committee. No articles may be reproducedwithout the permission of the IOC Department ofCommunications.ALAN HARRISAlan Harris, a 23-year-old from Barbados, wasone of 29 IOC Young Reporters (YRs) whocovered the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) inSingapore. He studied sociology at the Universityof the West Indies and has a diploma incommunication studies from the InternationalSchool of Broadcasting based in Barbados. As part of our cover story he recounts hisexperiences of being a part of the first YOG. He will have another chance to sample themagic of the Games in two years time when he will be covering the London Games as part of the LOCOG team.JOANNAHUNTERStarting on page 60, Joanna Hunter takes a look at the many Olympic Games mascots that have cheered (and confused) us over the years, from Waldi back in 1972 to therecently unveiled London 2012 mascotsWenlock and Mandeville. Hunter, a freelancewriter, has written for The Times, TheInternational Herald Tribune, South ChinaMorning Post and The Sydney Morning Herald,among others. She is currently Group onlineeditor at Cedar Communications.DAVIDOWENDavid Owen is Chief Columnist Now freelancing after a 20year career on the Financial Times in Chicago,Toronto, London and Paris, Owen writesfrequently on the business and politics of theOlympic Movement. He covered the last fourFIFA World Cups, the Athens and Beijing Olympic Games and numerous other landmarkevents and tournaments around the world.