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Q: How many canned profiles did NBC not use?
A: Sick of getting up-close-and-personal with every Tom, Dick and Dara? Count your blessings: According to NBC spokesman Mike McCarley, the network used only about two thirds of the 130 athlete features it prepared. Don't be surprised if in the future NBC runs its leftovers, including profiles of American runners Regina Jacobs and Inger Miller, who didn't compete in Sydney. Warns McCarley: "We never throw anything away."
Q: What happened to Olympians who were done competing in the first few days of the Games?
A: They got to stick around for the rest of the party. "Some of the athletes stayed the entire time, and some of them wanted to leave," says USOC spokesman Mike Moran. "It wasn't a problem either way." Easy for him to say: The Sydney organizing committee picked up the tab. Every Olympian received travel to and from Australia, a two-week stay in the Village and, as Moran describes it, "the best food in all of Sydney" at the all-you- can-eat, 24-hour Village dining centers.
Q: What will happen to the venues?
A: Olympic Stadium will be downsized slightly, from 110,000 seats to a cozier 80,000. Other sites won't be so lucky: The dismantling of the 10,000-capacity volleyball stadium at Bondi Beach (top), which cost $17 million to build, began four days before the closing ceremonies. The baseball stadium will survive but will see more bull than ball at its next major event, the annual Royal Easter Show, which includes a parade of Oz's finest livestock.
Q: Where will the Olympics be in 2008?
A: Those Games are Beijing's to lose. China, which lost out to Sydney in the bidding for 2000, did everything right this year, from cracking down on drug offenders to making athletes and officials more accessible to the press. But if something—more drug scandals, violent political protest—scuttles Beijing's bid before next July's IOC vote, look for Paris to win, with Toronto a sleeper.
Q: Whither synchronized swimming (below)?