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By Georgia Grimond, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Officials were out in force, volunteers on hand and athletes arrived from all over the world to put three of Rio’s Olympic venues through their paces ahead of next year’s Games. In Deodoro, hockey and canoe slalom competitions took place, while on the other side of the city, in Barra da Tijuca, the badminton courts were in action.

The hockey games caused a flurry of excitement. Not only did the Dutch team stop by to train on the recently opened pitches en route to a game in Argentina . . .

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