Summer Olympics – Video Clips of 5 Moments that We Will Never Forget

March 28, 2008

I am a HUGE fan of the Summer Olympics. I also like the Winter Olympics, but I’m not much of a skier. I guess I feel almost everyone has sprinted or ran a race and a much smaller percentage of people have tried to ski or bobsled. In my mind, these are the most amazing athletes on the planet. My favorite events are to 100m sprint, basketball, long jump, 200m sprint, 4 x 100m relay, and all the swimming and gymnastic events. I actually like just about every event, but those are the ones that come to mind.
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[Amanda Beard, Olympic Gold Medalist of the United States Swim Team. She is so hot they had to cool her down in this picture!]

Olympic Athletes are Attractive as A Byproduct of Being Fit

There is something about competition that really pushes people past the point of pain. These athletes train hard to be the best in the world at their chosen events. The majority of the events in the Olympics require speed and endurance to a certain extent. About 90% of the events require an amazing level of cardiovascular fitness. Some of these events are borderline insane! Have you ever tried to run a mile in under 6 minutes? It makes me hurt all over. These guys do it in 3 minutes and 45 seconds!

What We Can Learn from These Olympic Athletes

Have you ever really though about the idea of “peak moments”? A peak moment is working hard and dedicating yourself 100% to achieving something extraordinary. Take a guy who runs the 100m sprint. He dedicates his entire life to something that lasts less than 10 seconds! A peak moment is a major highlight in your life. Maybe it is when you got married…or when your child is born. Possibly it is when your first book is published, or when you take your company public. The idea is that your life maybe only has a few peak moments. The Olympics really remind me to work hard at my dreams to make these moments special.

Here are 5 Clips of Amazing Olympic Moments

As a US citizen, I know that my perspectives are going to be completely different than people in other parts of the world. Of course I cheer for my country, but I do recognize greatness from all over the world. Here are 5 of my favorite Olympic clips.

Summer of 1936 Jessie Owens Proves Hitler Wrong…4 times!

[Obviously I’m not old enough to have seen this, but I have seen clips of this historic event. You have to watch this clip…it is outstanding!]

Nadia Comaneci of Romania…Greatest Gymnast of All Time!

[Before 1976, no male or female had ever received a perfect score in any Olympic gymnastics event. Then Nadia Comaneci comes along and shows us perfection. This video kind of gives me chills, because it shows her working hard to achieve her dream. She will go down in the history books as one of the best ever at her sport…what an inspiration!]

Muhammad Ali Lighting the Torch in Altanta Olympics 1996

[I remember watching this clip with my dad and he had tears in his eyes. I was tough and held it in, but I had chills. This was a really special Olympic moment that I will always remember.]

Bob Beamon’s “Leap of the Century” in 1968 Mexico City

[This was a world record jump that people thought would never be broken. It held for over two decades. He obliterated the world record by 2 feet. The measuring equipment didn’t even go far enough to measure his jump…they had to bring in an extra tape measure!]

Abebe Bikila of Ethiopia Wins the Olympic Marathon, Running Barefoot! 1960 Summer Olympic Games in Rome.

[He had only run the race 3 times before the 1960 Olympic games. He won again in 1964…the first person to win gold back-to-back in the Olympic games.]

I’m Excited to See the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing!

Every four years there are at least a dozen memorable events in the Summer Olympics. I’m a complete junkie…I will stay up late and try my best to see these events live as they happen. I love the pure joy of watching the athletes on the podium get tears as they play their country’s national anthem. I get chills almost every time. I can’t wait!

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shane#1 March 28, 2008 at 7:24 am

rusty ,
ive made up my mind.
you are hands down the coolest guy i know!!!!those pics you post are by far the hottest girls ive seen,not in a sluty way either.100%class.and it works everytime i read your posts i always take a sec to look at those crazy hot pics and believe it or not it makes me workout that much harder,,,hmmmmm.anyway it even helps my wife shes always saying she needs legs like that or a stomach like keep up the good work “YOU ARE A TRUE GURU NOW”

Hulbs March 28, 2008 at 8:09 am

Nice topic for a post Rusty!

I’m also a Summer Olympic Games junkie, and have been since LA in 84 when I was 10. I still remember getting out of bed around 4am to watch boxing, swimming, weight lifting etc etc!

I was lucky enough to work at the Sydney 2000 Games as part of the visiting Romanian Presidents Diplomatic Protection team. I got VIP views of some great events including the Athletics finals the night our Kathy Freeman won the 400m final! I was also lucky enough to briefly meet Nadia Comaneci who meet with the Romanian president at the Gymnastics. I remember thinking how great she looked at the time some 24 years after her perfect 10’s!

I’m getting excited for the Beijing games now as our Swimming Olympic Trials are on this week and our swimmers are kicking butt! Although you guys will be hard to beat as always.

One of our top female swimmers Libby Tricket (formerly Lenton) just smashed the women’s 100m freestyle world record by alomst 1/2 a second to be 1st ever to go under 53 sec. And we have an awesome male sprinter Eamon Sullivan who just broke the 50m freestyle world record and went within 0.02 of the 100m world record.

But unfortunately no more Thorpe for us hard to see Michael Phelps not getting a swag of gold for you guys!

Bring it on!


Helder March 28, 2008 at 9:46 am

I love olympics too, i think the olympics are also a big inspiration for all of us to achieve goals, to overcome difficulties, it’s an amazing combination of inspiration, spectacularity, fitness, beauty. It’s hard to describe, i just love it, specially athletics, gymnastics and swimming, but this time i have to add a sad note, Tibete, an occupied country, opressed by the chinese government, i don’t like to mix sports and politics, but i have to talk about the cruelty of the chinese regime, the lack of respect for human rights, the lack of freedom, both in China and Tibete, i believe that the world can’t just sit back and enjoy the olympics without doing nothing, the public opinion pressure is a strong weapon to damage regimes like the chinese and make them fall. I have an example that was close to me, for years Portugal struggled in the UN to get Indonesia out of East Timor, at the time Indonesia wasn’t a free country, but nothing changed until the world see television images of brutal murder of civilians by the indonesian militaries. Those images chocked the world and the politicians of the more powerfull countries were “forced” to act, and that’s how things changed, public opinion pressure.

Jennifer March 28, 2008 at 12:14 pm

Amanda is hot! I read an interview where she discusses her training. She swims for 4 hours a day, runs 3 times a week, lifts 3 times a week and does push-ups and sit-ups everyday. Thanks to Rusty my body is looking sexy, but I have to admit I don’t workout nearly as much as an athlete!

Brad March 28, 2008 at 7:31 pm

Wow, Shane is right. I was thinking the same thing before I even read his post. That picture is unreal. And it honestly does make me keep working hard at achieving my goal of a lean body. I want to feel like I can date girls like that, if I’m not in great shape I don’t even consider approaching someone like that. When I’m lean and toned all over, I have no problem approaching someone like that. I love the olympics to but all I can think about is that picture! Not in a nasty way, but a way that keeps me plugging away. Great motivation!

Sandy March 28, 2008 at 10:51 pm

I love the Olympics too. Of course, Im not looking at the pics the way you guys are but it does make me want to work harder than ever to LOOK LIKE THAT! (:

admin March 29, 2008 at 12:35 am


Thanks a bunch…you know the pics I use aren’t 100% classy! They are 90% classy, with a dash of tackiness (10%)! I could post boring shots of guys in cut tanks tops with grimaces on their face, lifting “hardcore style”… but I pride myself on keeping the blog sexy. I just want to make the internet a more beautiful place. I’m just thinking about your future children and their children, and their children’s children, etc…See, I’m not shallow at all!

Okay Hulbs,

Since I have so many readers from OZ, I’ll throw in a video of the amazing Australian swim team. This was the most memorable moment of the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney Australia.

The 4 x100 Freestyle with Ian Thorpe as the Anchor!

[The tension leading up to this race was unreal! Watch it again and feel the energy…These guys simply refused to be defeated!]


The Olympics brings the world together to a certain extent. Growing up in the 70’s and 80’s during the Cold War I remember seeing the athletes from the USSR. When they won, they celebrated just like our athletes in the US. When their national anthem was played, they cried. At a young age it made me realize that they were just like us.


You created your sexy body, but I’ll take credit 🙂 None of us work out as hard as these athletes. Most of these athletes do more in a day than many of us do in a week. I can’t imagine what that would feel like!


I’m sure nobody would mind if you ended up looking like that. You would feel like you earned a gold medal every time you went to the beach!


Jason March 29, 2008 at 9:11 am


Hey man I am 2 lbs away from my goal. I had question once I reach my goal how long should I go before rewarding myself and cheat? I ve. Been going two months now without cheating cuz I figure I’ll get there faster of I dont. So would you go ten days, two weeks after I hit my goal. What’s ur take


AFDerrick March 29, 2008 at 9:33 am

Alright Rusty, from reading your site you’ve taught me to question what mainstream body building says, and so now I question you. 🙂 I still like your site and will still continue to come, I just more have a question. You say in order to get lean muscle mass to lift but not lift to failure and here is where my question comes in. In order to build muscle (and in this I mean mass/size) you have to workout to failure AND eat 3500 – 4000 calories a day (I made up a number). Now I’m 255 pounds, so if I eat 1800 calories/day I will lose weight based on 10calories/pound rule. If I workout to failure when lifting since i am also not eating enough calories to put on pounds, won’t I continue to lose weight and get my body down to a lean low body fat?

So to sum up my thoughts (I want to make sure that I am making sense) if you want to put on mass you eat a lot of calories, if you want to lose weight you eat few calories. Does it really matter how you lift weights as long as your calorie count / diet are inline with what your goals are?

Helder March 29, 2008 at 9:45 am

I know what you mean Rusty and i agree, just to make sure everyone understands what i meant, i’m not against this olympics in China, and i’m not against the chinese people, i don’t mix people with the regime, the chinese people also suffer, i’m against the chinese regime and against the occupation of an independent country that is Tibete. What i meant is that we should also use the olympic event to put pressure in the chinese regime, to get the atention of the world to the bad things happening. About the rest i agree, olympics can unite and inspire people.

Sandy March 29, 2008 at 6:08 pm

Yea I am aiming to look like that. (: I wouldnt complain!

Hulbs March 30, 2008 at 6:07 pm

Thanks Rusty,

That brought back some great memories of 2000! I had goosebumps and a lump in my throat watching that again despite having watched it so many times before. Great sound track to have it palyed against.
Awesome race that one with so many lead changes, Klim was always a real team man and most of his best swims were in relays and Thorpy what can i say . . . . .

btw i thought Amanda Beard was the hottest female swimmer i’d ever seen the first time i saw her! nice photo. nothing against our girls but IMO the us swim team seems to usually have the hottest female swimmers!


admin March 30, 2008 at 9:33 pm


I have a decent article about that…

Avoid Fat Loss Plateaus by Taking Strategic Breaks from Dieting

I would probably wait until you have been at your target weight for a week or two before going into maintenance mode.


You have a good point, but the body is a little more complicated than that. It is actually possible to lose body fat and gain mass at the same time. If you really work the muscles hard and damage the muscles, get a pump, etc…the meals you do eat can go toward building mass. Even if you don’t gain much mass from this rep range, it does created a slightly “puffy” muscle look vs the hard dense muscles of the lower rep ranges. All that being said…staying in a good calorie deficit is the way to go if you want to get lean.


The US has attractive female swimmers, but Brazil and a few other countries have amazing looking beach volleyball players. That 4 x 100 was incredible! I still think Thorpe did an amazing job, because the lead that was built up in the beginning of the race was lost by the time he hit the water.

Have a great one!


Dangeruss March 31, 2008 at 4:53 pm

I love the Olympics and if I didn’t have a job I would stay up 24 hours and watch all the events I could. I always wanted to be an Olympic swimmer ever since I was a on a swim team as a kid. I was on a swim team from the ages of 5-11 and was one of the fastest in my age group in the Butterfly in the state. I would have kept with it but I moved when i was 11 and never got back into it and I’ve kicked myself ever since. I want to find a good place to swim in my area but cant seem to find any.

The question I have right now tho is how should I be eating for strength. Right now getting stronger is more important to me than being at a really low bf%. For the past several months I have been working to reach a low bf% and I am around 10% right now. I still have a lil bit of fat covering by bottom abs but I’m not too worried about it. I plan on joining the Navy SEALs in two years, after I finish college, so I am trying to get as strong as possible before then, I have been doing extra pullups and push ups. What is a good calorie range for strength training and what other kinds of workouts would you recommend? Should I concentrate on doing a lot of compound movements like squats, deadlifts, power cleans, and shoulder press, or what?

admin April 1, 2008 at 3:15 am


I have spoken with a few guys who tried out for Navy Seals. Definitely concentrate hard on bodyweight exercises! Also…the cardio they do is brutal. You should basically be able to run for many miles without dying. Obviously you have to be proficient in swimming. You basically have to reach peak perfection to do what it takes to make it in the Navy SEALs.

If I was going to make it into the Seals I would probably just focus on compounds and bodyweight exercises. Deadlifts are going to translate much better to “real world” movements than squats do.

Pavel Tsatsouline, former Soviet Special Operations instructor, is a huge believer in deadlifts. He believes in doing just two work sets of 5 reps, but doing them many times per week. The low volume builds strength without too much size. Make sure you do them without lifting straps (especially since you will need gripping strength for pullups and climbing rope, etc.).

If it was me, I would go super basic:

Monday: Deads, Chinups, Power Cleans from Dead Hang (not from floor), Standing Barbell Curls…Run outside or on the treadmill for 30-40 minutes

Tuesday: Standing Barbell Military Presses, Dips, Bench Press, Pushups…swim

Wednesday: Circuit training or Interval Training…run stairs or do a bunch of compounds movements with as little rest as possible in between. Go to a track and sprint for 100 meters, walk the next 100 meters, sprint the next 100 meters, etc. Just do something that is going to kick your butt and make you short of breath. Aim for the HGH flush…learn how to overcome pain and push yourself. You know this is going to happen during Navy Seals Training! Also do a bunch of situp variations. I’m not a big fan of situps, but I know the military tests for sit-up ability.

Thursday: Same as Monday
Friday: Same as Tuesday

The weekend…pick either Saturday of Sunday and run 5-8 miles on pavement. You have to get used to this, because this is where a lot of people have a tough time in training.

Eating…this is so individual. You are really worried about pure function and not how your physique looks. You need to get good at lifting your own body weight, so as long as you can do that don’t worry too much about body fat percentage. Eat moderate carbs, because your main focus is on performance. I would still recommend going into your lifting routine in a fasted state, because this will raise your HGH levels…which in turn will burn off excess body fat.

So my answer is, as long as your strength to bodyweight ratio is improving week to week…you are eating the right amount. Eat too much and your weight will go up faster than your strength…eat too little and you won’t have enough energy to workout hard enough to gain strength.

Get strong at the basics, become a pullup and pushup master, and have the ability to run and swim long distances…and you will have a very solid chance of becoming a Navy Seal. I would avoid any type of machine lifts for a while. Also…you obviously need to mix this up over time.


Eleni April 1, 2008 at 10:21 am

Hey Rusty! I love the olympics also. could be ingrained in me because i am greek. anyway, i have a habit of doing a lot of cardio. i do the circuit training and hiit 3 days and i do steady state cardio for up to an hour and a half. usually it’s an hour in the morning and a half hour in the afternoon.

am i overexercising? i want to lose fat and just a few pounds. if i m overexercising, how do those athletes not overexercising when they surely have to train so much? i actually like to do cardio but i don’t want to burn protein. i’ve been researching catabolic state and from what i read your body burns glycogen the first 20 minutes then goes to protein the next easiest source of energy.

final question: would it b better for me to split up my cardio into 3 half hour sessions on my days off from circuits/HIIT.

thank you so much! love the website. i recommend it to anyone who is serious about fitness!!


Mike April 1, 2008 at 12:24 pm

I end up checking this site about every day cause ther is so much to learn not only from the articles but from the comments you respond to. So I have 2 questsions? 1) what do you feel about pre-workout and during workout drinks. I don’t eat anything for about 4 hrs before working out but I drink alittle protien powder before and sometimes during working out. Is this beneficial in preserving mass while still aiming to get lean? and 2) the warrior diet says eat at night after you work out but if you work out in the mornings (I lift here at work in the am cause it saves me 30-45 min from sitting in traffic and do cardio in the pm) would i have the 4 hr over eating period after i work out?
Also your tip about doing 2-3 lifting exercises after you do HIIT was amazing!!! I was liftings weights that I normally struggle with easily. It’s soemthing so simple to remember but so effective, like alot of the tips here.

Eleni April 1, 2008 at 2:03 pm

By the way the hour and half cardio is not on the same day as HIIT and circuit train! I needed to clarify

Melissa April 1, 2008 at 8:38 pm

Hey Rusty, just wanted to say keep up the good work! I’ve lost around ten pounds in two months and I’m still working at it. Finding your blog really inspired me and the tips I’m following are really helping! Just one question: Every once in a while I give myself a little break, go out drinking, eat some unhealthy foods in moderation and when it’s time to get back on track I often find difficulty getting back into the groove. So how do you keep yourself motivated to keep looking at the bigger picture and achieving your goals?

Thanks for any advice, and looove what you have going on here!

Matt April 2, 2008 at 3:18 pm


Great post as always! I’m so pumped to see the summer olympics now. I never really thought about how all those athletes already have that “hollywood-body-look” from all that training. Last time I seriously watched the summer olympics I was 12 watching the ’96 womens gymnastic team. I had the biggest crush on Dominique Moceanu!


AFDerrick April 2, 2008 at 4:34 pm

Alright Rusty, again I appreciate all the smartness and help you give all of us loyal minions. Anyway, on to my question. Currently my workout sits like this: I life weights in the morning (low rep 5reps*10sets / muscle) then I do HIIT. Then I go to work and come back to the gym in the afternoon for more steady state cardio, I also do my abs, and I’m going to start doing pull ups as well I think. My question is, I bring a sandwich & fruit to work with me and have protein powder to make a shake. Should I eat the sandwich as breakfast and the protein shake for lunch so my second workout is also on an empty stomach or should I drink the shake right after working out so my body can absorb more of the protein and have the sandwich for lunch? I’m more interested in losing weight than gaining muscle right now. Even though I’m lifting everyday, I am not increasing the amount of weight currently so I don’t get too big. I’m large framed so I can get body builder size without much effort (unfortunately).

hawk-eye April 2, 2008 at 5:33 pm

hello rusty!

a question, sir…what is your opinion regarding explosive movements like burpees, frog jumps, and other plyometric movements which involve lots of squatting and jumping…i play a lot of basketball and some of this stuff has really made me much more explosive, it’s just that in a lot of your posts you seem diametrically opposed to the squat motion, though you’re sentiments pertain to heavy weight bearing squats which certainly do add an ugly bulk to the legs and overall physique (in my opinion) i’m super lean (around 3% bf year round) and my legs are pretty long at 6’2, so i haven’t noticed any unwanted size in my leg, hip or butt regions, just wanted your opinion on the matter.

also, congradulations on the popularity the site has amassed! i’ve been a reader for about five months, and have really enjoyed your unique insight as well as the frequent intervals of humor in all of your posts.


admin April 2, 2008 at 9:37 pm


You can do a lot cardio like you mentioned without worrying too much about losing muscle mass. The Olympic Athletes are a great example of this. I think you are more likely to overtrain if you workout too many times in the same day. It isn’t a big deal going up to an hour and a half all at once. You will still burn body fat without losing muscle. If you are really worried about it just drink a protein shake right after your workout and a meal one hour later.


Don’t eat anything before or during your workout to preserve mass. When you lift on an an empty stomach your body will respond by a larger output of HGH…this will not only help you maintain muscle, it will help you burn fat. What you may want to do is drink a protein shake right after your workout…fast the rest of the day and eat a meal at night after your cardio. This will work very well for you. That tip of lifting a few focused lifts after HIIT, has been working like a charm for me as well. Good stuff!


Thanks for the compliments…I love doing this. As far as drinking and eating junk food and falling off the bandwagon…I guess I view it as a natural way to make sure your metabolism doesn’t slow down to a crawl. Reaching your fat loss goals is about taking 3 steps forward and 2 steps back at times. Over the long term you will reach where you need to be…it rarely is the case that you will continue to lose without gaining a bit back from time to time. To stay motivated, try this. Put on your swimsuit sometime when you are at home and wear it for 3-4 hours while you are on the internet or watching TV. You will quickly get disciplined if you still have a ways to go,


Yeah…I can’t wait! They have a few new track stars that are out of this world fast.


Yeah…eat the sandwich as your first meal and the shake a little later. This will make your evening workout much more effective. Great idea for sure. You will transform your body quickly with the workout you described. I’m feel a little bit like a slacker when I read your routine. Great job buddy!


I love any type of explosive plyometric jumping type movements for the legs. They don’t build mass at all. In fact, I’m not even against jumping squats or power clean or anything of that nature. Explosive ballistic movements harden up and tone the body like crazy. When I was a high jumper back in school, my legs were ripped and not big at all. Same with other high fliers like NBA players. Their legs are defined as hell without being bulky.

That is amazing that you stay at 3% body fat year round! Very cool…stay lean and don’t fall into the trap of trying to get big. I see young guys who ruin their physiques trying to get big like the older pudgy personal trainers in the gym. It should be a crime! Also…thanks for the compliment. The first three months of this site was slow going as far as visitors and comments, but now it is insane. I decided to be myself and add a “bit of color” to a topic that many people write about. so many sites bore the hell out of me…that is the last thing I want to do. I’d rather piss someone off then have them get bored. Keep reading…I really appreciate it!

Great comments everyone!


AFDerrick April 3, 2008 at 8:55 am

Rusty, I guess I just realized your site hasn’t been around for that long, I love the site and I’ve probably told many people around work and online about this site when they ask me anything about fitness.

As far as my workout routine goes, I have a LONG way to go, and being in the military it also allows me to take out of work a little early each day to go to the gym, and sometimes I come in a little late, but not too bad.

Matt, I must say I also had the biggest crush on Dominique. She was so good looking.

Mike April 3, 2008 at 9:41 am

Awesome, thanks for the help I appreciate. I’ll try it otu and let you know how it goes. Also I read you post about caffeine and fat loss and thought it was really interesting. I have one random question. When you did your research for that did you find information that said anything about taurine having any effects on fat loss? I ask because I’m not much of a coffee fan and alot of the sugar free energy drinks that contain caffeine also have about 1000 mg’s of taurine in them. I know taurine is used to boost energy levels but was curious if it contributed to fat loss at all.

admin April 3, 2008 at 5:09 pm


Thanks a bunch for the referrals! I respect the heck out of men and women in the military…especially their fitness levels. I really like the emphasis that the military puts on functional strength and cardio. To me, fit soldiers have much better looking physiques than most of the men and women in fitness magazines. Sure…the people in the magazines get ripped for a magazine shoot and they get tan with the ideal lighting , etc…I just think military personnel look better day-to-day.


Taurine is a great way to insure high Nitric Oxide production. This is a way to deliver more blood to the muscles and increases “the pump” during a bodybuilding workout. It is a great supplement for bodybuilders, but isn’t as beneficial to others just trying to get slim and lean. I would recommend that you save your money.


Eleni April 3, 2008 at 6:03 pm

Now that’s advice i can follow!

If u were to recommend a schedule for someone just trying to lose a few pounds but really lower body fat, u think circuit training 30 mins, HIIT 30 mins and steady state 10 mins, m, w, f alternated with steady state cardio 1.5 hours t, th, sat will b ok?

i’d like to b in the best shape of my life (after having 2 kids) by this summer…hence the desperation in my questions…haha! thanks!

admin April 4, 2008 at 7:42 pm


If you did circuits followed by HIIT, fat will not have a chance. Seriously, you will burn off every little bit of fat. The steady state cardio on the other days will make this workout even more intense. Do this workout, but skip that Saturday session every now and then. Maybe you would do just every other Saturday. It just seems like a lot of exercise!


d r August 12, 2008 at 5:47 pm

there was a year when this guy participated in the Olympics. He did swimming. He came dead last. I mean, after EVERYONE had finished, he’d still had laps to go. Apparently he hailed from a country that wasn’t very developed. The documentary i had seen said when he got there and saw the pool he was shocked as he had never seen anything so big before.

I wonder if you could tell me what the name of the guy was.

Jake October 6, 2008 at 9:15 pm

To Dangeruss

hey man, my dad’s an ex army Delta guy who know some SEAL friends and they say that to go threw the Hellweek ( 5 nights non stop continuous training) its almost 90% mental work and 10% body work so SEALs require more of mental then phsyical toughness.

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