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Olympic Branding: Coke is the Champion There

Olympic Branding: Coke is the Champion There | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

Coke is unveiling a series of six Olympic-themed soda cans over the course of the summer. One of the six features a different sport--unfortunately equestrian didn't make Coke's top six sports. But the graphics should be easy to spot! Watch for them to roll out over the course of the summer.


As part of its "Cheer on Team USA" Olympic promotion, you can submit a photo of yourself cheering and possibly appear on the Coke billboard in New York's Times Square.


Meanwhile, Coke is still helping to save the polar bears in the Arctic and its founder, @DocPemberton is now on Twitter!

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Olympic Dressage: Hayley Beresford Loses Appeal Over Not Making Australian Olympic Team | 

Olympic Dressage: Hayley Beresford Loses Appeal Over Not Making Australian Olympic Team |  | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

SYDNEY. June 26–Hayley Beresford, based in Germany, has lost her appeal over not being selected for the Australian team to compete at the London Olympics opening a month from now.


Hayley rode the stallion Belissimo NRW in both the Grand Prix and Olympic Grand Prix Special at each of the Australian selection trials, both of which were held at Mannheim, Germany, and Compiègne, France, to select the team for the dressage competition at Greenwich Park starting on Aug. 2.


She rode the Lusitano stallion Relãmpago do Retiro for Australia at the 2008 Oympics and the 2010 World Equestrian Games.


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Olympic Eventing: Johnstone's Kiwi Olympic equestrian hopes in balance | Stuff Sport NZ

Olympic Eventing: Johnstone's Kiwi Olympic equestrian hopes in balance | Stuff Sport NZ | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

"You could forgive Clarke Johnstone for a few sleepless nights this week.


"The England-based eventer is almost guaranteed to be among the five names read out when the Kiwi Olympic eventing team is announced on Tuesday, but first his top horse, Orient Express, will have to get through the three-star Barbary Castle Horse Trials, in Wiltshire, unscathed.


"It's officially the final selection event for the New Zealanders but Johnstone, originally from Outram before moving to Waikato three years ago and then Gloucestershire last year with five horses to prepare for London, will be more concerned about his Olympic hope getting through the three phases without injury."


@franjurga writes: I remember when Clarke moved from New Zealand to England, horses in hand. He had only one goal: to ride at the Olympics, and he knew he'd need to be in the epicenter of eventing to impress the team selectors.


And now he's down to one horse. There's one more test, this weekend's Barbary Castle Horse Trials in Wiltshire, England.


When New Zealand announces its eventing team next week, the equestrian sport world will stop to listen. And well it should: the tiny nation has enough talent to easily fill two teams--and medal with them both.

 

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Olympic Dressage: Spanish Team Selected for London (including Fuego) | via eurodressage

Olympic Dressage: Spanish Team Selected for London (including Fuego) | via eurodressage | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

The Spanish Equestrian Federation (RFHE) announced today the riders which will represent Spain at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Great Britain, on 2 - 9 August 2012....(click on the headline to go to the Eurodressage report)


@FranJurga writes: Three familiar names on the Spanish team. Veteran Beatriz Ferraro-Salat, Kentucky WEG hero Juan Manuel Munoz Diaz with the charasmatic piaffe-machine known as Fuego, and--surprise!--Morgan Barbancon with Anky van Grunsven's former mount, Painted Black.


Interesting to note that both Beatriz and Morgan will be on warmbloods this time, while Juan Manuel will carry the banner for the Iberian breeds with Fuego, who is a PRE stallion.


I can't wait to see Fuego again!


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Fuego photo by Mrs Max shared from Fran Jurga's Hoof Blog--he wears interesting shoes!


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Olympic Eventing: China's Alex Hua Tian Hopes for a Place at the Games (video) | Eventing Nation

Olympic Eventing: China's Alex Hua Tian Hopes for a Place at the Games (video) | Eventing Nation | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

"Eventer Alex Hua Tian burst onto the international eventing scene four years ago when he was the youngest ever Olympic Equestrian, and the sole Chinese Equestrian at the Beijing Olympics..."


Click on the top headline to go this article, 
which is on Samantha Clark's blog on the Eventing Nation website.


@FranJurga writes: Samantha Clark points her camera at one of the most well-spoken and poised event riders in the world--of any age. China's Alex Hua Tian's name is still on the waiting list for the London Games--will we see him there?


Alex's horse, Irish Fiddle, is even more international than he is, by the way. He's an Irish Sport Horse, bred in Australia by my friend Vanessa Hawkins ESB Sport Horses in Victoria, trained by a rider now living in America, and will hopefully show up in London ridden by a Chinese equestrian. 


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Olympic Nation Update: France narrrows field of horses and riders for London

Olympic Nation Update: France narrrows field of horses and riders for London | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

France has selected the following athlete/horse combinations for the Olympics Games, pending the final declation on July 9.


Jumping

Patrice Delaveau - Orient Express* HDC
Simon Delestre - Napoli du Ry
Olivier Guillon - Lord de Theize
Penelope Leprevost - Mylord Carthago* HN or Topinambour
Kevin Staut - Silvana*HDC


Alternates
Eugénie Angot - Old Chap Tame
Roger-Yves Bost - Nippon d'Elle
Jérôme Hurel - Ohm de Ponthual


Eventing

Lionel Guyon - Nemetis de Lalou
Aurélien Kahn - Cadiz
Denis Mesples - Oregon de la Vigne
Donatien Schauly - Ocarina du Chanois* MILI or Pivoine des Touches
Nicolas Touzaint - Hildago de l'Ile or Neptune de Sartene


Alternates
Stanislas De Zuchowicz - Quirinal de la Bastide* ENE-HN
Karim Laghouag - Punch de l'Esques
Eddy Sans - Mayland de Brunel


Dressage
Jessica Michel - Riwera de Hus


Alternates
Arnaud Serre - Helio II
Pierre Subileau - Talitie


Photo: Penelope Leprevost - Mylord Carthago*HN, (Ph. Scoopdyga)


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Olympic Humor: BBC America’s Twenty Twelve Show Premieres Thursday – Fran Jurga's Discover LEQ Blog

Olympic Humor: BBC America’s Twenty Twelve Show Premieres Thursday – Fran Jurga's Discover LEQ Blog | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

@Fran Jurga on BBC AMERICA's new Twenty Twelve "mockumentary", about six mismatched London Olympics planners, led by Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey): 


As BBC AMERICA warms up for next month’s Olympics, the actors and creators of some of Britain’s most iconic comedies–including Absolutely Fabulous and The Office–bring us a new tongue-in-cheek parody, Twenty Twelve, which follows a team of bumbling professionals charged with delivering the biggest show on earth: the London Olympics. And it's "all good".


Plan to watch the show Thursday night at 9 p.m. ET!


Click on the top headline to go this article, on Fran Jurga's Discover London Equestrian Olympics blog.


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Olympic Eventing: Thomas's resignation hightlights Locog's sloppy consideration of equestrian tradition – Telegraph Blogs

Olympic Eventing: Thomas's resignation hightlights Locog's sloppy consideration of equestrian tradition – Telegraph Blogs | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

"It’s no surprise that news of Hugh Thomas’s resignation as an official at Greenwich Park, in protest at the public lock-out at horse inspections, went viral."


Click on the top headline to go this article,
which is on Pippa Cuckson's blog on the Telegraph (London) website.


@FranJurga writes: Here's the background story on why the horse inspection's public audience is of concern before and during the eventing competition at the London 2012 Olympic Games in Greenwich Park.


Badminton director Hugh Thomas has fought this battle before. The FEI has changed the rule, guaranteeing public viewing. So what's the problem? Pippa wil explain.


Photo of the final vet inspection at Badminton is by Kit Houghton, and courtesy of the Badminton Horse Trials.


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Olympic Dressage: Netherlands' Anky Van Grunsven May Set Dutch Record with Seven Olympic Games | Horsus.nl

Olympic Dressage: Netherlands' Anky Van Grunsven May Set Dutch Record with Seven Olympic Games | Horsus.nl | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

"If Dutch Anky van Grunsven enters the ring at the coming Olympic Games in London, she will set a new record: she will be the first Dutch athlete who praticipates at the Olympics seven times.


Van Grunsven has won three individual medals at the Olympics, two times silver and she won four silver team medals."


Click on the top headline to read this article on the Horsus.nl site.


@franjurga writes: Congratulations to Anky who just had a great weekend at CHIO Rotterdam and has been nominated for the Dutch team in dressage along with Edward Gal and (provisionally, based on evaluation next week) Adelinde Cornelissen. The fourth team member will be named at a later date.


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Olympic Dressage: Matthias Rath + Totilas Withdrawn from 2012 CDIO Aachen | eurodressage

Olympic Dressage: Matthias Rath + Totilas Withdrawn from 2012 CDIO Aachen | eurodressage | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

Germany's Matthias Rath and the Dutch warmblood stallion Totilas will not be competing at the 2012 CDIO Aachen on 4 - 8 July 2012. This competition is required for selection for the final German Olympic dressage team--under normal procedures. 


Click on the headline to go to the story on Eurodressage.com. 


This news item is part of Olympic equestrian news curated by @FranJurga. Much more news and video will be provided on the new blog: http://www.discoverhorses.com/discover-leq-blog


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OLYMPIC EVENTING: TEAM GB'S PIGGY FRENCH OPTS FOR TOPPER IN LONDON | Sporting Life

OLYMPIC EVENTING: TEAM GB'S PIGGY FRENCH OPTS FOR TOPPER IN LONDON | Sporting Life | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

"Piggy French will ride her Olympic Test event winner DHI Topper W at London 2012.


...it has now been confirmed that French will be aboard Topper, rather than Jakata, the horse on which she finished runner-up behind New Zealander Mark Todd at Badminton last year."


Click on the headline to read the full story about Piggy's choice of horses on SportingLife.com. The comprehensive article also has details on the two other British equestrian teams.


@FranJurga writes: Piggy French will ride in her first Olympics at London, but she will be one of the favored riders to win. She won the international test event in Greenwich Park last year and has the advantage of two star horses in her stable.


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Olympic Equestrian: Greenwich Park's main arena | Nigel Swinbank via Twitter

Olympic Equestrian: Greenwich Park's main arena | Nigel Swinbank via Twitter | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

@FranJurga writes: Nigel Swinbank tweeted this great photo of the construction at London's Greenwich Park. This will be the arena for the equestrian events at the London 2012 Olympics.


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Olympic Culture: Saudi women allowed into Olympics | BBC News

Olympic Culture: Saudi women allowed into Olympics | BBC News | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it
Saudi Arabia is to allow its women athletes to compete in the Olympics for the first time ever, a statement by the country's London embassy says.


(Click on the headline to go to the BBC story; photo courtesy of the FEI and The Jurga Report)


@FranJurga writes: Why this matters: The talented Dalma Rushdi Malhas may now be eligible for the Saudi showjumping squad at London this summer. This will be a very big news story to follow.


Dalma was featured on The Jurga Report in March of this year: Saudi Arabia’s Young Show Jumper Has Made History–But Will She Make the Team? (Click to read that story)


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OLYMPIC FRIES-WITH-THAT: World's Largest McDonald's At The London Olympics | Huffington Post

OLYMPIC FRIES-WITH-THAT: World's Largest McDonald's At The London Olympics | Huffington Post | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it
Remember when we told you that the world's largest McDonald's is headed to London for the 2012 Olympics? Construction is done and final preparations nearly complete.


@franjurga writes: Today is opening day in London for this odd statement to the antithesis of athleticism. McDonald's is building a temporary flagship that will collapse like a house of french fries when the Games are done.


Maybe the super-sized Olympic McDonald's will have a special healthy menu?


Don't count on, but do have a look at the slide show for how this building is constructed. And PS: It requires a staff of 500 employees.


"You want fries with that medal?"


Click on the top headline to go this article on the Huffington Post web site.


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Olympic Eventing: Mark Phillips claims no credit for daughter Zara at London | BBC Sport

Olympic Eventing: Mark Phillips claims no credit for daughter Zara at London | BBC Sport | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

Former British eventing gold medallist Mark Phillips insists he will not deserve credit for any success his daughter Zara may have at the Olympics.


"When she first won the Europeans and the worlds I was much more involved than I am now," her gold-medallist father told BBC Gloucestershire.


"The Brits have a great backup organisation and Yogi Breisner is a super coach - that's where she gets most of her strength from."


@franjurga writes: For those who might not know, Captain Phillips is coach of the US eventing team, although he will be stepping down after London. 


He is in the mixed-emotion position of coaching a team to beat his own daughter. Or, coaching his daughter to beat the team he's paid to coach. 


Zara was the individual world champion of eventing in 2006. Her mother, also known as Princess Anne, rode the 1976 Montreal Olympics.


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Olympic Eventing: New Zealand Riders Have One Last Chance to Impress Team Selectors at Barbury Castle

Olympic Eventing: New Zealand Riders Have One Last Chance to Impress Team Selectors at Barbury Castle | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

Courtesy of Diana Dobson

High Performance Media Liaison


The Barbury Castle International Horse Trials in the UK this weekend are the last chance for any would-be Olympians to impress the New Zealand eventing selectors.


Twelve New Zealand combinations are entered including Mark Todd, Clarke Johnstone, Andrew Nicholson, Jonathan Paget and Lucy Jackson, who will be hoping they’ve already done enough to make that all-important five-strong team for the London Olympics but a strong showing this weekend can cement a place.


Johnstone has his 2010 World Champs mount Orient Express while Todd rides his preferred Olympic mount NZB Campino. Paget competes on Clifton Lush, and Nicholson has Quimbo and Avebury while Jackson has Kilcoltrim Ambassador and Animator II.


Joining them are fellow Kiwis Alice Montgomery aboard Gordon, Craig Nicoli on Just Ironic, Bruce Haskell on Kiwi Smog, Jesse Campbell on Kaapachino, and Debbie Mitchell on Waimak.


A victory by a New Zealander would create history – no Kiwi rider has ever won the main class at Barbury Castle - and the winner will pocket $NZ8,000.


Barbury Castle has a renowned cross country course, built for the inaugural event in 2005 by leading international course designer Captain Mark Phillips, who continues in that role this weekend. The fences are constructed by the Willis brothers who have built at the likes of Badminton, the Gatcombe British Open Championships and the Sydney, Barcelona and Atlanta Olympics.


The Barbury Estate, which runs 800 hectares of farmland, woodland and downland, is just outside Marlborough in Wiltshire.


The event runs from June 28 through to July 1, with dressage filling the first two days, followed by showjumping and cross country.


@FranJurga writes: There's a great summary, from the other side of the world, of what's riding this weekend at Barbury Castle. And that's just from the Kiwi point of view! Thanks to Diana for her help with this!


It will be worth getting up early to follow Twitter across the four days.

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Olympic Eventing: Hugh Thomas on His Resignation; Tempest in a London Teapot?

Olympic Eventing: Hugh Thomas on His Resignation; Tempest in a London Teapot? | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

Hugh Thomas explains to interviewer Chris Stafford the rationale for his decision for resigning from the Ad Hoc Committee for the 2012 London Olympic Games.


@franjurga writes: Is this just a tempest in a London teapot?


Most eventing fans don't think so. In fact, we'd even like to see the horse inspections televised!


Hugh Thomas is so correct when he says that this is an issue of the utmost importance to assuring the public that eventing is protecting the welfare of the horse.


Surely, at the very minimum, a video theater or web livestream could be set up to show the preliminary and final inspections as they go on?


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Pre-Olympic Fun: Hit-air Pro Bull Rider Series Pits Equestrians Against Jockeys - British Eventing and TalkingHorse.net

Pre-Olympic Fun: Hit-air Pro Bull Rider Series Pits Equestrians Against Jockeys - British Eventing and TalkingHorse.net | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

Top Event Riders, Jockeys and Show Jumpers are coming together to raise money for charity, enjoy some pre-Olympic fun and prove once and for all who has the best stickability!


The Hit-air Pro Bull rider series will be launched at Barbury International Horse Trials (UK) on 30th June (in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund).


The first leg will pitch Jockeys against Event riders on a mechanical bull!


The Jockeys are already reportedly in training and the team includes AP McCoy, Choc Thornton, Timmy Murphy and Richard Johnson.


The full Event rider line up is still under wraps but will include Oliver Townend, Laura Collett , Paul Tapner and Irish International Mike Ryan.


@FranJurga writes: I'm speechless. This sounds like fun--for a good cause, best of all. For those who don't know, Hit-Air makes an inflatable safety vest, which should be standard equipment for this event! 


Thanks to @Monty_White and talkinghorse.net for tweeting about this!


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Olympic Eventing: Tina Coudray's Ringwood Magister Has Irish Roots | MayoToday.ie

Olympic Eventing: Tina Coudray's Ringwood Magister Has Irish Roots | MayoToday.ie | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

@franjurga writes: I've been posting a series of articles from hometown newspapers who are proud of native born sons and daughters who are advancing toward representing their nations at London next month.


But this is the first one I've seen for a horse! Enjoy this proud shoutout from County Mayo in Ireland, where Team USA short-listed horse Ringwood Magister, ridden by Tiana Coudray, was bred by Adrian P. Bourke.


And proud they should be!


Click on the top headline to read the article on the Mayo Today web site.


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Olympic Dressage: Dutch Photographer Arnd Bronkhorst Shows Adelinde Cornelissen in Training

Adelinde Cornelissen has had her stables for a while now at the beautiful estate "Balkenschoten" in the Dutch town of Nijkerk.


In a series of photo shoots at her home Arnd has captured many aspects of her training and the life of Adelinde with her horses at home.


Click on the top headline to go this article,
which is on Arnd Bronkhorst's website.


@FranJurga writes: Who'd expect to see Adelinde schooling over jumps? As always, Arnd has done a super job showing us something we will surely never see with our own eyes. For years, I have seen the world of horse sports through his photos--and never been disappointed.


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Olympic Jumping: Saudi female showjumper will not ride at the Olympics - Horse & Hound

Olympic Jumping: Saudi female showjumper will not ride at the Olympics - Horse & Hound | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it
Reports that Dalmas Rushdi Malhas will ride at Greenwich are not correct as the 20-year-old has not qualified...


The body for international horse sport (FEI) and the International Olympic Commission (IOC) are likely to put out statements later today correcting reports that Saudi Arabia will send a female rider to the 2012 Olympics.


Click on the top headline to go this article, 
which is on the Horse and Hound website


@FranJurga writes: It's like waking up from a dream. Yesterday it seemed there was so much hope for Dalmas to ride at London. Today? Not so much. 


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Olympic Transport: Trans-Thames cable car opens to public next week | Greenwich.co.uk

Olympic Transport: Trans-Thames cable car opens to public next week | Greenwich.co.uk | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

LONDON'S CABLE CAR across the Thames will open next week, it has been announced. Passengers will be able to make the journey from Greenwich to the Royal Docks when the Emirates Air Line officially opens at midday on Thursday June 28th.


Click on the bold headline at the top to go the article about the cable car from London to Greenwich via Greenwich.co.uk.


@franjurga writes: The cable cars actually look just like the old ski area gondolas...but instead of holding skis, they are equipped to hold bikes! And it only cost about US$90 million to build!


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Olympic Caffeine: In search of Greenwich’s best latte | Greenwich.co.uk

Olympic Caffeine: In search of Greenwich’s best latte | Greenwich.co.uk | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it
I know there’s nothing more quintessentially British than a cup of tea, but these days as you walk through Greenwich, you’re more likely to come across people clutching a coffee...


Click on the top headline to go this article,
which is on the blog for the village of Greenwich.

@FranJurga writes: If you think you'd go into caffeine withdrawal in London during the Olympics, think again. Not only does Greenwich have baristas, a latte costs less there than here in the USA (if I did the currency conversion math correctly). Don't turn down the tea, though, it tastes much better over there than it does here!


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Olympic Dressage: British Dressage Rider Roland Tong To Ride For Ireland - Horse & Hound

Olympic Dressage: British Dressage Rider Roland Tong To Ride For Ireland - Horse & Hound | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

The 32-year-old struck the deal with Horse Sport Ireland (HSI) two weeks ago.


“I’ve been thinking about it for a while,” Roland told H&H. “My mother comes from County Down and I have dual nationality....


Click on the top headline to read the article.


@FranJurga writes: Dreams can still come true and surprises are still popping up all over the globe as teams take shape with the Games barely a month away.


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Olympic Eventing: Martin + Dutton: Two Local Equestrians Will Compete in the London Olympics

Olympic Eventing: Martin + Dutton: Two Local Equestrians Will Compete in the London Olympics | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

"Qualifying for the Olympics in eventing is evidence of a carefully-constructed partnership between human and horse – something that both (Phillip) Dutton and fellow event rider, Boyd Martin, have achieved..."


@franjurga writes: The Daily Local News' Laura Booth wrote an extensive feature article in today's paper about Boyd Martin and Phillip Dutton preparing to represent the USA in eventing in London next month. Both riders live in southeastern Pennsylvania and the paper is based there as well.


The latest in this newsfeed's series of features from hometown newspapers about local sons and daughters who have made their respective teams for London.


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