SI photographers and their peers had some unique vantage points at the Olympics. Here's a collection of their overhead shots, beginning with this one of Yue Lin and Liang Huo, gold medalists in synchronized diving.
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Pollution didn't hamper running events as much as feared.
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Croatia's water polo team in a huddle before it's game against the U.S.
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Usain Bolt of Jamaica leading the pack in the 100-meter dash.
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Yong Su Im of North Korea during the medal round of weight lifting.
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Franca Idoko of Nigeria celebrates with Oludamola Osayomi (2512), Halimat Ismaila (2523) and Gloria Kemasuode (2514) after the 4x100 relay.
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Nastia Liukin during the All-Around final.
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Shawn Johnson during the team finals.
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Diego Confalonieri of Italy vs. Dong Guotao of China during team epee competition.
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Racing through the streets of Beijing.
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Taking to the pool in the men's 50m freestyle qualifying.
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The Olympic flame above the Birds Nest stadium.
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Cyclists in Beijing.
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Marybeth Dunnichay and Haley Ishimatsu of the U.S.
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Zane Jordan of Zambia in 50m freestyle qualifying.
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Jiang Yuyuan of China during the women's all-around.
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Ayumi Tanimoto of Japan (white) and Lucie Decosse of France in judo.
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Michael Phelps en route to helping set a world record in the 4x200 freestyle relay.
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Michael Rock of Great Britain in the 100 butterfly.
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Michael Phelps in the 400 individual medley.
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Ditte Kotzian and Heike Fischer of Germany.
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Gold medalist Chen Yanging of China.
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Aaron Piersol (top) and Matt Grevers (one lane below) in the 100m backstroke semifinal.
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Michael Phelps (center lane) at the start of the 4x100 freestyle relay final.
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Table tennis action.
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Zou Kai of China in the men's team final.
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Xie Xingfang of China in the women's badminton quarterfinals.
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Chris Bosh of the U.S. against Marc Gasol of Spain.
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A road race through Beijing.
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