London Olympics

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It’s a typical sunny Flagstaff day, and Diego Estrada takes a break from training to visit a favorite taqueria.

While many Olympians spend their days focusing every second on their sport, Estrada takes a slightly different approach.

“I’ve done my best to avoid it," he said. "I actually started working on my room, I painted it, I built a bed from scratch.  I’ve been trying to stay distracted because I know if I focus too much I’m going to burn out or lose interest.  Our goal has been to stay away from it and treat it like any other race."

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The Olympics are just about to get underway, but Lopez Lomong is not in London yet.

He’s returned to Flagstaff in order to finish his training.

Lopez says Flagstaff is the place that made him a world-class athlete, and he’s bringing some of his US teammates with him.

“It’s like I’m still a student here.  I still run the same trails, they’re still the same distances.  That’s why I’m bringing some of my friends, my teammates, the love of what Flagstaff has to offer to the world.”

On the first day of competition in the 2012 Summer Olympics, the U.S. women's soccer team bounced back from an early deficit to beat France, 4-2. The game was a rematch for the two teams that met in last year's World Cup semifinals.

France jumped out to a 2-0 lead before the match was 15 minutes old, scoring on a breakaway run by Gaetane Thiney; moments later, a short-range shot found the back of the net after several U.S. players failed to clear the ball following a corner kick.