Georgia, Russia athletes get along despite violence

August 10, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Their countries are locked in a violent conflict, but Olympic athletes from Georgia and Russia who are in Beijing seem to be getting along. The Georgian team lives only a few dozen yards away from the much larger Russian team, but there have been no problems. Members of both teams even chatted on the infield of National Stadium during Friday night's opening ceremony.

And athletes from each country shared the medals podium Sunday, with Russia winning the silver and Georgia the bronze in a women's air rifle competition. The Russian woman put her arm around her Georgian counterpart and kissed her on the cheek.

The dispute centers on the separatist province of South Ossetia. Georgia, a staunch U.S. ally, launched a major offensive Friday to retake the province. Russia then bombed Georgian territory.


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