Contributors: Sep. 11, 2000

THE OLYMPICS require a well-trained team of journalists to cover them, and TIME has been preparing for the spectacular in Sydney for more than a year. In this issue we preview the wondrous global athletes that will command the planet's attention as the pageantry unfurls. "The Olympics celebrate competitors from every part of the world," says Bill Saporito, who edits TIME's business and sport sections; he has also covered three soccer World Cups. "This week readers are going to meet a group of incredible athletes."

To get in shape for Sydney, TIME assembled its own stellar team, including senior editor Robert...

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