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International students watch as Olympics begin

International students at Troy University watch the opening ceremony of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games International students at Troy University watch the opening ceremony of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games

By Cody Holyoke - bio | email

Troy, Al. (WSFA) -- For more than 100 students at Troy University, Friday was all about gathering--in Alabama and far away in Beijing.

"We have about 60 different nationalities, so you could sort of call it a mini Olympics every day here," said Peter Lundbye, an international recruiter for Troy University.

So far, the school has 140 new international students from all over the worl.

Many are from China.  Students say it's an honor to have the games in their home country.

"I never have been so close to all of the games, so close to the world, and so close to hundreds of thousands of people, explained Jin Wang, an international student from China.

Though the spotlight is on Beijing, the viewing audience consists of many more people, including the variety of students at Troy.

"It's the biggest sporting event of the year. As far as the best athletes go," explained Lucas Bakx, an international student from Holland.

With the importance of the olympics echoing across the globe, students say they hope the games will bring their peers closer together.

"The theme of these Olympic games is 'One world, one dream," so that would be great for all of the international students," said Chinese student Hanfeng Luo.

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