Lip-synch controversy: Olympics used girl's voice, not face
The New York Times
August 13, 2008
Well-Trained Fans Are at the Ready, if Seats Need to Be Filled
By JOHN BRANCH
BEIJING — There were entire sections of empty seats behind both goals at the team handball stadium on Monday. Next to them were sections packed with fans dressed in identical shirts, pounding inflated bats and being led in rehearsed cheers.
That emptiness and eagerness in a single frame provided two early mysteries to these supposedly sold-out Olympics.
For an Olympics running with predictable, well-mannered efficiency and few logistical snags, the most sensitive issue facing the organizing committee has emerged quickly: Why all the empty seats?