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Meet Monkey and friends

Monkey, Sandy and Pigsy

Created by the men behind Gorillaz - Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett - Monkey and his friends will be the faces of the BBC's Beijing Olympics coverage in the next few months


Hatched from a stone egg, the immortal Monkey King is as highly skilled in the art of magic as he is in speed, strength and agility


Sandy, the Sand Monk, was banished to a river of sand many centuries ago as punishment for past wrongs


Exiled from heaven and the result of an accidental re-incarnation, Pigsy is the strongest of the three


With a keen mind, a steely nerve and an irreverent spirit, Monkey is the cloud-riding leader of the group, unafraid of any obstacle in his path


When not passing the time devouring humans Sandy can be found honing his considerable martial arts skills and using intellect as well as strength to defeat his enemies


A true glutton, Pigsy enjoys the pleasures of life to excess, often getting himself and his companions into trouble along the way


Monkey, Pigsy and Sandy will use Olympic sports on their Journey to the East, to Beijing and the Bird's Nest stadium

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