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Share the dream: Progressive Commonwealth Games open in the Gold Coast

GOLD COAST, Australia — The 21st edition of the "Friendly Games" are officially underway, but this year's event — which features the official motto, Share the Dream — could also be dubbed the "Progressive Games."

For the first time at a Commonwealth Games, men and women will compete for the same amount of medals. That's not only a first at this event, it's also the first time a major multi-sport event.

There are 133 women's and men's events each, plus nine mixed or open events in the east Australian city of Gold Coast, and that change is not lost on Canadian diving star Meaghan Benfeito.

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