Kobe Bryant and Dara Torres

Backstage at Chicago's magnificent Millennium Park, basketball all-star Kobe Bryant poses for photos with silver-medal swimmer Dara Torres after the show Welcome Home Team USA's Olympic Stars .
Members of the women's rowing team

Members of the gold-medal women's rowing team turn their cameras on the crowds gathered to cheer them on.
Patriotic audience members

Spirited audience members show their support of Team USA™!
Oprah greets fans.

Oprah greets some of the thousands of fans who gathered in Millennium Park to welcome America's best athletes home.
Women's water polo team

The women's water polo team wore special T-shirts for Oprah's 23rd season premiere.

Before starting the show The Most Talented Girl in the World , Oprah shows the audience why her high heels work better as "sitting down" shoes.
Charice Pempengco

Charice Pempengco, the 16-year-old singer who blew Oprah away, prepares for her performance of Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On." Legendary producer David Foster accompanies her on the piano.
Dean, Elizabeth Smart and Oprah

Dean, Oprah's stage manager, preps Elizabeth Smart and Oprah for the show Elizabeth Smart, John Ramsey: The Stories T hat Captured the Nation .

Oprah greets audience members before taping Why Men Cheat with marriage counselor M. Gary Neuman.
Oprah and Debra

After the show, Oprah congratulates Debra, a woman who walked from Cape Coral, Florida, to Chicago—a total of 1,600 miles—to see The Oprah Show and lose weight along the way. Since June 2007, she says she's gone from a size 22 to a size 12.