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15 Deserted Olympic Stadiums To Forever Avoid (And 10 That Didn't Go To Waste) - TheTravel (blog)

The Laoshan Bicycle Moto Cross park was used during the 2008 Summer Games for BMX racing and was one of nine temporary venues to be used for the games. It only hosted men's and women's BMX racing events, the first time the event had ever been in ...

Tokyo 2020 Olympics Cost Blowout Chips Away at Public Trust - The Diplomat

This means that, rather than meeting original projections of being the cheapest Olympics, the Tokyo 2020 games are on the way to becoming the second most expensive, after the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics. “Compact Olympics” was the catchphrase ...

Kazakh athlete Rypakova recognised as 2008 Olympics silver medallist - Astana Times

ASTANA – Kazakh track and field athlete Olga Rypakova has been officially recognised as the 2008 Beijing Olympics silver medalist after two other competitors were recently stripped of their medals for failing a drug test, reports the International ...

In London, Olympic Park's Legacy Is Sustainability - New York Times

Reports from Beijing have shown venues in disrepair 10 years after the 2008 Summer Games. Rio's Olympic sites showed signs of abandon just six months after the Games. Russians and Brazilians have questioned the broader benefits of hosting the World ...

To the surprise of no one, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are going massively over budget - Washington Post

By 2016, an expert panel set up by Tokyo's newly elected governor predicted that the price tag of the 2020 Olympics could exceed $30 billion, a staggering sum exceeded only by the spending for the 2008 Beijing Summer Games ($45 billion) and the 2014 ...

Beijing invites artists to design 2022 Winter Games mascots - Telegraph.co.uk

Despite heavy winds and rain, thousands of sports enthusiasts took part in group exercises at Beijing's Olympic Park to mark the 10th anniversary celebration of its hosting of the 2008 Summer Games last month. With 2,022 physical fitness participants ...

Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Phelps, Condoleezza Rice headline Celebrity Match at 2018 Ryder Cup - RyderCup.com

Phelps' remarkable run covers four Olympic Games beginning in 2004. He announced his retirement following the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. After the 2008 Summer Olympics, Phelps launched the Michael Phelps Foundation, which focuses on ...

Former US Olympian Kim Willoughby indicted on first-degree murder, child abuse in 2016 case - Fox News

Willoughby, a standout at the University of Hawaii who won a silver medal as a member of the U.S. Olympic team at the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing, previously argued that the 3-year-old girl – whom Willoughby was reportedly looking to adopt – died ...

IJF celebrates new Hall of Fame Class of 2018 with spectacular gala in Baku - International Judo Federation (press release) (blog)

Mr. Ilham Zakiyev (AZE) Visually impaired judoka Zakiyev distinguished himself by becoming Paralympic Champion in the +100kg weight division, at the Athens Games in 2004, and again at the Beijing Games in 2008. The first awards of the evening ...

Lakers News: Tayshaun Prince Recalls Every Player Wanting To Guard Kobe Bryant In 2008 Olympics - LakersNation.com

Known as the 'Redeem Team,' Bryant and company were tasked with restoring order after only winning bronze medals at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens and 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan. As Bryant is an international superstar especially ...

Column: Olympic legacy can't be counted in dollars and cents - Calgary Herald

That support allowed my coach and I to work together much more closely in preparation for the 2008 Beijing Games. We surprised everyone — including ourselves — by winning a bronze medal in the C1 1000 metres. The Olympics are supposed to inspire ...

Mnangagwa strikes gold in Zimbabwe's 'Golden Girl' Kirsty - Bulawayo24 News (press release) (blog)

Sports minister Kirsty Coventry, who won seven Olympic medals at Athens 2004 as well as Beijing 2008, was the biggest surprise in Mnangagwa's Cabinet announced in Harare yesterday. She is a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and in ...

Emmerson Mnangagwa Appoints Kirsty Coventry Minister Of Sports - reportfocusnews.com

At the 2004 Summer Olympics, in Athens, Greece, Coventry won three Olympic medals: a gold, a silver, and a bronze, while in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing she won four medals: a gold and three silver. The 20 cabinet Ministers are as follows:.

Team Redeem- Regaining The USA Basketball Glory - 2008 Summer Olympics. - Sportskeeda

We have already discussed that team USA was in a rut as they lost consecutively 3 world tournaments 2002 FIBA World Championships, 2004 Olympics and 2006 FIBA World Championships. The real challenge was to bring back the USA glory in the ...

Meet Walnut Creek Aquanuts Coach Kim Probst - Diablo Magazine

Kate Hooven, Becky Kim, Annabelle Orme, Jillian Penner: At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, four fellow Aquanuts competed alongside Probst. Mariya Koroleva: The two-time Olympian teamed up with Mary Killman (from the Santa Clara Aquamaids) for ...

Nastia Liukin, Shawn Johnson on why they didn't talk for 8 years - OlympicTalk (blog)

Shawn Johnson East titled it “Eight years of drama.” East and Nastia Liukin, the two U.S. gymnastics stars of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, said they went nearly eight years without talking after the Games but have rekindled their best friendship in the ...

Reassessing Argentina's Olympics-Winning Side: 10 Years Later - The18

Exactly 10 years ago Thursday, the Argentina national team won gold in soccer at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. It remains as Lionel Messi's greatest triumph at the international level. So what's happened to the players since?

China hits ground running for 2022 Olympics - Inquirer.net

Despite the steamy summer heat at Beijing Olympic Forest Park on the north side of the capital, sweat-soaked runners managed smiles as they jostled for position on Saturday afternoon. Built for the 2008 Olympics, the park features a 10-kilometer ...

Beijing 2008: A look at the Olympic venues a decade on - BBC Sport

Ten years ago, the Beijing Olympics was reaching its sweet spot. On 13 August, Michael Phelps had become the greatest Olympian of all time, winning his 10th and 11th golds to surpass the greats of history. On 16 August, Usain Bolt torched the 100m ...

Eerie photos of Beijing's abandoned Olympic settings - CNN

Forgotten moments: It's been 10 years since Beijing hosted the 2008 Olympics. A decade later, many of the structures and venues lie abandoned. In some cases, they never came to fruition in the first place. Here, two of the Games' mascots, Nini and ...

The 2008 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXIX Olympiad and commonly known as Beijing 2008, was a major international multi-sport event that took place in Beijing, China, from 8 to 24 August 2008. A total of 10,942 athletes from 204 National Olympic Committees competed in 28 sports and 302 events . China became the 22nd nation to host the Olympic Games and the 18th to hold a Summer Olympic Games. It was the third time that the Summer Olympic Games were held in East Asia and Asia, after Tokyo, Japan, in 1964 and Seoul, South Korea, in 1988.

Games of the XXIX Olympiad
The official logo for the 2008 Summer Olympics, featuring a depiction of the Chinese pictogram "Jing", representing a dancing human figure. Below are the words "Beijing 2008" in stylised print, and the Olympic rings.
Host city Beijing, China
Motto One World, One Dream
(Chinese: 同一个世界 同一个梦想)
Nations participating 204 NOCs
Athletes participating 10,942 (4,637 women & 6,305 men)
Events 302 in 28 sports
Opening ceremony August 8
Closing ceremony August 24
Officially opened by
Athlete's Oath
Judge's Oath
Olympic Torch
Stadium Beijing National Stadium
Summer:
Athens 2004 London 2012  >
Winter:
Turin 2006 Vancouver 2010  >

The 2008 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (Chinese: 第二十九届夏季奥林匹克运动会; pinyin: Dì Èrshíjiǔ Jiè Xiàjì Àolínpǐkè Yùndònghuì) and commonly known as Beijing 2008, was a major international multi-sport event that took place in Beijing, China, from 8 to 24 August 2008. A total of 10,942 athletes from 204 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) competed in 28 sports and 302 events (a total of one event more than the schedule of the 2004 Games). China became the 22nd nation to host the Olympic Games and the 18th to hold a Summer Olympic Games. It was the third time that the Summer Olympic Games were held in East Asia and Asia, after Tokyo, Japan, in 1964 and Seoul, South Korea, in 1988.

The equestrian events were held in Hong Kong, making it the third time the events of the same Olympics were held under the jurisdiction of two different NOCs, while sailing was contested in Qingdao, and football events took place in several different cities.

Beijing was awarded the Games over four competitors on 13 July 2001, having won a majority of votes from members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) after two rounds of voting. The Government of the People's Republic of China promoted the Games and invested heavily in new facilities and transportation systems. A total of 37 venues were used to host the events, including 12 constructed specifically for use at the Games. The official logo of these Olympic Games, titled "Dancing Beijing", refers to the host city by featuring a stylized calligraphic character jīng (, meaning capital). The Games were the most watched Olympics in history, attracting 4.7 billion viewers worldwide. Some politicians and non-governmental organizations criticized the choice of China as Olympic host because of the country's human rights record, and protests by critics of China's human rights record, with particular focus on Tibet, marred the international portion of the Olympic torch relay.

There were 43 world records and 132 Olympic records set at the 2008 Summer Olympics. An unprecedented 86 countries won at least one medal during the Games. Chinese athletes won the most gold medals with 51, and with 100 medals in total became only the 7th different Olympic team to top an overall medal tally. The United States won the most total medals with 110, and placed second in the medal tally followed by Russia. Though there were several controversies, the games were deemed generally successful with the rising standard of competition among nations across the world.