2008 Summer Olympics

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Games of the XXIX Olympiad
Host city Beijing, China
Nations participating 205 NOCs
Athletes participating 10,500 (approx.)[1]
Events 302 in 28 sports
Opening ceremony August 8
Closing ceremony August 24
Officially opened by President Hu Jintao
Athlete's Oath Zhang Yining
Judge's Oath Huang Liping
Olympic Torch Li Ning
Stadium Beijing National Stadium

The 2008 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXIX Olympiad, were celebrated in Beijing, People's Republic of China from August 8 to August 24. The opening ceremony began at 08:08:08 pm CST (12:08:08 UTC) at the Beijing National Stadium in Beijing, People's Republic of China. During the games, 10,500 athletes competed in 302 events in 28 sports. This is one event more than what was on the schedule of the 2004 games.

The Olympic games were awarded to Beijing after a vote of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on July 13 2001. The official logo of the games, titled "Dancing Beijing," features a stylised calligraphic character jīng (京, meaning capital), meaning the host city. The mascots of Beijing 2008 are the five Fuwa, each representing both a colour of the Olympic rings and a symbol of Chinese culture. The Olympic slogan, One World, One Dream, calls upon the world to unite in the Olympic spirit. Several new NOCs have also been recognised by the IOC.

The Chinese government used the games to promote China as an important and powerful country, and spent a lot of money on building new facilities and transportation systems for the games.[2][3] The events were held in 37 places, including 12 newly-built buildings. In 2007, former IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch said that he thinks that the Beijing games will be "the best in Olympic history".[4] Although there was been some controversy about having the games in China, the IOC's former president Jacques Rogge said that the IOC has "absolutely no regrets" in choosing Beijing to host the 2008 games.[5]

Medal table[change | change source]

At the end of the Olympics, China won the total gold medal count, while the United States led the grand total medal count.[6]

Here is the top of the medal table at the end of the games.[6]

Medal numbers shown in bold are the highest in their section. China, the host nation is highlighted in lavender.

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 China China (CHN) 51 21 28 100
2 United States United States (USA) 36 38 36 110
3 Russia Russia (RUS) 23 21 28 72
4 United Kingdom Great Britain (GBR) 19 13 15 47
5 Germany Germany (GER) 16 10 15 41
6 Australia Australia (AUS) 14 15 17 46
7 South Korea South Korea (KOR) 13 10 8 31
8 Japan Japan (JPN) 9 6 10 25
9 Italy Italy (ITA) 8 10 10 28
10 France France (FRA) 7 16 17 40

References[change | change source]

  1. "6th Coordination Commission Visit To Begin Tomorrow". International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 2006-05-20. 
  2. "China's coming out party". Toronto Star. 2007.  Unknown parameter |month= ignored (help)
  3. "2008-The Year of China?". BusinessCenter.TV. 2007-08-07. Retrieved 2008-01-02. 
  4. "Beijing 2008 will be best-ever Games: Samaranch". BOCOG. 2007-06-25. Retrieved 2007-06-25.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  5. Abrahamson, Alan (2008-08-02). ""Absolutely no regrets" in coming to China, IOC president says". NBC. Retrieved 2008-08-02. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 Official Olympics Games medal table Retrieved 18:00 (UTC), 31/08/08 Archived 5 August 2009 at WebCite


Olympic rings with white rims.svg Olympic Games
Summer Games: 1896 Athens, 1900 Paris, 1904 St. Louis, 1906 Athens, 1908 London, 1912 Stockholm, (1916 Berlin), 1920 Antwerp, 1924 Paris, 1928 Amsterdam, 1932 Los Angeles, 1936 Berlin, (1940 Tokyo), (1944 London), 1948 London, 1952 Helsinki, 1956 Melbourne, 1960 Rome, 1964 Tokyo, 1968 Mexico City, 1972 Munich, 1976 Montreal, 1980 Moscow, 1984 Los Angeles, 1988 Seoul, 1992 Barcelona, 1996 Atlanta, 2000 Sydney, 2004 Athens, 2008 Beijing, 2012 London, 2016 Rio de Janeiro, 2020 Tokyo, 2024 Paris, 2028 Los Angeles
Winter Games: 1924 Chamonix, 1928 St. Moritz, 1932 Lake Placid, 1936 Garmisch-Partenkirchen, (1940 Sapporo), (1944 Cortina d'Ampezzo), 1948 St. Moritz, 1952 Oslo, 1956 Cortina d'Ampezzo, 1960 Squaw Valley, 1964 Innsbruck, 1968 Grenoble, 1972 Sapporo, 1976 Innsbruck, 1980 Lake Placid, 1984 Sarajevo, 1988 Calgary, 1992 Albertville, 1994 Lillehammer, 1998 Nagano, 2002 Salt Lake City, 2006 Turin, 2010 Vancouver, 2014 Sochi, 2018 Pyeongchang, 2022 Beijing, 2026
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Games in italics will be held in the future, and those in (brackets) were cancelled because of war. See also: Ancient Olympic Games