2008 Summer Olympics
The "Dancing Beijing" emblem, depicting a Chinese seal inscribed with the character "Jīng" (京), from the name of the host city, in the form of a dancing figure.
|Host city||Beijing, China|
|Motto||One World, One Dream
|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||President Hu Jintao|
|Athlete's Oath||Zhang Yining|
|Judge's Oath||Huang Liping|
|Olympic Torch||Li Ning|
|Stadium||Beijing National Stadium|
|Part of a series on|
The 2008 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXIX Olympiad, was a major international multi-sport event that took place in Beijing, China, from August 8 to 24, 2008.[a] 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 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[b], while sailing was contested in Qingdao, and football events took place in several different cities.
Beijing was awarded the Games over four competitors on July 13, 2001, having won an absolute 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", featured a stylised calligraphic character jīng (京, meaning capital), referring to the host city. Media outlets reported unprecedented audience interest in the Games, and these Olympics had the largest television audience in Olympic history to date, an achievement later surpassed by the 2012 Games. 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 pro-Tibetan independence activists and critics of China's human rights record 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 100 medals altogether, while the United States had the most total medals with 110. American swimmer Michael Phelps broke the records for most gold medals in one Olympics and for most career gold medals by winning eight swimming events.
Beijing was elected as the host city for the 2008 Summer Olympics on July 13, 2001, during the 112th IOC Session in Moscow, defeating bids from Toronto, Paris, Istanbul, and Osaka. Prior to the session, five other cities (Bangkok, Cairo, Havana, Kuala Lumpur, and Seville) had submitted bids to the IOC but failed to make the short list chosen by the IOC Executive Committee in 2000. After the first round of voting, Beijing held a significant lead over the other four candidates. Osaka received only six votes and was eliminated. In the second round, Beijing was supported by an absolute majority of voters, eliminating the need for subsequent rounds.
|2008 Summer Olympics bidding results|
|City||NOC||Round 1||Round 2|
Members of the IOC did not disclose their votes, but news reports speculated that broad international support led to China's selection, especially from developing nations who had received assistance from China in the construction of stadiums. The size of China, its increased enforcement of doping controls, and sympathy concerning its loss of the 2000 Summer Olympics to Sydney were all factors in the decision. Eight years earlier, Beijing had led every round of voting for the 2000 Summer Olympics before losing to Sydney by two votes in the final round.
Human rights concerns expressed by Amnesty International and politicians in both Europe and the United States were considered by the delegates, according to IOC Executive Director François Carrard. Carrard and others suggested that the selection might lead to improvements in human rights in China. In addition, a number of IOC delegates who had formerly been athletes expressed concern about heat and air quality during the Games. China outlined plans to address these environmental concerns in its bid application.
On March 6, 2009 the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games reported that total spending on the games was "generally as much as that of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games", which was equivalent to about US$15 billion. They went on to claim that surplus revenues from the Games would exceed the original target of $16 million. Other reports, however, estimated the total costs from $40 billion to $44 billion, which would make the Games "far and away the most expensive ever".
By May 2007 the construction of all 31 Beijing-based Olympic Games venues had begun. The Chinese government renovated and constructed six venues outside Beijing as well as 59 training centres. The largest structures built were the Beijing National Stadium, Beijing National Indoor Stadium, Beijing National Aquatics Center, Olympic Green Convention Center, Olympic Green, and Beijing Wukesong Culture & Sports Center. Almost 85% of the construction budget for the six main venues was funded by $2.1 billion (RMB¥17.4 billion) in corporate bids and tenders. Investments were expected from corporations seeking ownership rights after the Olympics. Some events were held outside Beijing, namely football in Qinhuangdao, Shanghai, Shenyang, and Tianjin; sailing in Qingdao; and, because of the "uncertainties of equine diseases and major difficulties in establishing a disease-free zone", the equestrian events were held in Hong Kong.
The centrepiece of the 2008 Summer Olympics was the Beijing National Stadium, nicknamed "The Bird's Nest" because of its nest-like skeletal structure. The stadium hosted both the opening and closing ceremonies as well as the athletics competition. Construction of the venue began on December 24, 2003. The Guangdong Olympic Stadium was originally planned, constructed, and completed in 2001 to help host the Games, but a decision was made to construct a new stadium in Beijing. In 2001, the city held a bidding process to select the best arena design. Several criteria were required of each design, including flexibility for post-Olympics use, a retractable roof, and low maintenance costs. The entry list was narrowed to thirteen final designs. The bird's nest model submitted by architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron in collaboration with Li Xinggang of China Architecture Design and Research Group (CADG) was selected as the top design by both a professional panel and by a broader audience during a public exhibition. The selection of the design became official in April 2003. Construction of the stadium was a joint venture among the original designers, project architect Stefan Marbach, artist Ai Weiwei, and a group of CADG architects led by Li Xinggang. Its $423 million cost was funded by the state-owned corporate conglomerate CITIC and the Beijing State-Owned Assets Management Company.
To prepare for Olympic visitors, Beijing's transportation infrastructure was expanded. Beijing's airport underwent a major renovation with the addition of the new Terminal 3, designed by architect Norman Foster. Within the city itself, Beijing's subway was doubled in capacity and length, with the addition of 7 lines and 80 stations to the previously existing 4 lines and 64 stations. Included in this expansion was a new link connecting to the city's airport. A fleet of thousands of buses, minibuses, and official cars transported spectators, athletes, and officials between venues.
In an effort to improve air quality, the city placed restrictions on construction sites and gas stations, and limited the use of commercial and passenger vehicles in Beijing. From June 20 through September 20, passenger vehicle restrictions were placed on alternate days depending on the terminal digit of the car's license plate. It was anticipated that this measure would take 45% of Beijing's 3.3 million cars off the streets. The boosted public transport network was expected to absorb the demand created by these restrictions and the influx of visitors, which was estimated at more than 4 million additional passengers per day.
The 2008 Summer Olympics emblem was known as Dancing Beijing. The emblem combined a traditional Chinese red seal and a representation of the calligraphic character jīng (京, "national capital", also the second character of Beijing's Chinese name) with athletic features. The open arms of the calligraphic word symbolised the invitation from China to the world to share in its culture. IOC president Jacques Rogge was very happy with the emblem, saying, "Your new emblem immediately conveys the awesome beauty and power of China which are embodied in your heritage and your people."
The official motto for the 2008 Olympics was "One World, One Dream" (同一个世界 同一个梦想). It called upon the whole world to join in the Olympic spirit and build a better future for humanity, and was chosen from over 210,000 entries submitted from around the world. Following the announcement of the motto, the phrase was used by international advocates of Tibetan secession. Banners reading "One World, One Dream, Free Tibet" were unfurled from various structures around the globe in the lead up to the Beijing Olympics, such as from the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge and the Sydney Opera House in Australia.
The mascots of Beijing 2008 were the five Fuwa, each representing both a colour of the Olympic rings and a symbol of Chinese culture. In 2006, the Beijing Organizing Committee released pictograms of 35 Olympic disciplines (for some multi-discipline sports, such as cycling, a single pictogram was released). This set of sport icons was named the beauty of seal characters, because of each pictogram's likeness to Chinese seal script.
Media coverage 
The 2008 Games were the first to be produced and broadcast entirely in high definition by the host broadcaster. In comparison, American broadcaster NBC broadcast only half of the 2006 Turin Winter Games in HD. In their bid for the Olympic Games in 2001, Beijing stated to the Olympic Evaluation Commission that there would be, "[N]o restrictions on media reporting and movement of journalists up to and including the Olympic Games." However, some media outlets claimed that organizers ultimately failed to live up to this commitment.[c]
According to Nielsen Media Research, 4.7 billion viewers worldwide tuned in to some of the television coverage, one-fifth larger than the 3.9 billion who watched the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. American broadcaster NBC produced only 2 hours of online streaming video for the 2006 Winter Games but produced approximately 2,200 hours of coverage for the 2008 Summer Games. CNN reported that, for the first time, "live online video rights in some markets for the Olympics have been separately negotiated, not part of the overall 'broadcast rights.'" The new media of the digital economy was said to be growing "nine times faster than the rest of the advertising market."
The international European Broadcasting Union (EBU) provided live coverage and highlights of all arenas only for certain territories on their website, Eurovisionsports.tv. Many national broadcasters likewise restricted the viewing of online events to their domestic audiences. The General National Copyright Administration of China announced that "individual (sic) and websites will face fines as high as 100,000 yuan for uploading recordings of Olympic Games video to the internet", part of an extensive campaign to protect the pertinent intellectual property rights. The Olympic Committee also set up a separate YouTube channel at Beijing 2008.
Torch relay 
The design of the 2008 Olympic Torch was based on traditional scrolls and used a traditional Chinese design known as the "Propitious Clouds" (祥云). The torch was designed to remain lit in 65 km/h (40 mph) winds, and in rain of up to 50 mm (2 in) per hour.
The relay, with the theme "Journey of Harmony", was met with protests and demonstrations by pro-Tibet supporters throughout its journey. It lasted 130 days and carried the torch 137,000 km (85,000 mi)—the longest distance of any Olympic torch relay since the tradition began at the 1936 Berlin Games. The torch relay was described as a "public relations disaster" for China by USA Today, with protests against China's human rights record, particularly focused on Tibet. The IOC subsequently barred future Olympics organizers from staging international torch relays.
The relay began March 24, 2008, in Olympia, Greece. From there, it traveled across Greece to Panathinaiko Stadium in Athens, and then to Beijing, arriving on March 31. From Beijing, the torch followed a route passing through every continent except Antarctica. The torch visited cities on the Silk Road, symbolizing ancient links between China and the rest of the world. A total of 21,880 torchbearers were selected from around the world by various organizations and entities.
The international portion of the relay was problematic. The month-long world tour encountered wide-scale protests. After trouble in London involving attempts by protestors to put out the flame, the torch was extinguished in Paris the following day. The American leg in San Francisco on April 9 was altered without prior warning to avoid such disturbances, although there were still demonstrations along the original route. The relay was further delayed and simplified after the 2008 Sichuan earthquake hit western China.
The flame was carried to the top of Mount Everest on a 108 km (67 mi) long "highway" scaling the Tibetan side of the mountain, built especially for the relay. The $19.7 million blacktop project spanned from Tingri County of Xigazê Prefecture to the Everest Base Camp. In March 2008, China banned mountaineers from climbing its side of Mount Everest, and later persuaded the Nepalese government to close their side as well, officially citing environmental concerns. It also reflected concerns by the Chinese government that Tibet activists may try to disrupt its plans to carry the Olympic torch up the world's tallest peak.
The originally proposed route would have taken the torch through Taipei after leaving Vietnam and before heading for Hong Kong. However, the government of Taiwan (then led by the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party) objected to this proposal, claiming that this route would make the portion of the relay in Taiwan appear to be part of the torch's domestic journey through China, rather than a leg on the international route. This dispute, as well as Chinese demands that the flag and the national anthem of the Republic of China be banned along the route led the government of Taiwan to reject the proposal that it be part of the relay route, and the two sides of the Taiwan Strait subsequently blamed each other for injecting politics into the event.
In the following calendar for the 2008 Olympic Games, each blue box represents an event competition, such as a qualification round, on that day. The yellow boxes represent days during which medal-awarding finals for a sport were held. Each bullet in these boxes is an event final, the number of bullets per box representing the number of finals that were contested on that day. On the left the calendar lists each sport with events held during the Games, and at the right how many gold medals were won in that sport. There is a key at the top of the calendar to aid the reader.
|OC||Opening ceremony||●||Event competitions||1||Event finals||EG||Exhibition gala||CC||Closing ceremony|
|Total gold medals||7||14||13||19||17||15||18||27||37||18||20||11||21||21||32||12||302|
Opening ceremony 
The opening ceremony officially began at 8:08. pm China Standard Time (UTC+8) on August 8, 2008 in the Beijing National Stadium. The number 8 is associated with prosperity and confidence in Chinese culture, and here it was a triple eight for the date and one extra for time (close to 08:08:08 pm). The ceremony was co-directed by Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou and Chinese choreographer Zhang Jigang and featured a cast of over 15,000 performers. The ceremony lasted over four hours and was reported to have cost over US$100 million to produce.
A rich assembly of ancient Chinese art and culture dominated the ceremony. It opened with the beating of Fou drums for the countdown. Subsequently, a giant scroll was unveiled and became the show's centerpiece. The official song of the 2008 Olympics, titled "You and Me", was performed by Britain's Sarah Brightman and China's Liu Huan, on a large spinning rendition of the globe. The last recipient in the Olympic Torch relay, former Chinese gymnast Li Ning ignited the cauldron, after being suspended into the air by wires and completing a lap of the National Stadium at roof height.
The opening ceremony was lauded by spectators and various international presses as "spectacular" and "spellbinding". Hein Verbruggen, chairman of the IOC Coordination Commission for the XXIX Olympiad, called the ceremony "a grand, unprecedented success."
The program for the Beijing Games was quite similar to that of the 2004 Summer Olympics held in Athens. There were 28 sports and 302 events at the 2008 Games. Nine new events were held, including two from the new cycling discipline of BMX. Women competed in the 3000 metre steeplechase for the first time. Open water swimming events for men and women, over the distance of 10 kilometres (6.2 mi), were added to the swimming discipline. Team events (men and women) in table tennis replaced the doubles events. In fencing, women's team foil and women's team sabre replaced men's team foil and women's team épée.[d] Two sports were open only to men, baseball and boxing, while one sport and one discipline were open only to women, softball and synchronized swimming. Equestrian and mixed badminton are the only sports in which men and women compete together.
The following were the 28 sports that were contested at the Games. The number of events contested in each sport is indicated in parentheses (in sports with more than one discipline, as identified by the IOC, these are also specified).
In addition to the official Olympic sports, the Beijing Organising Committee was given special dispensation by the IOC to run a wushu competition in parallel to the Games. The Wushu Tournament Beijing 2008 saw 128 athletes from 43 countries participate, with medals awarded in 15 separate events; however, these were not to be added to the official medal tally since Wushu was not on the programme of the 2008 Olympic Games.
Closing ceremony 
The 2008 Summer Olympics Closing Ceremony concluded the Beijing Games on August 24, 2008. It began at 8:00 pm China Standard Time (UTC+8), and took place at the Beijing National Stadium.
The Ceremony included the handover of the Games from Beijing to London. Guo Jinlong, the Mayor of Beijing handed over the Olympic flag to the Mayor of London Boris Johnson, followed by a performance organized by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG). This presentation included performances by guitarist Jimmy Page, and recording artist Leona Lewis. Footballer David Beckham was also featured during London's presentation.
Medal count 
Eighty-seven nations earned medals, 54 of which won gold medals, both setting new records for Olympic Games. 118 participating countries did not win a medal. Athletes from China won 51 gold medals, the most of any nation at these Olympics, becoming the first nation other than the United States and Russia (Soviet Union) to lead in medals since Germany at the 1936 Summer Olympics. The United States team won the most medals overall, with 110. Afghanistan, Mauritius, Sudan, Tajikistan and Togo won their first Olympic medals. Athletes from Mongolia (which previously held the record for most medals without a gold) and Panama won their nation's first gold medals. An athlete from Serbia won its first medal under that name, having previously won medals as part of Yugoslavia and Serbia and Montenegro.
American swimmer Michael Phelps received a total of eight gold medals, more than any other Olympian, setting numerous world and Olympic records in the process. Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt also set records in multiple events, completing the 100 m final with a time of 9.69 seconds, surpassing his own previous world record. Russian-born American gymnast Nastia Liukin won the all-around gold medal in artistic gymnastics, becoming the third American woman to do so, following Mary Lou Retton in 1984 and Carly Patterson in 2004.
These are the top ten nations that won medals in the 2008 Games.
|1||China (host nation)||51||21||28||100|
Participating National Olympic Committees 
All but one of the 205 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) that existed as of 2008 participated in the 2008 Summer Olympics, the exception being Brunei. Three countries participated in the Olympic Games for their first time: the Marshall Islands, Montenegro and Tuvalu. The Marshall Islands and Tuvalu gained National Olympic Committee status in 2006 and 2007 respectively, and 2008 was the first games in which they were eligible to participate. The states of Serbia and Montenegro, which participated at the 2004 Games jointly as Serbia and Montenegro, competed separately for the first time. The Montenegrin Olympic Committee was accepted as a new National Olympic Committee in 2007. Neighboring Kosovo, however, did not participate. After the declaration of independence in Kosovo, the IOC specified requirements that Kosovo needs to meet before being recognised by the IOC; most notably, it has to be recognised as independent by the United Nations. China and the United States had the largest teams, with 639 athletes for China and 596 for the United States.
More than 100 sovereigns, heads of state and heads of government as well as 170 Ministers of Sport attended the Beijing Olympic Games.
National participation changes 
Athletes from the Republic of China (Taiwan) competed at the 2008 Games as Chinese Taipei (TPE) under the Chinese Taipei Olympic flag and using the National Banner Song as their official anthem. The participation of Taiwan was briefly in doubt because of disagreements over the name of their team in the Chinese language and concerns about Taiwan marching in the Opening Ceremony next to the special administrative region of Hong Kong. A compromise on the naming was reached, and Taiwan was referred to during the games as "Chinese Taipei," rather than "China-Taipei," as the mainland China government had proposed. In addition, the Central African Republic was placed between Chinese Taipei and the Special Administrative Regions during the march of nations.
Starting in 2005, North Korea and South Korea held meetings to discuss the possibility of sending a united team to the 2008 Olympics. The proposal failed, because of disagreements about how athletes would be chosen; North Korea was demanding a certain percentage representation for its athletes. A subsequent attempt to broker an agreement for the two nations to walk together during the March of Nations failed as well, despite their having done so during the 2000 and 2004 Games.
On July 24, 2008, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) banned Iraq from competing in the 2008 Olympic Summer Games because of "political interference by the government in sports." The IOC reversed its decision five days later and allowed the nation to compete after a pledge by Iraq to ensure "the independence of its national Olympics panel" by instituting fair elections before the end of November. In the meantime, Iraq's Olympic Organisation was run by "an interim committee proposed by its national sports federations and approved by the IOC."
Brunei Darussalam was due to take part in the 2008 Summer Olympic Games. However, they were disqualified on August 8, having failed to register either of their two athletes. The IOC spokeswoman Emmanuelle Moreau said in a statement that "it is a great shame and very sad for the athletes who lose out because of the decision by their team not to register them. The IOC tried up until the last minute, midday Friday August 8, 2008, the day of the official opening, to have them register, but to no avail." Brunei's Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports issued a press release stating that their decision not to participate was due to an injury to one of their athletes.
Georgia announced on August 9, 2008 that it was considering withdrawing from the Beijing Olympic Games because of the 2008 South Ossetia war, but it went on to compete while the conflict was still ongoing.
Participation of athletes with disabilities 
South African swimmer Natalie du Toit, whose left leg was amputated following a motor scooter accident, qualified to compete at the Beijing Olympics. The five time gold medalist at the Athens Paralympics in 2004 made history by becoming the first amputee to qualify for the Olympic Games since Olivér Halassy in 1936. She was able to compete in the Olympics rather than the Paralympics because she does not use a prosthetic leg while swimming. Polish athlete Natalia Partyka, who was born without a right forearm, competed in Table Tennis in both the 2008 Olympic Games and 2008 Paralympic Games.
Concerns and controversies 
A variety of concerns over the Games, or China's hosting of the Games, had been expressed by various entities, including allegations that China violated its pledge to allow open media access, various alleged human rights violations, its continuous support of repressive regimes (such as Zimbabwe, Burma, Sudan and North Korea), air pollution in both the city of Beijing and in neighbouring areas, proposed boycotts, warnings of the possibility that the Beijing Olympics could be targeted by terrorist groups, disruption from pro-Tibetan protesters, and religious persecutions.
There were also reports that several members of China's women's gymnastics team, including double gold medal winner He Kexin, were too young to compete under the Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique's rules for Olympic eligibility, but all were exonerated after an official IOC investigation.
In the lead-up to the Olympics, the government allegedly issued guidelines to the local media for their reporting during the Games: most political issues not directly related to the games were to be downplayed; topics such as pro-Tibetan independence and East Turkestan movements were not to be reported on, as were food safety issues such as "cancer-causing mineral water." As the 2008 Chinese milk scandal broke in September 2008, there was widespread speculation that China's desire for a perfect Games may have been a factor contributing towards the delayed recall of contaminated infant formula.
The 2008 Olympic Games have been generally accepted by the world's media as a logistical success. Many of the worst fears about the games failed to materialize: no terrorists struck Beijing; no athlete protested at the podium (though Swedish wrestler Ara Abrahamian tossed his bronze medal in disgust over judging), and the air quality – due largely to favorable weather patterns – was not as bad as many had feared beforehand despite being the worst in Olympics history.
Many in China viewed the Olympics as "an affirmation of a single nationalistic dream" and saw protests during the international torch relay as an insult to China. The Games also bolstered domestic support for the Chinese government, and for the policies of the Communist Party, giving rise to concerns that the Olympics would give the state more leverage to suppress political dissent, at least temporarily. Efforts to quell any unrest before and during the Games also contributed to a rapid expansion in the size and political clout of China's internal security forces, and this growth continued through the following years. Reports also indicated that the Olympics boosted the political careers of pro-Beijing politicians in Hong Kong, as many Chinese gold medal winners campaigned on behalf of the pro-Beijing DAB during the 2008 election, although any trend towards greater identification by Hong Kongers with Mainland China appears to have been short-lived.
The long-term economic impact of the games on China and Beijing in particular is not yet clear. Some sectors of the economy may have benefited from the influx of tourists, and other sectors such as manufacturing lost revenue because of plant closings related to the government's efforts to improve air quality. Four years after the Games, many of the specially constructed facilities were underused or even deserted. It is generally expected by economists that there will be no lasting effects on Beijing's economy from the games.
See also 
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: 2008 Summer Olympics|
- Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games
- 2008 Summer Olympics medal table
- Olympic records at the 2008 Summer Olympics
- World records at the 2008 Summer Olympics
- Use of performance-enhancing drugs in the Olympic Games — 2008 Beijing
- a Although the games officially began on August 8, 2008, the first football games were held on August 6.
- b The other two instances were the 1956 games, where the equestrian events were hosted in Stockholm, Sweden, because of strict Australian quarantine rules, and the other events were hosted in Melbourne, Australia; and the 1920 games which were hosted in Antwerp, Belgium, but the final two races of the 12 ft (3.7 m) dinghy event in sailing were held in the Netherlands.
- c The New York Times, for instance, said that "these promises, were contradicted by strict visa rules, lengthy application processes and worries about censorship."
- d The fencing programme included six individual events and four team events, though the team events were a different set than were held in 2004. The International Fencing Federation's rules call for events not held in the previous Games to receive automatic selection and for at least one team event in each weapon to be held. Voting is conducted to determine the fourth event. In 2004, the three men's team events and the women's épée were held. Thus, in 2008, the women's foil and sabre events and men's épée were automatically selected. Men's sabre was chosen over foil by a 45–20 vote.
- "Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics Games". International Olympic Committee. Archived from the original on June 23, 2011. Retrieved August 5, 2012.
- Longman, Jere (July 14, 2001). "OLYMPICS; Beijing Wins Bid for 2008 Olympic Games". New York Times. Retrieved February 4, 2011.
- Fixmer, Andy (September 5, 2008). "Beijing Olympics Attracted Most Viewers, Nielsen Says". Bloomberg. Retrieved February 4, 2011.
- "London Olympics biggest in U.S. TV history, despite gripes". Reuters. August 13, 2012. Retrieved November 25, 2012.
- "Beijing triumphs with 2008 Olympic bid". CBC. July 13, 2001. Retrieved February 5, 2011.
- ""Amnesty: China "Tarnishing" Olympics""". CBS News. July 29, 2008. Archived from the original on February 2, 2011. Retrieved February 5, 2011.
- "Former Gold Medalist Swimmer Mark Spitz Praises Phelps Ahead of Olympics | IBTimes TV". Tv.ibtimes.com. Retrieved 2012-07-14.
- "Beijing 2008: Election". International Olympic Committee. Archived from the original on December 5, 2006. Retrieved December 18, 2006.
- Longman, Jere (July 14, 2001). "OLYMPICS; Beijing Wins Bid for 2008 Olympic Games". The New York Times. Retrieved June 11, 2009.
- Riding, Alan (September 24, 1993). "Olympics; 2000 Olympics Go to Sydney In Surprise Setback for China". The New York Times. Retrieved June 5, 2009.
- "Surplus of Beijing Olympic Games exceeds 16 million USD". People's Daily Online. March 6, 2009. Retrieved June 5, 2009.
- Rabinovitch, Simon (August 5, 2008). "Beijing Games to be costliest, but no debt legacy". Reuters. Retrieved June 5, 2009.
- "Beijing Olympics to cost China 44 billion dollars". Pravda. August 8, 2008. Retrieved July 295, 2012.
- "The cost of the Beijing Olympics". The Guardian (London). July 28, 2008. Retrieved June 5, 2009.
- "All Beijing-based Olympic venues under construction". BOCOG. May 11, 2007. Retrieved May 11, 2007.
- "Beijing Olympics funding exceeds $43 bn". NDTV.com. August 4, 2008. Retrieved August 10, 2008.
- "Hong Kong Olympic Equestrian Venue". Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad. Archived from the original on August 9, 2008. Retrieved August 10, 2008.
- "Supporters, protesters greet Olympic torch's arrival in Beijing". CBC News. August 6, 2009. Retrieved June 20, 2009.
- Libby, Brian (May 1, 2002). "China's Banner Stadium". Architecture Week. Archived from the original on April 23, 2009. Retrieved June 5, 2009.
- Lubow, Arthur (May 6, 2006). "The China Syndrome". New York Times. Retrieved June 5, 2009.
- "Presentation of Competation". Beijing Municipal Commission of Urban Planning. Archived from the original on June 19, 2008. Retrieved August 28, 2008.
- Pasternack, Alex; Clifford A. Pearson (July 2008). "National Stadium". Architectural Record: 92–9. Retrieved June 5, 2009.
- Jo Baker. "Beijing Terminal 3 by Foster". Architecture Week. Archived from the original on August 15, 2008. Retrieved August 16, 2008.
- "38 public transit routes to the Olympic venues". BOCOG. January 22, 2007. Retrieved January 29, 2007.
- AUSmotive.com (August 2, 2008). "Volkswagen claims ‘Green’ medal at 2008 Olympic Games". Archived from the original on August 19, 2008. Retrieved August 2, 2008.
- Andrew Jacobs (April 14, 2008). "Traffic Beijing Stops Construction for Olympics". New York Times. Archived from the original on April 20, 2008. Retrieved April 14, 2008.
- Reuters (June 23, 2008). "Beijing to launch Olympic 'odd-even' car ban". ABC news. Archived from the original on June 25, 2008. Retrieved June 23, 2008.
- "Rogge's Message for Beijing Olympics Emblem Unveiling". People's Daily Online. August 3, 2003. Retrieved December 19, 2006.
- "'One World One Dream' selected as the Theme Slogan for Beijing 2008 Olympic Games". BOCOG. December 25, 2005. Retrieved May 5, 2007.
- "New Olympic slogan: One World, One Dream". The Sydney Morning Herald. April 27, 2005. Retrieved June 20, 2009.
- Yardley, Jim (August 13, 2007). "Beijing Olympics: Let the politics begin". The New York Times. Retrieved 30 November 2012.
- "Fuwa Fact Sheet". Retrieved May 14, 2008.
- "Pictograms of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games". BOCOG. 2006. Archived from the original on August 22, 2008. Retrieved August 22, 2008.
- "Pictograms of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games unveiled". BOCOG. August 7, 2006. Retrieved July 12, 2012.
- Beaumont, Claudine (August 1, 2008). "The first high-definition Olympics". Telegraph (London). Retrieved February 4, 2011.
- Dickson, Glen (August 4, 2008). "Network goes to great lengths to pump Beijing Olympic Games action to myriad pipes.". Broadcasting & Cable. Archived from the original on July 23, 2009. Retrieved August 17, 2008.
- "Seeing clearly: Panasonic ushers in first HDTV Game". China Daily. July 6, 2007. Retrieved March 24, 2008.
- "Report of the IOC Evaluation Commission for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in 2008" (PDF). International Olympic Committee. Archived from the original on December 29, 2003. Retrieved June 10, 2009.
- "2 Out of 3 People Worldwide Watched 2008 Beijing Olympics". Nowpublic.com. Retrieved November 29, 2010.
- "Olympics enter the '2.0' era". CNN. July 10, 2008. Archived from the original on September 8, 2008. Retrieved August 25, 2008.
- "Beijing LIVE". Archived from the original on August 22, 2008. Retrieved August 25, 2008.
- "Delighted Cooke gets gold medal". BBC News. August 10, 2008. Archived from the original on August 15, 2008. Retrieved August 25, 2008.
- Wallace, Lydia. "100,000 yuan fine for uploading Olympic videos?". Danwei.org. Retrieved November 29, 2010.
- Robertson, Campbell. "For Olympics, China Ramps Up Copyright Infringement Campaign – Rings Blog – NYTimes.com". The New York Times. Archived from the original on June 23, 2008. Retrieved February 4, 2011.
- "我国启动打击网络侵权盗版专项行动 为期四个月". News.xinhuanet.com. Retrieved November 29, 2010.
- The Beijing Olympic Torch, The Official Website of the 2008 Summer Olympics Torch Relay
- "Beijing 2008: BOCOG Announces Olympic Torch Relay Route". International Olympic Committee. April 26, 2007. Archived from the original on April 29, 2007. Retrieved April 26, 2007.
- Bowley, Graham; Sullivan, John (April 9, 2008). "Officials Expect Olympic Torch to Continue on Route". The New York Times. Retrieved February 4, 2011.
- "Vietnamese cheer torch, last int'l stop". USA Today. April 29, 2008. Retrieved June 20, 2009.
- Zinser, Lynn (March 27, 2009). "I.O.C. Bars International Torch Relays". New York Times. Archived from the original on April 23, 2009. Retrieved March 28, 2009.
- "Beijing 2008 Olympic Torch Relay Planned Route and Torch Design unveiled". BOCOG. April 26, 2007. Retrieved April 26, 2007.
- Samuel, Henry (April 7, 2008). "Olympic torch extinguished three times". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved June 20, 2009.
- "Confusion strikes US torch relay". BBC News. April 9, 2008. Retrieved February 4, 2011.
- "Organizers not saying why torch's arrival in Tibet delayed". ESPN. June 16, 2006. Retrieved June 20, 2009.
- "China to build highway on Mt Everest for 2008 Olympics". The Hindu (India). June 20, 2007. Retrieved June 25, 2007.
- McCarthy, Michael; Geldard, Jack (March 17, 2008). "Climbers banned from Everest as China seeks to stop protests on summit". The Independent (London). Archived from the original on April 5, 2008. Retrieved March 23, 2008.
- "Nepal: Everest pro-Tibet protesters may be shot". CNN. April 20, 2008. Retrieved June 20, 2009.
- "Taiwan rejects 'domestic' Olympic torch route". Taiwan Journal. May 4, 2007. Archived from the original on April 11, 2008. Retrieved August 15, 2007.
- "Olympic torch will bypass Taiwan". BBC News. September 21, 2007. Retrieved June 20, 2009.
- "Olympic Games Competition Schedule". BOCOG. Archived from the original on June 18, 2007. Retrieved July 5, 2007.
- "Opening Ceremony plan released". Official website. August 6, 2008. Archived from the original on August 8, 2008. Retrieved August 8, 2008.
- "The Number Eight And The Chinese". Archived from the original on April 27, 2007. Retrieved April 22, 2007.
- "Zhang Yimou and his five creative generals". Beijing2008.cn. August 23, 2007. Archived from the original on April 28, 2009. Retrieved June 5, 2009.
- "Olympics opening ceremony to have 15,000 performers". The Hollywood Reporter. July 21, 2007. Retrieved December 12, 2012.
- "China Celebrates Opening Of Summer Olympics : NPR". Archived from the original on September 11, 2009. Retrieved September 9, 2009.
- "Fears, foul-ups and triumphs at past Olympic openings". Reuters. August 7, 2008. Retrieved June 5, 2009.
- "China strides onto Olympic stage". ESPN. August 8, 2008. Retrieved June 5, 2009.
- "Press hails 'greatest ever' Olympic opening show". Agence France-Presse. August 9, 2008. Retrieved August 9, 2008.
- "Verbruggen: Opening Ceremony a grand success". Beijing2008.cn. August 9, 2008. Archived from the original on April 28, 2009. Retrieved June 5, 2009.
- "A 2008 Summer Olympics primer". New York Daily News. August 10, 2008. Retrieved June 8, 2009.
- "Beijing 2008: Games Programme Finalised". International Olympic Committee. April 27, 2006. Retrieved June 7, 2009.
- "Programme of the Games of the XXIX Olympiad, Beijing 2008" (PDF). International Olympic Committee. Retrieved November 25, 2012.
- IOC Sport Pages The list of Olympic Sports is provided at www.olympic.org. The link for each sport provides further links the disciplines of the sport, if applicable.
- Wushu Tournament Beijing 2008 to begin August 21 – Beijing 2008, 05/08/08
- "London Takes Over as Olympic Host". The BBC. August 24, 2008. Archived from the original on January 12, 2009. Retrieved January 10, 2009.
- Crary, David (August 24, 2008). "The final count: China's gold rush". NBCOlympics.com (NBC). Associated Press. Retrieved June 6, 2009.
- "Beijing 2008, Medals table". BBC. August 14, 2008. Retrieved May 17, 2009.
- "Afghans win first Olympic medal". BBC Sports. June 5, 2009. Archived from the original on August 21, 2008. Retrieved August 20, 2008.
- "Mauritian delight at first ever medal". Times of India (India). August 22, 2008. Retrieved June 5, 2009.
- Osman, Mohamed (August 24, 2008). "Darfur runner wins Sudan's first Olympic medal". The New York Times. Archived from the original on July 14, 2011. Retrieved June 5, 2009.
- Talmadge, Eric (August 11, 2008). "Italy, Azerbaijan win golds". The New York Times. Retrieved June 5, 2009.
- "Togo claims first Olympic medal". BBC News. August 12, 2008. Retrieved June 5, 2009.
- "Naidan wins Mongolia's first gold". BBC News. August 14, 2008. Retrieved June 5, 2009.
- "Liu out, Isinbayeva gets world record". The New York Times. August 18, 2008. Retrieved June 5, 2009.
- "Serbian PM congratulates swimmer on winning medal in Beijing Olympics". Chinaview.cn. August 17, 2008. Retrieved June 5, 2009.
- "Bolt surges to gold in new record". BBC Sport. 16 August 2008. Retrieved 7 January 2013.
- Scwartz, Alison (30 August 2012). "Gabby Douglas poses with Nastia Liukin, Carly Patterson, and Mary Lou Retton". People. Retrieved 7 January 2013.
- "National Olympic Committees". International Olympic Committee. Retrieved March 11, 2008.
- "Beijing 2008". Olympic Games. International Olympic Committee. Archived from the original on June 10, 2009. Retrieved June 6, 2009.
- "Robert Meets IOC President". ONOC. April 2, 2005. Archived from the original on October 18, 2005. Retrieved December 17, 2006.
- "Two new National Olympic Committees on board!". International Olympic Committee. July 6, 2007. Archived from the original on November 12, 2007. Retrieved July 8, 2007.
- "IOC: Kosovo Olympic Team 'Unlikely'". Associated Press. February 18, 2008. Archived from the original on February 5, 2009. Retrieved February 20, 2008.
- "2008 United States Olympic Team Entered Into XXVIV Olympic Games in Beijing, China". United States Olympic Committee. July 24, 2008. Retrieved June 15, 2009.
- "Host China announces biggest-ever Olympic team of 639 athletes". Xinhua News. July 25, 2008. Archived from the original on June 17, 2009. Retrieved November 28, 2012.
- "IOC President to meet with world leaders". Archived from the original on September 10, 2009. Retrieved September 9, 2009.
- "Ukraine to send its largest-ever Olympic delegation to Beijing". Xinhua. 2008-07-17. Retrieved 2008-08-05.
- Callick, Rowan (August 4, 2008). "Taiwan clears Games hurdle". The Australian. Retrieved June 15, 2009.
- "Koreas 'to unify Olympics teams'". BBC. May 14, 2006. Retrieved December 17, 2006.
- "Two Koreas Make Progress in Creation of Unified Team". International Olympic Committee. September 5, 2006. Archived from the original on October 29, 2007. Retrieved September 10, 2006.
- Wilson, Stephen (August 7, 2008). "North, South Korea Fail To Broker Joint Olympics March". Associated Press. Retrieved June 15, 2009.
- "Iraq banned from Summer Olympics". CNN. July 24, 2008. Retrieved July 24, 2008.
- "Iraq banned from Beijing Olympics". BBC Sport. July 24, 2008. Archived from the original on July 25, 2008. Retrieved July 24, 2008.
- Jordans, Frank (July 29, 2008). "Olympic panel ends ban, says Iraq can go to games". USA Today. Retrieved June 20, 2009.
- "Brunei Darussalam excluded from Beijing Olympic Games". Xinhua. August 8, 2008. Archived from the original on August 13, 2008. Retrieved August 8, 2008.
- "Brunei excluded from Beijing Games". Reuters. August 8, 2008. Retrieved June 15, 2009.
- "Brunei not in China because ...". The Brunei Times. August 10, 2008. Retrieved June 15, 2009.
- "24.com – Olympics 2008 – Georgia poised to leave Beijing". September 8, 2008. Archived from the original on August 25, 2008. Retrieved August 25, 2008.
- Hart, Simon (May 4, 2008). "Dreams carry Natalie Du Toit to Beijing". London: The Telegraph. Archived from the original on May 30, 2009. Retrieved June 15, 2009.
- "Natalia: Paralympic AND Olympic athlete". Retrieved June 15, 2009.
- Yardley, Jim (July 9, 2008). "Two Concerns for Olympics – Air and Access –". The New York Times (Beijing (China)). Retrieved May 16, 2011.
- "Protestors Rally in Europe on Eve of China Olympics". Deutsche Welle. August 7, 2008. Retrieved August 9, 2008.
- "China's un-Olympic human rights record". Calgary Herald. August 9, 2008. Retrieved August 9, 2008.
- "Ji Xinpeng: Beijing welcomes you with its blue sky". China Daily. August 7, 2008. Retrieved August 8, 2008.
- Kosyrev, Dmitry (August 6, 2008). "Beijing Olympics as a diplomatic convention". RIA Novosti. Retrieved August 9, 2008.
- Newman, Saul. "Why Grandpa boycotted the Olympics". Haaretz. Archived from the original on August 14, 2008. Retrieved August 9, 2008.
- "''Interpol says Olympic terror attack 'real possibility'.'' The Globe and Mail. Accessed: April 25, 2008". The Globe and Mail (Canada). Archived from the original on May 9, 2008. Retrieved November 29, 2010.
- Interpol chief warns of Olympic terror threat. IntelAsia. Retrieved July 13, 2012
- O'Sullivan, Mike (August 10, 2008). "Bush Olympic Visit Highlights Religion in China". Voice of America. Archived from the original on July 23, 2009. Retrieved July 2, 2009.
- "Most Memorable Moments of the 2008 Beijing Olympics". AsianWeek. Retrieved August 29, 2008.
- "Olympic probe into age-fixing of Chinese gymnasts". Google. August 21, 2008. Archived from the original on December 7, 2010. Retrieved November 29, 2010.
- "2008 Chinese gymnasts cleared, but 2000 team eyed". ESPN. Associated Press. October 1, 2008. Archived from the original on October 4, 2008. Retrieved October 1, 2008.
- Stephen Hutcheon, Was China's milk scandal hushed up?, "The full list of edicts", New Zealand Herald (September 15, 2008)
- China accused over contaminated baby milk, The Daily Telegraph (September 15, 2008)
- China Says Complaints About Milk Began in 2007, The New York Times (September 23, 2008) "
- "Top events of 2008 – After the Games: China's Olympic legacy". Retrieved February 4, 2011.
- Skalij, Wally (August 24, 2008). "Beijing Olympics were logistically successful and sneaky, too". LA Times. Retrieved August 29, 2008.
- "China Launches Olympic-Size Headache". August 20, 2008. Archived from the original on August 29, 2008. Retrieved August 31, 2008.
- Jamieson, Alastair (June 22, 2009). "Beijing Olympics were the most polluted games ever, researchers say". The Daily Telegraph (London). Archived from the original on June 26, 2009. Retrieved June 26, 2009.
- April Rabkin, (August 1, 2008). "→Beijing Olympic Games all about China, Chinese Leaders keen to impress, inspire their own people". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved March 17, 2010.
- Gardner, Dinah (August 25, 2008). "China's Olympic legacy". Archived from the original on August 29, 2008. Retrieved August 29, 2008.
- "China's new rulers, Princelings and the goon state, The rise and rise of the princelings, the country’s revolutionary aristocracy". The Economist. April 14, 2011. Retrieved July 22, 2012.
- "Democrats perform well despite 'Olympic factor' in Hong Kong elections". September 8, 2008. Archived from the original on June 10, 2009. Retrieved June 6, 2009.
- Higgins, Andrew (January 11, 2012). "China denounces ‘Hong Konger’ trend". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 22, 2012.
- McDonald, Mark (July 15, 2012). "‘Ruin Porn’ — the Aftermath of the Beijing Olympics". The New York Times. Retrieved July 21, 2012.
- "Beijing's economy – Going for gold". The Economist. August 25, 2008. Archived from the original on August 28, 2008. Retrieved August 29, 2008.
- Stelter, Brian (July 21, 2008). "Networks Fight Shorter Olympic Leash". The New York Times. Archived from the original on September 3, 2008. Retrieved July 21, 2008.
- "List of decisions of the 2006 General Assembly" (PDF). Fédération Internationale d'Escrime. April 8, 2006. Retrieved June 7, 2009.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: 2008 Summer Olympics|
- "Beijing 2008". Olympic.org. International Olympic Committee.
|Summer Olympic Games
XXIX Olympiad (2008)