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2008 Beijing Summer Games

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Host City: Beijing, China (August 6, 2008 to August 24, 2008)
Opening Ceremony: August 8, 2008 (opened by President Hu Jintao)
Lighter of the Olympic Flame: Ning Li
Takers of the Olympic Oath: Zhang Yining (athlete) and Huang Liping (official)
Closing Ceremony: August 24, 2008
Events: 302 in 34 sports

Participants: 10,901 (6,290 men and 4,611 women) from 204 countries
Youngest Participant: CMR Antoinette Guedia (12 years, 300 days)
Oldest Participant: JPN Hiroshi Hoketsu (67 years, 139 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): USA Michael Phelps (8 medals)
Most Medals (Country): USA United States (110 medals)

Overview

China bid for the 2000 Olympic Games and considered themselves the favorite. They were quite upset when the bid went instead to Sydney, which put on a nonpareil Olympic Games. China returned to bid again for the 2008 Olympic Games, and was this time successful. China hoped to use the Olympics as Tokyo had in 1964 and Seoul in 1988 to prove itself to the international community. The IOC awarded the bid to Beijing despite political pressures of which it was aware – namely human rights abuses and media censorship within the nation. The international community noted this and did not forget.

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Country Medal Leaders

Rk Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 United States 36 38 36 110
2 China 51 21 28 100
3 Russia 23 21 29 73
4 Great Britain 19 13 15 47
5 Australia 14 15 17 46
6 Germany 16 10 15 41
7 France 7 16 18 41
8 South Korea 13 10 8 31
9 Italy 8 9 10 27
10 Ukraine 7 5 15 27
11 Japan 9 6 10 25
12 Cuba 2 11 11 24
13 Belarus 4 5 10 19
14 Spain 5 10 3 18
15 Canada 3 9 6 18
16 Netherlands 7 5 4 16
17 Brazil 3 4 8 15
18 Kenya 6 4 4 14
19 Kazakhstan 2 4 7 13
20 Jamaica 6 3 2 11
21 Poland 3 6 1 10
22 Hungary 3 5 2 10
23 Norway 3 5 1 9
24 New Zealand 3 2 4 9
25 Romania 4 1 3 8
26 Turkey 1 4 3 8
27 Ethiopia 4 1 2 7
28 Denmark 2 2 3 7
29 Switzerland 2 1 4 7
30 Azerbaijan 1 2 4 7
31 Czech Republic 3 3 0 6
32 Slovakia 3 2 1 6
33 Georgia 3 0 3 6
34 North Korea 2 1 3 6
35 Argentina 2 0 4 6
36 Uzbekistan 1 2 3 6
37 Armenia 0 0 6 6
38 Slovenia 1 2 2 5
39 Indonesia 1 1 3 5
40 Bulgaria 1 1 3 5
41 Sweden 0 4 1 5
42 Croatia 0 2 3 5
43 Lithuania 0 2 3 5
44 Thailand 2 2 0 4
45 Mongolia 2 2 0 4
46 Zimbabwe 1 3 0 4
47 Finland 1 1 2 4
48 Greece 0 2 2 4
49 Nigeria 0 1 3 4
50 Chinese Taipei 0 0 4 4
51 Mexico 2 0 1 3
52 Latvia 1 1 1 3
53 India 1 0 2 3
54 Ireland 0 1 2 3
55 Austria 0 1 2 3
56 Serbia 0 1 2 3
57 Portugal 1 1 0 2
58 Estonia 1 1 0 2
59 Belgium 1 1 0 2
60 Dominican Republic 1 1 0 2
61 Iran 1 0 1 2
62 Trinidad and Tobago 0 2 0 2
63 Tajikistan 0 1 1 2
64 Algeria 0 1 1 2
65 Colombia 0 1 1 2
66 Kyrgyzstan 0 1 1 2
67 Bahamas 0 1 1 2
68 Morocco 0 1 1 2
69 Panama 1 0 0 1
70 Cameroon 1 0 0 1
71 Tunisia 1 0 0 1
72 Vietnam 0 1 0 1
73 Sudan 0 1 0 1
74 Ecuador 0 1 0 1
75 South Africa 0 1 0 1
76 Malaysia 0 1 0 1
77 Iceland 0 1 0 1
78 Chile 0 1 0 1
79 Singapore 0 1 0 1
80 Mauritius 0 0 1 1
81 Moldova 0 0 1 1
82 Togo 0 0 1 1
83 Egypt 0 0 1 1
84 Israel 0 0 1 1
85 Afghanistan 0 0 1 1
86 Venezuela 0 0 1 1

Athlete Medal Leaders

Rk Athlete Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Michael Phelps (USA) 8 0 0 8
2 Natalie Coughlin (USA) 1 2 3 6
3 Nastia Liukin (USA) 1 3 1 5
4 Libby Lenton-Trickett (AUS) 2 1 1 4
5 Ryan Lochte (USA) 2 0 2 4
6 Kirsty Coventry (ZIM) 1 3 0 4
7 Shawn Johnson (USA) 1 3 0 4
8 Chris Hoy (GBR) 3 0 0 3
9 Usain Bolt (JAM) 3 0 0 3
10 Zou Kai (CHN) 3 0 0 3
11 Steph Rice (AUS) 3 0 0 3
12 Yang Wei (CHN) 2 1 0 3
13 Leisel Jones (AUS) 2 1 0 3
14 Aaron Peirsol (USA) 2 1 0 3
15 Matt Grevers (USA) 2 1 0 3
16 Kosuke Kitajima (JPN) 2 0 1 3
17 Jason Lezak (USA) 2 0 1 3
18 Rebecca Soni (USA) 1 2 0 3
19 Alain Bernard (FRA) 1 1 1 3
20 Jess Schipper (AUS) 1 0 2 3
21 Cheng Fei (CHN) 1 0 2 3
22 Yang Yilin (CHN) 1 0 2 3
23 Dara Torres (USA) 0 3 0 3
24 László Cseh, Jr. (HUN) 0 3 0 3
25 Eamon Sullivan (AUS) 0 2 1 3
26 Margaret Hoelzer (USA) 0 2 1 3
27 Katie Hoff (USA) 0 1 2 3
28 Pang Jiaying (CHN) 0 1 2 3
29 Andrew Lauterstein (AUS) 0 1 2 3

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