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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 Canada 3 9 7 19
14 Spain 5 10 3 18
15 Belarus 4 5 9 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 Serbia 0 1 2 3
55 Ireland 0 1 2 3
56 Austria 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 Egypt 0 0 1 1
81 Israel 0 0 1 1
82 Afghanistan 0 0 1 1
83 Venezuela 0 0 1 1
84 Mauritius 0 0 1 1
85 Moldova 0 0 1 1
86 Togo 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