The Torch Has Arrived – Beijing 2008 – 08.08.08 08:08

Posted on Friday, August 8th, 2008 by

The 2008 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXIX Olympiad, will be celebrated in Beijing, People’s Republic of China from August 8 to August 24, 2008. 10,500 athletes from 205 countries are expected to compete in 302 events in 28 sports. The opening ceremony of the Olympics in Beijing will be held in the Beijing National Stadium, and will begin at 8:08 PM. The Olympic slogan, One World, One Dream, calls upon the world to unite in the Olympic spirit. Enjoy our Olympic Faves!

Beijing 2008 Official Site – It is said that in order to prepare for the games China invested nearly $40 billion, it is a shame they haven’t invested part of it in creating a fun and appealing official site. The official site is quite dull and lacks a professional touch. However it is still the official site, maybe you will like it – I doubt it.

Collectors Item – The Official Beijing 2008 Olympic Teddy Bear Mascots. I wouldn’t be surprised if these are sold in the future as collectors’ items for more than their current face value. The 5 names of the Teddy Bear’s form the Chinese phrase “Bei Jing Huan Ying Ni“, which means “Beijing Welcomes You”.

NBC Olympics – The NBC Olympics website offers full coverage of the Olympic games. The site is very useful and is easy to navigate through, it features all your Olympic needs, such as: athlete profiles, daily online blogs, videos, photos, countries participating, sport events, a comprehensive schedule and online results. If you are an Olympic enthusiastic, this is the place for you. Additional coverage is brought to you by Yahoo Olympics and AOL Olympics. May the best man/woman/team win.

Team USA – 595 athletes will represent the United States at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The U.S. Olympic Committee’s mission involves training, entering and underwriting the full expenses for the U.S. teams. Meet The Team!

Time and Date – What is the time in Beijing? Time and Date offers not only Beijing time but an easy to use world major cities time.

Impossible is Nothing – Adidas is one the major Olympic sponsor’s, the Olympic campaign (and many other Adidas campaigns) is followed by a powerful slogan – Impossible is Nothing.  I love this slogan, it goes far beyond the spirit of sports and competitions. It is a way of thinking, a way of living. Make sure you enter the site and walk through the videos, they are inspiring. It is always interesting analyzing things backwards – Nothing is Impossible. Do you feel me?

Olympic Legends Crossword Puzzle – Throughout the history of the Olympics, athletes have used the Games as a stage to shine. But a special few have seized the moment, sometimes several moments. They have enthralled us with their achievements. Check your knowledge by solving a fun Olympic Legends crossword puzzle. Who is you fave legend?

Legendary Olympians – Learn more about 20 special men and women around the world who have earned their place in history as some of the greatest athletes of all time. Mark Spitz is my fave legend – The U.S. swimmer’s haul of seven gold medals (four in individual events, three in team competition) in Munich 1972, remains the greatest tally ever achieved by an athlete at a single Olympiad. It is said that Michael Phelps has a chance of becoming the new swimming legend and even break Mark Spitz’s record and bring home 8 gold medals. Michael – take in mind that winning eight, starts with winning the first. Make sure you don’t miss the first and most exciting race. The men’s 400 Individual Medley (All four strokes are swam in the following order: butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyle), which goes off at 10 AM Sunday morning (10 PM EST, Saturday).

Olympic History – The Olympic Games are an international multi-sport event. The Modern Olympic Games were inaugurated in Athens in 1896, and are held at the beginning of every Olympiad. At the first Olympics, a total of 14 nations competed, including the United States, Australia, Chile and 11 European countries. The US is the most honored medalist country and until the current Beijing Olympic has aggregated 2197 medals. View all time medals by countries.

Paralympic Games – The 2008 Summer Paralympic Games, the thirteenth Paralympics, will be held in Beijing, China from September 6 – 17, 2008. About 4,000 athletes from 145 countries are expected to take part. It would be the largest ever number of nations at the Paralympics (nine more than in Athens).

Olympic Daily Photos – DayLife presents a wide view of what’s out there, and let you dive in for more. DayLife will simplify all your visual Olympic needs by gathering news from thousands of news sources across the world and organizing it into a landscape of related stories, quotes and images of every perspective. This is a site that I will definitely visit on a daily basis through the Olympics. It is relevant, accurate and the pictures are simply astonishing. The torch has arrived!

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