Beijing memories: 10 years later (a look back at the 2008 Summer Olympics)

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Ed Odeven at the Closing Ceremony during the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Filing stories from Beijing — a dream come true — there was an abundance of memories each day. For me here are 10 unforgettable events and writings from the 2008 Summer Olympics:

Usain Bolt’s 200-meter record

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2008/08/22/olympics/bolt-blazes-to-200m-gold-in-record-19-30/#.W3tm7otG3IU

Team USA’s victory in the men’s basketball final

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2008/08/25/olympics/team-usa-back-on-top-of-basketball/#.W3tqb4tG3IU

Ryoko Tani’s reign as Olympic judo champ comes to an end

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2008/08/10/olympics/tani-falls-short-in-quest-for-gold/

Japan shocks the U.S. in softball final

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2008/08/22/olympics/japan-outplays-u-s-to-win-softball-gold/

Swimmer Kosuke Kitajima completes back-to-back double-gold medal haul

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2008/08/15/olympics/double-glory-as-kitajima-repeats-feat/#.W3tySotG3IU

Related column on the legend Kitajima

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2008/08/13/general/kitajimas-swimming-feats-inspire-a-nation

Michael Phelps’ razor-thin victory in the 100-meter butterfly, his record-tying seventh gold

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2008/08/17/olympics/phelps-wins-fly-ties-spitz-with-7th-gold/#.W3t1-MJUvIU8

A related column after Phelps’ gold medal No. 8

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2008/08/18/olympics/phelps-achievement-leaves-nothing-to-the-imagination/#.W3t3BcJUvIU

Star 110-meter hurdler Liu Xiang’s injury withdrawal brought a nation to tears

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2008/08/19/general/liu-withdrawal-shocks-fans-athletes-in-beijing/#.W3t3wsJUvIU

China gold medal-winning men’s gymnastics team brings joy and inspiration to Sichuan Province after region’s devastating earthquake

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2008/08/13/olympics/chinas-men-ace-gymnastics-japan-second/#.W3t5tsJUvIU

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Two bonus pieces

A fun-filled few hours at the beach volleyball courts

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2008/08/20/general/beach-volley-provides-good-fun-for-everyone/#.W3tzbItG3IU

Kobe Bryant, Yao Ming and others take stock of basketball’s global growth before the U.S.-China showdown at outset of Olympic tourney. A day before the Sunday clash, Kobe declared “it will be the highest-energy game I’ll ever be part of.”

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2008/08/11/general/china-u-s-matchup-shows-games-growth/

Postscript: The web archives appear to be missing a stack of articles, including a few Beijing Postcard entries that I’d like to add to this list. I hope to update it soon.

 

 

 

 

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