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    The Summer Olympics 2008
    Beijing, China



    Begins
    08/08/08
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    Let the games begin


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    ps: will keep updating this thread.. both with comments and photos..

    Last edited by suha; 08-06-2008 at 12:10 PM. Reason: Thathajaan sowwie......added Olympic mascot...fuwa
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    News Item 1:

    Sad news.. Russian Tennis star Maria Sharapova has pulled out of the Olympics because of a shoulder injury. She is also out of US Open. Get well soon, Maria..

    News Item 2:

    With Kobe spearheading the defense. and LeBron, Dwayne, Melo and Chris on the floor, the Dream Team (2008 Edition) seems to be putting on a great show so far in the preliminary games..

    Can't wait.. can't wait.. Come on guys.. put on a basketball clinic..

    Its about time !!!

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    Basketball at Olympics:

    12 teams selected from the prelims. Split in two groups: A and B. Four teams from each advance to quarterfinals round.

    Men's Basketball: Group A

    Croatia
    Iran
    Lithuania
    Argentina
    Russia
    Australia

    Men's Basketball : Group B
    China
    Greece
    Germany
    Angola
    Spain
    USA


    Women's Basketball: Group A
    Australia
    Belarus
    Brazil
    Korea
    Latvia
    Russia

    Women's Basketball: Group B
    China
    Czech Republic
    Mali
    New Zealand
    Spain
    USA

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    http://www.olympicbasketball.fiba.com/
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basketb...ummer_Olympics

    Games Begin on 9th for women and 10th for Men. Alternates each day.
    Prelim Rounds are over on 18th.. and knockout stage begins on 19th.

    Good luck USA.. Bring home the gold..

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    Indian teams aren't there in Olympic Basketball..

    Surprising that there is no Canada in either men's or women's..
    Who exactly is playing for Toronto Raptors.. Not one decent canadian team to qualify? Wow..

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    Surprising that there is no Canada in either men's or women's..
    Who exactly is playing for Toronto Raptors.. Not one decent canadian team to qualify? Wow..
    naaan team la irunthirunthaa ......olympic team la vanthiruppam..........but me busy so.......

    too bad.......USA kicked out panneetu
    நான் பெரிது நீ பெரிது என்று வாழாமல் நாடு பெரிது என்று வாழ்வோம்!

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    Doves = Shaq-Canada-O'Neal..

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    Opening cermony



































    Children of migrant workers from outlying provinces look at themselves in the mirror as they use their hands to form the Olympic Rings after watching the TV live broadcast of the Olympic Games opening ceremony



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    Wow.. Fantastic pictures.. Totally amazing..

    Good job, meri PJ.. Unga oor people.. not bad..

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    thanks for the pictures suha
    i wonder how did they move around in the dark...



    Emmons wins first gold of Olympics

    Posted August 9, 2008 13:17:00
    Updated August 9, 2008 13:24:00

    Katerina Emmons of the Czech Republic has claimed the first gold medal of the 29th Olympic Games, with a convincing victory in the women's 10m air rifle event.
    Emmons, who met and married United States shooter Matt Emmons after winning bronze at the 2004 Olympics, equalled a world record score of 400 in the qualification round and was near flawless in the final round to win the gold medal with a score of 503.5 - a new Olympic record.
    Lioubov Galkina of Russia won the silver medal with a score of 502.1.
    She had also won silver in Athens.
    Snjezana Pejcic of Croatia (500.9) won the bronze.
    Du Li of China finished a disappointing fifth.
    She had won the gold medal in Athens and was the favourite at the Olympics at home.

    நான் பெரிது நீ பெரிது என்று வாழாமல் நாடு பெரிது என்று வாழ்வோம்!

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    so far this is the expensive opening ever..........








    PHOTOGRAPHERS FOCUS ON MAKING A SPECIAL RECORD



    © IOC/J. Huet9 August 2008

    The Beijing Olympic will be the most photographed Games ever. Thousands of photographers, from all over the world, will focus on the athletes, the venues and many colorful Beijing sites.

    Elite team of two dozen
    The International Olympic Committee is employing an elite team of two dozen photographers who will take 70,000 pictures. Among them are world renowned characters, including British photographer Ian Jones. The 42-year-old from Windsor, England, who has served as the official photographer to the British and Jordanian families, is working his first Games.

    “I’ve always dreamed of covering an Olympic Games, “ said Jones. “If I can’t take part as an athlete, the next best thing is to take pictures.”

    Challenging work
    IOC photographers consider the Games are challenging to work, even for the most experienced professional.

    “We’re shooting spontaneously, trying to catch the athlete in action,” American John Huet, says. “An entire event can last only a few seconds. There’s no time to pose the athletes or to adjust the lighting. You better be prepared or you could miss the shot of the day, maybe the photograph of the Games.”

    Jones, who began taking pictures with his parent’s camera at age six, said there is friendly competition among his colleagues to take the day’s best picture.

    “There’s a deep pride in producing, what I believe, will be a memorable record of one of the most historic Games ever.”

    Creating a record
    All of the IOC photographers and technicians work under the direction of Philippe Blanchard. The IOC’s Director of Information Management is responsible for creating the official photographic record of the Games.

    “Our team is passionate about this work,” said Blanchard. “We have as much energy as the flash of a camera.”

    By year’s end the IOC team will edit down to the best 25,000 photographs and create a permanent record for the Olympic data base.”
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    One gold for India. congrats Abhinav
    தீயினால் சுட்ட புண் உள்ளாறும் ஆறாதே நாவினால் சுட்ட வடு - திருவள்ளுவ ர்

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    i missed the opening.. now I wanna watch it..
    azhagu kutty chellam unnai aLLi thookum pOdhu, un pinju viralgaL mOdhi naan nenjam udaindhu pOnaen

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    You made us proud Abhinav !!! God Bless !!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GT42jMdgZo

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    Congratulations Abhinav..

    Event: Shooting - Men's 10 m Air Rifle.. First ever individual gold for India..

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    Thank you Abhinav for making us proud !! Congratulations....
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    நான் பெரிது நீ பெரிது என்று வாழாமல் நாடு பெரிது என்று வாழ்வோம்!

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    Canada's Carol Huynh from Hazelton, B.C. wipes a tear while holding her gold medal for the women's freestyle 48kg wrestling during victory ceremonies at the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing




    Canada's Tonya Verbeek from Beamsville, Ont. smiles from the podium after winning the bronze medal in the women's freestyle 55kg wrestling


    Tonya Verbeek (R) of Canada holds her bronze medal next to gold medallist Saori Yoshida of Japan following the 55kg women's freestyle medal wrestling bouts





    Canada's men's eight rowing team pose after their gold medal win at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, August 17, 2008. From L-R: Kevin Light, Ben Rutledge, Andrew Byrnes, Jake Wetzel, Malcolm Howard, Dominic Seiterle, Adam Kreek, Kyle Hamilton and Brian Price.





    Canada's Ryan Cochrane, from Victoria, B.C., celebrates after taking the bronze medal in the men's 1500-metre freestyle




    Melanie Kok (R) and Tracy Cameron of Canada celebrate after winning bronze in the lightweight women's double sculls rowing final of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park north of Beijing






    Kevin Sullivan (L) of Canada looks up as he stands next to Bernard Lagat of the U.S. after their men's 1500m semi-final of the athletics competition in the National Stadium



    Canada's Jennifer Salling (L), Jennifer Yee (C) and Lauren Bay Regula watch from the dugout during their loss to Australia in a women's preliminaries softball game




    Randi Miller of the U.S. wins the 63 kg women's freestyle bronze medal wrestling match against Martine Dugrenier of Canada[etho kastapaddu thooki pidikiramaathi pidikiraarai]



    (R-L) Iain Brambell, Jon Beare, Mike Lewis and Liam Parsons of Canada pose with their bronze medals after the lightweight men's four rowing final of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park north of Beijing




    Canada's Melanie Kok, left, and Tracy Cameron celebrate with medals after taking the bronze medal in the Lightweight women's sculls final at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing




    Gold medallist Rafael Nadal of Spain poses with his gold medal on the podium during the awards ceremony following Nadal's victory over Fermando Gonzalez of Chile in their men's singles gold medal final tennis match during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Nadal took gold with a 6-2, 7-6, 6-3




    Dinara Safina of Russia reacts after losing a point during her women's singles final tennis match against her compatriot Elena Dementieva

    Dinara Safina of Russia celebrates after winning her women's singles semifinal tennis match against Li Na of China




    Switzerland's Roger Federer shows his gold medal to the crowd during the medal ceremony for the men's tennis doubles at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 16, 2008. Federer won the gold with playing partner
    Stanislas Wawrinka



    Britain's Rebecca Romero waves a national flag after winning the gold medal of the Track Cycling Women's Individual Pursuit event, at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing


    Bronze medallist Lesya Kalitovska of Ukraine celebrates after the women's track cycling individual pursuit race
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    Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele clocked 27:01.17 to win the Olympic Men's 10000m run

    (L-R) Seleshi Sihine (silver), Kenenisa Bekele (gold) and teammate Haile Gebreselassie celebrate.





    Shelly-Ann Fraser of Jamaica claims the Women's 100m gold in 10.78 seconds at the National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, during the Beijing 2008 Olympic Game






    Lin Dan kisses his medal. (Photo credit: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    (BEIJING, August 17) -- Men's Singles World No. 1 Lin Dan of China thrashed Malaysia's World No. 2 Lee Chong-wei 21-12, 21-8 to win the gold in the Beijing Olympic Badminton tournament on Sunday, August 17.
    The anticipated heart-pounding dream final turned out to be a frustrating exit for Lee, who was bidding for Malaysia's first Olympic gold.


    Gold medallist Rebecca Romero of Britain (R) stands on the podium with compatriot and silver medallist Wendy Houvenaghel after the women's track cycling individual pursuit race




    Gold medallist Rebecca Romero of Britain (C), silver medallist Wendy Houvenaghel of Britain (L) and bronze medallist Lesya Kalitovska of Ukraine celebrate after the women's track cycling individual pursuit race


    Click here for Up to date medal standing
    நான் பெரிது நீ பெரிது என்று வாழாமல் நாடு பெரிது என்று வாழ்வோம்!

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    No age limit to your dreams !!!!!!!

    Torres and Oksana

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    India with two more bronze.

    Vijendar lost it in Semi-finals. So one more Bronze today. Better luck next time Vijendar and Sushil Kumar.
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    Thumbs up FINAL South Korea Defeats Cuba, 3-2, to Win Baseball Gold

    FINAL South Korea Defeats Cuba, 3-2, to Win Baseball Gold





    antharum paga undara ....:agree:
    ada udunga... nan telungan thane...


    To read our inning-by-inning description of the gold medal game between Cuba and the Korea Republic, written live from New York as it happened, scroll to the bottom of this post and read back up the page. The Cubans were going for their fourth gold in this, the fifth Olympic baseball tournament. The Koreans’ previous best showing was a bronze in 2000. And with baseball being dropped as an Olympic sport, this game is truly for posterity.

    Bottom 9th Olivera leads off for the Cubans.
    He singles to left. Good start.
    So, do you bunt here?
    Enriquez, who homered earlier is up. He shows bunt but looks at a called strike.
    Now he lays down a good sac. bunt and the tying run is on second with one out.
    3-0 count on Cepeda. Bell on deck.
    Cepeda walks on 4 pitches. Bell to the plate. Runners on first and second, 1 out.
    Tense.
    Ryu throws another ball, then comes back with a strike. 1-1 count. Big swing and a miss at an outside fastball. 1-2 count.
    Count runs full. Did I mention: Tense?
    And Bell looks at a very very close pitch JUST off the outside corner.
    Bases full o’ Cubans.
    Korea’s manager comes out to talk to the umpire, with his interpreter. Are you allowed to argue balls and strikes in international baseball? Looks like it.
    Ah, actually the catcher, Minho Kang, was ejected, presumably for holding the ball for about 10 minutes in exactly the spot Ryu had hit, contending that it was a strike. He’s outta there.
    Now Korea’s got to bring in a new catcher, with the bases loaded, just one out and a one run game in the bottom of the ninth.
    They decide to make it a pair, changing the pitcher too. Chong, a submariner is on in relief. Tough spot to come in to, no? Then again, Korean submariner, what’s the worst that could happen?
    Two quick strikes on Gourriel.
    He grounds to short. Can they turn two!? YES. THEY. CAN!!
    ITS ALL OVER! Korea takes the gold! Korea takes the gold!
    No more baseball in the Olympics! No more baseball in the Olympics!
    Now let’s hear from the readers.
    The gracious Ale writes to say:
    I’m cuban and despite the result, i’m enjoying this game in a very exiting way.
    While Korean Pride adds, simply:
    JaiHind

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