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Beijing 2008: Games of the XXIX Olympiad 

A major international multi-sport event that took place in Beijing, China, from 8 to 24 August 2008.
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Motoko Fujimoto ...
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Ayumi Karino ...
Yukiyo Mine ...
Rei Nishiyama ...
Mika Someya ...
Dante Amaral ...
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Marcelo Elgarten ...
Gustavo Endres ...
Murilo Endres ...
Gilberto Godoy Filho ...
Samuel Fuchs ...
Sergey Grankin ...
André Heller ...
Vadim Khamuttskikh ...
Kosuke Kitajima ...
Aleksandr Korneev ...
Aleksandr Kosarev ...
Aleksey Kuleshov ...
Maxim Mikhaylov ...
André Nascimento ...
Aleksey Ostapenko ...
Semyon Poltavskiy ...
Bruno Rezende ...
Anderson Rodrigues ...
Rodrigo Santana ...
Sergio Santos ...
Sergey Tetyukhin ...
Aleksey Verbov ...
Aleksandr Volkov ...
Leisel Jones ...
Matey Kaziyski ...
Asami Kitagawa ...
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Lloy Ball ...
Alain Bernard ...
James Blake ...
Gabriel Gardner ...
Ian Hanomansing ...
Kevin Hansen ...
Thomas Hoff ...
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Richard Lambourne ...
Ron MacLean ...
Ryan Millar ...
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William Priddy ...
Stephanie Rice ...
Sean Rooney ...
Riley Salmon ...
Clayton Stanley ...
Sebastian Swiderski ...
Scott Touzinsky ...
Haruka Ueda ...
Michal Winiarski ...
Ming Yao ...
Pawel Zagumny ...
Mirko Corsano ...
Katie Hoff ...
Natalia Ishchenko ...
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Tae-Hwan Park ...
Anna Pavlova ...
Rebecca Soni ...
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A major international multi-sport event that took place in Beijing, China, from 8 to 24 August 2008.

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Pekin 2008: 29. letnie igrzyska olimpijskie  »

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In Beijing 2008: Games of the XXIX Olympiad (2008) American swimmer, Michael Phelps won a gold medal in all eight swimming events, (he and three other American men, were in three relays) participated in five solo events and three team events. Michael Phelps's eight gold medals, in all eight events, surpassed Mark Spitz's record of seven, Mark Spitz was "7 for 7" in 1972's Olympic games, in Munich, Germany, 100%. Michael Phelps was "8 for 8 in 2008" = 100% All 8 events & dates. In order, they were First gold medal: (solo) Sunday, August 10th, 2008, 400 meter individual medley. Second gold medal: (team) Monday, August 11th, 2008. 4 by 100 freestyle relay. Third gold medal: (solo) Tuesday, August 12th, 2008, 200 meter freestyle race. Fourth fold medal: (solo) Wednesday, August 13th, 2008, 200 meter butterfly. Fifth gold medal: (team) Wednesday, August 13th, 2008, 4 by 200 freestyle relay. Sixth gold medal: (solo) Friday, August 15th, 2008, 200 individual medley race. Seventh gold medal: (solo) 100 meter butterfly, [his narrowest victory was won by 0.01], Saturday, August 16th, 2008. Eighth gold medal: (team) 4 by 100 medley relay, Sunday, August 17th, 2008. See more »

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Shoulda been there...
25 January 2009 | by See all my reviews

This is a review of the Opening Ceremonies DVD produced by NBC. None of the actual competition is on this DVD.

I'm sure its hard to even partially capture the monstrous spectacle of an Olympiad, still harder to condense it into bite-size segments for viewing on even a widescreen TV. Nonetheless, and unfortunately, the NBC produced DVD of the Opening Ceremonies actually does the spectacle a disservice.

Essentially, this DVD came straight from the NBC airwaves. It is not the entire ceremony, but has been edited, apparently for "American" audiences. Worse still, it has been overlaid with the banal commentary of the NBC announcers. The only saving grace is that the commercials have been removed.

We can hope that the Beijing Olympic Committee will see an opportunity to produce a complete, full length, and untainted version of the opening ceremonies. But until then this is the best we have, and it still gets only a 4, not because the ceremonies were unimpressive, but because the DVD is decidedly sub-par.


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