The official song of the 2008 Olympics, titled "You and Me", was performed by Britain's Sarah Brightman and China's Liu Huan, on a large spinning rendition of the globe. Deutscher Schützenbund 2020. "[39], The official motto for the 2008 Olympics was "One World, One Dream" (同一个世界 同一个梦想). [d], According to Nielsen Media Research, 4.7 billion viewers worldwide tuned into some of the television coverage, one-fifth larger than the 3.9 billion who watched the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. These are the top ten nations that won medals in the 2008 Games. Four members of the water polo team from Serbia won the first medal for their country under its new name, having previously won medals representing Yugoslavia and Serbia and Montenegro. [Note 2] Two sports were open only to men, baseball and boxing, while one sport and one discipline were open only to women, softball and synchronized swimming. Gewinner im Juni-Preisrätsel „Olympia 2008“ ermittelt. It will thus be the first city to host both the Summer and Winter Games. A fleet of thousands of buses, minibuses, and official cars transported spectators, athletes, and officials between venues. [137] As the 2008 Chinese milk scandal broke in September 2008, there was widespread speculation that China's desire for a perfect Games may have been a factor contributing towards the delayed recall of contaminated infant formula. There were 28 sports and 302 events at the 2008 Games. Could the sixth be the winner? Prior to the session, five other cities (Bangkok, Cairo, Havana, Kuala Lumpur, and Seville) had submitted bids to the IOC, but failed to make the short list chosen by the IOC Executive Committee in 2000. It opened with the beating of Fou drums for the countdown. The IOC tried up until the last minute, midday Friday 8 August 2008, the day of the official opening, to have them register, but to no avail. IOC president Jacques Rogge was rather pleased with the emblem, saying, "Your new emblem immediately conveys the awesome beauty and power of China which are embodied in your heritage and your people. Average cost for the Summer Games since 1960 is US$5.2 billion. "[83], The program for the Beijing Games was quite similar to that of the 2004 Summer Olympics held in Athens. The 2008 Games were the first to be produced and broadcast entirely in high definition by the host broadcaster. Included in this expansion was a new link connecting to the city's airport. [56], The theme song of the 2008 Summer Olympics was "You and Me," which was composed by Chen Qigang, the musical director of the opening ceremony. [123], A variety of concerns over the Games, or China's hosting of the Games, had been expressed by various entities, including claims that China violated its pledge to allow open media access,[124] various supposed human rights violations,[125][126] its alleged continuous support of repressive regimes (such as Zimbabwe, Myanmar, Sudan, and North Korea), air pollution in both the city of Beijing and environs,[127] proposed boycotts,[128][129] warnings of the possibility that the Beijing Olympics could be targeted by terrorist groups,[130] disruption from Tibetan separatist protesters,[131] and religious persecutions. [59], The relay, with the theme "Journey of Harmony", was met with protests and demonstrations by pro-Tibet supporters throughout its journey. "[115][116] The IOC reversed its decision five days later and allowed the nation to compete after a pledge by Iraq to ensure "the independence of its national Olympics panel" by instituting fair elections before the end of November. The Triathlon competitions at the 2008 Summer Olympics, in Beijing, were held on Monday, August 18 (women) and Tuesday, August 19 (men), on the Triathlon Venue at the Ming Tomb Reservoir in Shisanling.. Each competitor started the event with a 1,500 metres (0.93 mi) swim course, followed by a 40 kilometres (25 mi) road bicycle race and finished with a 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) road run. The emblem combined a traditional Chinese red seal and a representation of the calligraphic character for "capital" (京 , also the second character of Beijing's Chinese name) with athletic features. These were also the third Summer Olympic Games staged in a developing country after the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City and the 1980 Olympics in Moscow. Der 1. [80] The last recipient in the Olympic Torch relay, former Chinese gymnast Li Ning ignited the cauldron, after being suspended into the air by wires and completing a lap of the National Stadium at roof height. [3] The Government of the People's Republic of China promoted the Games and invested heavily in new facilities and transport systems. She was able to compete in the Olympics rather than the Paralympics because she does not use a prosthetic leg while swimming. The 2008 Beijing Olympics caused traditional Hutong neighborhoods to be cleared for the construction of modern Olympic stadiums. Several criteria were required of each design, including flexibility for post-Olympics use, a retractable roof, and low maintenance costs. [42], The mascots of Beijing 2008 were the five Fuwa, each of which represented both a color of the Olympic rings and a symbol of Chinese culture. 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