2008 Olympics



Michael Phelps broke the Olympic medals record Tuesday with his 19th as the United States romped to a dominating win in 4x200-meter freestyle relay at the London Games. (07/31/2012)

NPR Coverage

Pictures from the opening and closing ceremonies and each day of competition, as well as photos of swimmer Michael Phelps and gymnastics.
Ever since Michael Phelps clinched his eighth gold medal at the Beijing Olympics, analysts have debated the swimmer's place in the sports pantheon. But Frank Deford says it's impossible to compare Phelps to other sports greats, past or present.
U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps continued his quest for a record seven gold medals in a single Olympics, winning the 200-meter individual medley. And Americans Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson took gold and silver in the women's individual all-around gymnastics competition.
Amid pollution, protests and impressive pomp and circumstance, the opening ceremony kicked off the Beijing Olympics Friday. More than 90,000 visitors were in attendance.
This is the costliest Olympics ever, with the top 12 sponsors spending around $866 million. But marketers say many Chinese still can't identify who the official sponsors are. And many are asking if the investment is worth it.

MPR Coverage

British Olympic Association chief executive Andy Hunt has predicted that the 2012 Olympics will be the "Twitter Games," and those responsible for London's network of fiber optic cables, phone masts and Wi-Fi hotspots are bracing for a data deluge as the events get under way. (03/25/2012)
Sports analyst Howard Sinker will be in the studios for his traditional New Year's Day sports show. He'll look at the sports stories of the year gone by and the ones to look for in the new year. (Midday, 12/31/2008)
There was gloom for soccer power Brazil and some consolation for the United States Thursday when the American women won their soccer final 1-0 after extra time. It was the third finals failure in a row for the Brazilian women. (08/21/2008)
Usain Bolt of Jamaica hurtled to his second world record and his second Olympic gold medal, finishing the 200-meter race in 19.30 seconds to break Michael Johnson's 12-year-old mark. (08/20/2008)
Two St. Paul men won a bronze medal in the rowing competition at the Beijing Olympics, but two other athletes with Minnesota ties are out of the games. (08/18/2008)
One week after Barbara Bachman's husband was killed in a random knife attack in China that also hospitalized her with life-threatening injuries, she is back in Minnesota, at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, to continue her recovery. (08/15/2008)
2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, day 7. (08/15/2008)
Minnesota track and field athlete Shani Marks failed to qualify for the Olympic finals in the triple jump event today. (08/15/2008)
Michael Phelps won the 200-meter freestyle for his third gold medal, on pace for a record eight in a single Olympics. It was his ninth career gold, tied with Mark Spitz, Carl Lewis, Soviet gymnast Larysa Latynina and Finnish runner Paavo Nurmi for most ever. (08/12/2008)
A recent graduate of Anoka High School will compete in his first wrestling match at the Olympics Tuesday night. (08/12/2008)
Neighbors and friends are reacting with shock and sadness to the news that Todd Bachman, head of Minneapolis-based Bachman's garden center, was stabbed and killed in Beijing early Saturday. Todd Bachman's wife Barbara was seriously injured in the attack and remains hospitalized. (08/09/2008)
Sports reporter Jay Weiner is in Beijing, China, covering the Olympics for the 14th time. He joins Midday for an up-close look at the competition -- and the politics -- as the Summer Games begin on Friday. (Midday, 08/06/2008)
The road to the Olympics for one Minnesota wrestler began in New Ulm, veered north to Canada, and will head west to Beijing next month for the games. (07/02/2008)

MPR News
Radio

Listen Now

On Air

Morning Edition®

Other Radio Streams from MPR

Classical MPR
Radio Heartland

Services