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)

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NPR's Frank Langfitt used to be a newspaper correspondent in Beijing. After five years away, he returned to his old neighborhood during the Olympics. What he found was a lot of new wealth. And some repression.
Pictures from the opening and closing ceremonies and each day of competition, as well as photos of swimmer Michael Phelps and gymnastics.
China's capital erupted in fireworks once again as the Beijing Olympics drew to a close. Many Chinese were proud that the games had produced memorable sports moments, but the Chinese government's handling of protests continued to draw controversy.
On the final day of the Beijing Olympics, the U.S. men's basketball team won the gold medal in an exciting victory over Spain.
NPR's Frank Langfitt, who has been in Beijing for the past two weeks, talks about how China fared as the host of the Beijing Olympics.
Some athletes have been training for a long time to go the Beijing Olympics — only they were never planning to compete. These sparring partners get many of the perks, but must swallow the disappointment of not being on the Olympic team.
Day 13 brings the U.S. softball team's gold-medal game and important contests for American women in soccer, volleyball and water polo. But it isn't all good news: The softball team, aiming for its fourth straight Olympic gold medal, had to settle for silver after an upset loss to Japan.
Natalie du Toit lost part of her left leg in a motorcycle accident. Wednesday, she swam in the first-ever Olympic open water marathon, helping to change many people's definition of "disability."
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.
A few days ago, Jason Turner's hopes for an Olympic medal were dashed by a fourth place finish in the 10-meter air pistol event. But when a North Korean shooter, who finished third, tested positive for a banned substance, Turner moved up to earn the bronze medal.

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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)

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