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.
China's 51 gold medals proved its status as a sports powerhouse, and the games showed off its modernity and organization. "China has stood up in the world," one expert says.
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.
The Beijing Olympic Games have ended in a blaze of fireworks, with the largest share of gold medals going to the host country. Chinese citizens and state media said that their success in holding the games for the first time would make China a more confident and open country.
As the Summer Olympics in Beijing end, Chinese citizens considers the event a resounding success, and national pride goes beyond the gold medals won by Chinese athletes.
Pictures from the opening and closing ceremonies and each day of competition, as well as photos of swimmer Michael Phelps and gymnastics.
The last big medal event at the Beijing Olympics — the men's basketball final — was a thriller for the ages. The American "Redeem Team" got redemption by beating Spain, 118-107.
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.
Botched relay handoffs, blown leads and injuries have combined to keep the gold medal count way below expectations for the U.S. track team at the Beijing Olympics. Americans usually dominate the sprints, but Jamaica grabbed the baton and ran with it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, day 7.
Minnesota track and field athlete Shani Marks failed to qualify for the Olympic finals in the triple jump event today.
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.
A recent graduate of Anoka High School will compete in his first wrestling match at the Olympics Tuesday night.
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.
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.
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.