from Changing China:

Chinese fans not shy in picking sides

August 21, 2008

China fansChina had just lost to the U.S. but even though their team was out the crowd's cheering, jeering, floor stomping and plastic stick drumming was just warming up on a 14-hour day of men's volleyball play.

from Changing China:

Those moving medal moments…

August 21, 2008

Isinbayeva on the podiumRemember the Black Power salutes from the podium in Mexico 1968?

The 2008 Beijing Olympics medal ceremonies might not produce anything to match that, but there has been no shortage of drama so far.

from Changing China:

Criticism of Bolt is hard to fathom

August 21, 2008

Bolt celebrates

Jacques Rogge, president of the International Olympic Committee, chided Usain Bolt on Thursday for showing a lack of respect to his rivals after his sprint double at the Beijing Games.

from Changing China:

A contact sport with a vengeance

August 21, 2008

water poloIs there a more violent Olympic sport than water polo? Down at the Yingdong Natatorium it looked like the last scene of "Jaws" with all that water churning frenetically.

from Changing China:

Lightning Bolt strikes again — your views

August 20, 2008

Bolt gesturesJamaica's Usain Bolt completed a breathtaking sprint double at the Beijing Games on Wednesday, breaking the 200 metres world record that many had thought unbreakable to take his second Olympic gold medal.

from Changing China:

What’s so wrong with the sound of silence?

August 20, 2008

Fuwa noiseI might sound like a grumpy middle-aged Englishman in this blog, so be warned.

It seems like silence has been outlawed at the Beijing Olympics. Every second between every performance is filled with cheesy American rock, or the sort of music reminiscent of the moment the
hero comes to the rescue in a mediocre sub-Spielberg movie.

from Changing China:

Beijing podcast — day 12

August 20, 2008

Tune in to the unfortunately timed day 12 podcast from Beijing, recorded shortly before Usain Bolt's crack at the 200 metres, to learn about:

from Changing China:

Germans grieve with lovelorn lifter

August 20, 2008

Steiner wipes away a tearWhen super-heavyweight lifter Matthias Steiner won his first Olympic gold medal, he kissed a photo of the woman he had buried in her wedding dress last year.

from Changing China:

A cleaner Beijing would be perfect Olympic legacy

August 20, 2008

bmx biking against clear skiesFor those of us who live in Beijing, the air during the Olympics has been a real treat. It smells sweet and breathes in nicely. Even better, I feel like I can see forever -- buildings that are more than a mile away, even the purple outline of the Fragrant Hills to the west of the city. 

from Changing China:

Have the British peaked too soon?

August 20, 2008

A British feeding poleThere was a joke going around the Olympics (until yesterday evening) about how none of Britain's gold medals had been won by people standing up. Perfect for the British, no? We do like a nice sit down and a cup of tea after all.