from Changing China:

A reporter’s day in the life

August 20, 2008

Gold medalMy mother back in the United States thinks I'm having a great time in Beijing. She envisions me casually dropping into see the swimming and the athletics, having a relaxed lunch, and then strolling over to the next venue to catch another big event in the evening. Let me give you a run through of one day I had near the start of the Games...

from Changing China:

Beijing podcast — day 11

August 19, 2008

Tune in to the latest podcast hear about Yelena Isinbaeva's pole vault magic, open water swimming's dirty little secret and why you should never let an Australian come home with souvenirs for the kids.

from Changing China:

Who’s top of the medals table?

August 19, 2008

Phelps with the great eightAmericans looking at the medals table to the right of this blog, or on the official Games website, might be surprised to see the host country topping the chart with 39 gold medals and 68 in total.

from Changing China:

Race walking is style over substance

August 19, 2008

walker1.jpgAfter watching the men's nail biting, down-to-the-wire 20 km race walk, I'm still not convinced this sport belongs in the Olympics.

from Changing China:

An Olympic wrestling match

August 19, 2008

Olympic wrestlingIf you have been to the daily Olympic press briefing by Games organisers you'd think there was a war on around the venues and not a well-run Olympic Games, packed with memorable moments.

from Changing China:

Sorting out your madisons from your keirins

August 19, 2008

A cyclist practises at the velodromeFiguring out the rules for the points race at the Olympic cycling, you need a calculator and a cool head. It is over by the time you have worked out what is going on.

from Changing China:

Beijing Games: picture of the day

August 18, 2008

Liu Xiang pulls the numbers off

Gary Hershorn writes: Without question the story of the day is Liu Xiang walking off the track.

from Changing China:

Isinbayeva’s golden moment

August 18, 2008

Isinbayeva breaking the world record

After the shock of Liu Xiang's departure from the Games through injury, fans in the Bird's Nest were given a golden moment to compensate at least slightly, as the peerless Yelena Isinbayeva broke her own world record in the pole vault.

from Changing China:

Was Bolt celebration over the top?

By Sean Maguire
August 18, 2008

Bolt celebratesWas Usain Bolt's theatrical exuberance before, during and after his 100 metres final appropriate for a man who gave a devastating performance that broke his own world record?

from Changing China:

Let’s not get our bikini bottoms in a twist

August 18, 2008

Beach volleyballersSweeping the blogosphere, there are two divergent camps when it comes to beach volleyball.