from Changing China:

Phelps is so good the rest have their sights on silver

August 13, 2008

Phelps’s mother kisses her sonPoor Laszlo Cseh, the Hungarian who twice in these Games has finished second to Michael Phelps, was quite frank when asked by a reporter whether he had thought, during Wednesday's 200m butterfly that he could actually beat Michael Phelps.

from Changing China:

Olympics has an Audrey Hepburn moment

August 13, 2008

Rings in the ceremonyFirst it was the fireworks (see below). Now it turns out the opening ceremony to the Beijing Games had its very own Audrey Hepburn moment.

from Changing China:

You’ve won the medal, now visit the country

August 13, 2008

Boukpeti with medalTogo won its first ever Olympic medal on Tuesday, when Benjamin Boukpeti picked up a surprise bronze in the men's slalom kayak event. Now he says he's going to visit Togo.

from Changing China:

Phantastic Mr Phelps (x2)

August 13, 2008

Phelps rubs his eyes

Michael Phelps made light of goggle trouble to claim his fourth gold medal of the Games and then helped his American team win the 4 x 100 m freestyle and make it five wins from five, in fact five world records from five, at these Games.

from Changing China:

Beijing Games: picture of the day

August 12, 2008

Natalie Coughlin

Gold medallist Natalie Coughlin (C) of the U.S. wipes away tears as she stands with silver medallist Kirsty Coventry (L) of Zimbabwe and bronze medallist Margaret Hoelzer (R) of the U.S. during the medal ceremony for the women's 100 meters backstroke swimming final during the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 12, 2008. REUTERS/David Gray

from Changing China:

Does it matter if TV firework ‘footprints’ were a fix?

August 12, 2008

Organisers created a bit of a storm this morning when they revealed that parts of the spectacular firework display at the opening ceremony had been pre-recorded.

from Changing China:

A Cubist magic trick

August 12, 2008

The water cube

After years of seeing just a hole in the ground, then a mess of construction cranes, then mysterious activity going on behind barrier walls, yesterday I finally got to enter the Water Cube.

from Changing China:

Argentina to play Siberia as Batista gets lost in translation

August 12, 2008

Argentine journalists were startled to learn that their team would be playing a match against Siberia at the Olympic football tournament. At least, that is what the official translation said.

from Changing China:

Beijing podcast — day four

August 12, 2008

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from Changing China:

Step away from the crisps, sir

August 12, 2008

Presidents Bush and China Foreign Minister Yang JiechiYou don't often wonder, in all seriousness, whether opening a packet of crisps will result in instant death.