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American 'Redeem Team' Wins Basketball Gold

Sun, 24 Aug 2008 11:37:34 EST

They came, they saw ... they survived. Though the "Redeem Team" didn't close with the grand flourish some had hoped, the American men's basketball team completed its return to the top of the mountain with a 118–107 triumph over Spain today to win the Olympic gold medal. This game felt like a coronation after the Americans had pulverized all comers to date, but the Spanish team didn't seem to get the script and nearly pulled a shocking upset of a team it had lost to by 37 points in Pool play...



Wansiru First Kenyan To Win Olympic Men's Marathon

Sat, 23 Aug 2008 23:21:54 EST

BEIJING — Samuel Wansiru pulled away over the final few miles Sunday to become the first Kenyan in the storied running history of that nation to win an Olympic marathon. The 21-year-old negotiated the 26.2-mile (42.15-kilometer) course through the Beijing streets in bright morning sunshine in an Olympic record of 2 hours, 6 minutes, 32 seconds. It was just the third marathon for Wansiru, also known as Wanjiru, who twice broke the world half-marathon record last year. Two-time world champion...



American Women's Basketball Wins Fourth Straight Gold

Sat, 23 Aug 2008 23:43:12 EST

BEIJING (AP) — Lisa Leslie and the American women's basketball team were once again too good for Australia at the Olympics. Leslie capped off her illustrious Olympic career with a fourth straight gold medal scoring 14 points in a 92-65 victory against Australia on Saturday night. She joined former teammate Teresa Edwards as the only basketball players ever to win four gold medals. "It's a blessing for me to be out on this floor, now participating in my fourth Olympics and walking away with a...



After Series of Debacles, U.S. Looks for Redemption

Fri, 22 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

Any American track and field fan, or even the casual viewer of NBC's truncated coverage of the Beijing Olympics, can realize our athletes have offered dismal performances in their individual events. It couldn't get any worse, right? This column should be about sports, but for a moment, it will digress into an obituary notice for the American track and field team. Yesterday, the Americans did finally set a record of epic proportions, an American record never achieved since the modern Olympic...



Third Gold for Bolt as Jamaica Wins Relay

Fri, 22 Aug 2008 10:21:54 EST

BEIJING — In yet another mind-boggling display of speed, Usain Bolt set another world record and won another Olympic gold medal, and this time got to share the glory with his Jamaican teammates. Bolt and Asafa Powell blew away the field over the last two legs of the 400-meter relay today, leading Jamaica around the track in 37.10 seconds to break the 16-year-old world record by 0.3 second. Bolt is now 3-for-3 in these Olympic sprints — as in three gold medals and three world records. The bonus...



Americans Rogers, Dalhausser Win Volleyball Gold

Fri, 22 Aug 2008 08:38:16 EST

BEIJING — Phil Dalhausser blocked out the score, the sun, and the Brazilian beat that shook the Olympic beach volleyball gold medal game. Then he blocked just about everything else. Dalhausser rejected three straight shots in the decisive set to turn a tight match into a blowout, then did it again on the championship point today to give the Americans the sport's first Olympic gold medal sweep. "I got in a zone, I guess," Dalhausser said. "I blocked it all out. It's just one of those things...



Project 119 Didn't Work Despite China's Gold Lead

Fri, 22 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

China is about to accomplish its goal of winning the most gold medals of any nation at the Beijing Olympics. But China's athletes haven't done it the way their state-run athletic program thought they would. At the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, 119 gold medals were awarded in track and field, swimming, and outdoor water sports. China won only one of those, in perhaps the most obscure track and field event, the women's 20-kilometer race walk. So the Chinese sports program went on a mission to get...



American Women's Soccer Team Grabs Gold

Thu, 21 Aug 2008 13:03:08 EST

BEIJING — Outplayed and overwhelmed for most of the night, the Americans got the only shot they needed. Olympic champions, once again. Carli Lloyd scored in the sixth minute of extra time tonight, Hope Solo bailed out her teammates time and again, and America beat Brazil 1-0 to win the gold medal in women's soccer for a third time in four Olympics. As the final whistle sounded, the Americans charged across the field, hugging anyone in sight. Someone handed out flags, and several players took...



American Women Win Gold in Beach Volleyball

Thu, 21 Aug 2008 00:48:40 EST

BEIJING — The Chinese and the wretched Beijing weather were no match for Misty May-Treanor and "Six Feet of Sunshine." May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh won their second consecutive gold medal in beach volleyball today, playing through a steady and sometimes driving rain to beat China in straight sets and extend their winning streak to 108 matches in a row. The Americans defeated Wang Jie and Tian Jia 21-18, 21-18 to repeat their Athens victory and confirm their dominance of the sport. They did not...



American Relay Teams Flub Baton Handoffs

Thu, 21 Aug 2008 11:33:17 EST

BEIJING —The American men and women both dropped the baton in the Olympic 400-meter relays today and failed to advance out of the first round. First, men's anchor Tyson Gay, part of the American team that won the relay at last year's world championships, did not get the red metal stick from third-leg runner Darvis Patton. Then, about 25 minutes later, women's anchor Lauryn Williams flubbed her exchange with Torri Edwards, their baton dropping to the ground, too. At the 2004 Olympics, Williams...



American Softball Team Denied Gold, Loses 3-1 to Japan

Thu, 21 Aug 2008 09:34:43 EST

BEIJING — Losing for the first time since 2000, the American softball team was denied a chance for a fourth straight gold medal today, beaten 3-1 by Japan in the sport's last appearance in the Olympics for at least eight years — and maybe for good. Japan's remarkably resilient right-hander, Yukiko Ueno, shut down the Americans and handed them their first loss since September 21, 2000 at the Sydney Games. America had won 22 straight since then, most of them with outrageously lopsided scores...



More Jamaican Dominance in Women's 200

Thu, 21 Aug 2008 08:04:57 EST

BEIJING — It was Jamaica Night again at the Bird's Nest, and this time Veronica Campbell-Brown did the honors. The defending Olympic champion capped a Jamaican sweep of the four men's and women's Olympic sprint races today, routing Allyson Felix of America to the finish line in 21.74 seconds to win by 0.19 second. Reggae music filled the stadium — is the CD worn out yet? — as Campbell-Brown celebrated with her country's flag, much the way Usain Bolt did with his world record-setting wins in the...



Track And Field's New Savior Bolts Past the Competition

Thu, 21 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

It wasn't a shock. A victory was predicted. But it was a staggering achievement indeed, best described as "the bolt heard round the world," as Jamaican Usain Bolt delivered yesterday what was expected of him: an astonishing 19.30 to win Olympic gold in the 200-meter sprint in Beijing. Bolt's time breaks the 12-year-old world and Olympic record of 19.32, set in Atlanta by the legendary Michael Johnson. Let it be known that this young man — Bolt turns 22 today — begins the process of vanquishing...



Argentina Is Redeem Team's Last Remaining Test

Thu, 21 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

Bang. Swish. Swish. Swish. Free throw. Layup. Layup. Swish. Ballgame. In the blink of an eye, America turned a competitive game against Australia into a laugher, going on a 19-0 run bridging halftime to turn a tight, feisty game into a 116-85 rout and advance to the semifinals of the men's Olympic basketball tournament. It was part of a day that couldn't have gone better for the U.S. — not only did they win easily, but their two main rivals for the gold medal, Spain and Argentina, both suffered...



Bolt Breaks 200 Record, Sweeps Sprint Double

Wed, 20 Aug 2008 10:33:35 EST

BEIJING — Usain Bolt of Jamaica broke the world record by winning the 200 meters in 19.30 seconds today, becoming the first man since Carl Lewis in 1984 to sweep the 100 and 200 gold medals at an Olympics. Bolt is the first man ever to break the world marks in both sprints at an Olympics. Not even Lewis or Jesse Owens managed that. Showing what he can do when he runs at full speed all the way through the finish — something he hadn't done yet in the Beijing Games — Bolt eclipsed the old record...



China's Wang Looks To Make Up for Failure at Athens

Thu, 21 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

When American sports fans think of athletes who choke under pressure, they might remember a missed field goal by Scott Norwood or botched ground ball by Bill Buckner. Chinese sports fans think of Wang Hao. Wang is the no. 1 ranked player in the world in table tennis, which is one of the most popular sports in China and a sport the Chinese have traditionally dominated, winning 18 of the 22 gold medals awarded since it became an Olympic sport. But Wang's loss to South Korea's Ryu Seung Min in the...



American Men's Volleyball Team Heads to Semifinals

Wed, 20 Aug 2008 14:47:59 EST

BEIJING — The U.S. men's volleyball team came from behind to defeat Serbia in five sets and remain undefeated in Beijing. The 20-25, 25-23, 21-25, 25-18, 15-12 victory today propels the America into the semifinal round against Russia. The American team overcame tragedy to win all five of its matches in preliminary pool play. Serbia went 2-3 to advance to the quarterfinals...



Kobe Leads American Team to Semis

Wed, 20 Aug 2008 13:37:16 EST

BEIJING — Don't doubt this American men's basketball team — and sure don't challenge them, either. Especially if it's going to make Kobe Bryant flash his NBA MVP form. Bryant scored 25 points in his best game in Beijing, and the men's American Olympic team advanced to the semifinals by beating Australia 116-85 today. America will play defending champion Argentina or Greece on Friday night for a spot in Sunday's gold medal game. Locked in what looked like another tough game in Australia, the...



Champion Chinese Hurdler Drops Out of 110-Meter Event

Mon, 18 Aug 2008 00:08:22 EST

BEIJING — In any other city, at any other stadium, under any other circumstances, Liu Xiang might not have shown up at all. His right hamstring's been bothering him for months. A tendon in his right foot flared up a couple of days ago. This, however, was far from any old setting. This was the Bird's Nest, the 91,000-seat centerpiece of the Olympics. The Beijing Olympics. And this was a moment, shortly before lunchtime Monday, that Liu's country of 1.3 billion had anticipated for years: China's...



For American Softball Team, 1 More Game for Gold

Wed, 20 Aug 2008 10:29:30 EST

BEIJING — For the American softball team, there's one more game for gold, and then one last goodbye. The Americans are marching toward their fourth straight gold medal in the sport's swan song at the Olympics for at least eight years. Throughout these games, the Americans had been routing one nation after another — hardly breaking a sweat — until today. Japan pushed them to extra innings before America scored four runs in the ninth to win 4-1, earning the spot in the gold medal game. Their...



American Dawn Harper Wins Gold in Hurdles

Tue, 19 Aug 2008 11:31:25 EST

BEIJING — Dawn Harper of America has won the women's 100-meter hurdles at the Beijing Olympics. Harper won in a personal best 12.54 seconds today after American teammate Lolo Jones, who had a clear lead, was knocked off balance when she hit the next-to-last hurdle. Australia's Sally McLennan got the silver medal in a photo finish; both she and Canada's Priscilla Lopes-Schliep crossed in 12.64, but when the time was extended to thousandths of a second, it showed McLennan was faster. Jones, the...



Phelps Wins 8th Gold Medal, Breaks Tie With Spitz

Sat, 16 Aug 2008 23:37:17 EST

BEIJING — Cheering from the pool deck, Michael Phelps won his record eighth gold medal of the Beijing Games on Sunday to become the grandest of Olympic champions. Jason Lezak held on to the lead Phelps gave him, anchoring the United States to a world record in the 400-meter medley relay against an Australian team that did its best to spoil history. But Phelps, with a big hand from three teammates, would not be denied. He eclipsed Mark Spitz's seven-gold performance at the 1972 Munich Games, an...



Liukin Edges Johnson for Gymnastics Gold

Fri, 15 Aug 2008 10:15:55 EST

BEIJING (AP) — No runner-up finish to her friend and rival this time. Nastia Liukin won the biggest prize of all. Liukin edged teammate Shawn Johnson for the all-around gold in women's gymnastics Friday in an intense matchup that lived up to its billing at the Beijing Games. Liukin finished with 63.325 points, a mere six-tenths ahead of Johnson, the reigning world champion who beat Liukin at the American championships and Olympic trials only a few weeks ago. Yang Yilin of China won the bronze...



Torres Wins Silver in 50 Freestyle

Sat, 16 Aug 2008 22:51:44 EST

BEIJING — Dara Torres was denied an improbable gold medal Sunday morning by one-hundredth of a second — the same margin that kept Michael Phelps on course to break Mark Spitz's record. The 41-year-old Torres, a five-time Olympian and the oldest American swimmer ever, settled for a silver when Germany's Britta Steffen nipped her at the wall in the 50-meter freestyle to complete a sweep of the women's sprint events in Beijing. Torres smiled, her head dropping back, when she saw a time of 24.07...



Australia Wins Gold in Women's 400 Relay, Sets World Record

Sat, 16 Aug 2008 23:19:43 EST

BEIJING — Australia has defeated the United States to win the women's Olympic 400-meter medley relay in a world-record time. Emily Seebohm, Leisel Jones, Jess Schipper and Libby Trickett finished in 3 minutes, 52.69 seconds Sunday morning, lowering the old mark of 3:55.74 set by Australia at last year's world championships in Melbourne. The Aussies won for the second consecutive Olympics. The U.S. team of Natalie Coughlin, Rebecca Soni, Christine Magnuson and Dara Torres earned the silver in 3...



Majewski Wins Shot Put for Poland

Fri, 15 Aug 2008 10:48:28 EST

BEIJING — Tomasz Majewski of Poland won the men's shot put with a career best 70 feet, 6 1/2 inches, upsetting a strong field to claim the first track and field gold medal at the Beijing Olympics. Majewski led the eight men advancing to the last three rounds Friday and produced his best mark with the next throw — 21 1/3 inches better than his pre-competition personal best. Christian Cantwell, the two-time world indoor champion, moved into second place at 61 feet, 2 1/2 inches — the only...



Away From Failures, Federer Looks at Ease in Beijing

Thu, 14 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

The Olympic tennis tournament in Beijing has hurt the summer hardcourt series in America; forced most of the world's best players to fly thousands of miles more than they would normally fly at this time of the year, and done little (at least in America) to build momentum leading up to the U.S. Open, since very little of the Olympic tournament can be found on television. But Roger Federer couldn't be happier. Federer, playing his last tournament for at least a few months as the no. 1 seed...



It's 6: Phelps Keeps Going With Another Gold Medal

Fri, 15 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

BEIJING — Michael Phelps made it 6-for-6 at the Beijing Olympics, closing in on Mark Spitz with another world-record swim this morning. Phelps dominated right from the start of the 200-meter individual medley and powered away to win in 1 minutes, 54.23 seconds. He knocked off his own mark of 1:54.80 set at last month's American trials, his sixth world record of the games. Ryan Lochte tried to pull off a daunting double, going against Phelps just 29 minutes after swimming the final of the 200...



Nadal Brings Olympic Gold Home to Spain

Sun, 17 Aug 2008 10:28:28 EST

BEIJING — As Rafael Nadal stood in front of the medal podium, his nation's flag draped across his back like a cape, he looked a little like a Spanish Superman. In tennis, he is. Already assured of the No. 1 ranking, Nadal was No. 1 at the Olympics. He won a gold medal today, overcoming two set points in the second set and holding every service game to beat Fernando Gonzalez of Chile 6-3, 7-6 (2), 6-3. The gold medal was the first ever for Spain in Olympic tennis, and another milestone in an...



Serena and Venus Win Gold in Women's Doubles

Sun, 17 Aug 2008 10:47:10 EST

BEIJING — Venus and Serena Williams kept up a family tradition today, playing together in the Olympic doubles tournament and walking away with the gold medal. Slugging winners from the baseline and slamming shots at the net, the American sisters overpowered Anabel Medina Garrigues and Virginia Ruano Pascual of Spain 6-2, 6-0. When Ruano Pascual sent the championship point long, the sisters shrieked in unison. Then they jumped for joy and hugged. "I'm so excited, I can't even speak," the...



Jamaican Women Sweep 100 Dash, Fraser Takes Gold

Sun, 17 Aug 2008 10:54:05 EST

BEIJING — Shelly-Ann Fraser completed a gold-medal Jamaican sweep of the 100-meter dashes at the Olympics today, winning the women's race in 10.78 seconds. Teammates Sherone Simpson and Kerron Stewart tied for second. Fraser's victory came a day after Usain Bolt gave Jamaica the men's title in world-record time. As extensive a tradition of stellar sprinting as Jamaica has, the Caribbean island of about 2.8 million people never had won an Olympic gold in the 100 until this weekend. Fraser won...



Tyson Gay Fails To Qualify for 100m Dash

Sat, 16 Aug 2008 09:43:41 EST

BEIJING — For Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell, it will still be a dream matchup. For Tyson Gay, a bitter disappointment. The American record-holder and defending world champion failed to make the finals of the Olympic 100-meter dash today, finishing .02 second out of fourth place in his semifinal heat and making an early exit from one of the most highly anticipated events of the Beijing Olympics. Starting in the outside lane, Gay got a good jump from the blocks and was in the mix early in the race...



Michael Phelps To Present at MTV Awards

Fri, 29 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

He does comedy, writes books, and mixes it up with the hottest stars in music and Hollywood. With all this, who needs swimming? Certainly not Michael Phelps — not anymore, at least. But as a presenter at the 2008 Video Music Awards, all that fresh Olympic bling will certainly help. The swimmer, who took home a record-breaking eight gold medals from the Beijing Games, joins Miley Cyrus, Scarlett Johansson, Lindsay Lohan, and Ciara as presenters at the September 7 VMAs telecast from Los Angeles...



Iranian Forfeit

Mon, 15 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

Iran's wheelchair basketball team forfeited a game against America over the weekend at the Paralympics in Beijing. Press reports say Iran denied the withdrawal was political, but it seems clear to just about everyone that Iran was trying to avoid the potential of a match against Israel; according to the schedule, the winner of the U.S.-Iran game would have gone on to face the winner of the Canada-Israel game. It's only the latest episode in which Iranian athletes have tried to avoid Israelis...



Beijing Sees Cleanest Air in a Decade

Tue, 2 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

BEIJING — A giant effort to clear up the skies over Beijing for the Olympics paid off with China's capital seeing its cleanest air in a decade, the city's environmental authority said yesterday. The Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau said the improvement in air pollution was mainly the result of special temporary measures that shut factories and banned cars from the roads for the Olympic Games. The clear weather continued into September, with crisp blue skies offering a rare...



Olympics Hero Phelps Splashes Down in the City

Fri, 29 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

Less than 24 hours after arriving on American soil for the first time since becoming a 14-time Olympic gold medalist, Michael Phelps was in New York yesterday for one of the first of what will be many events: a press conference at a YMCA on 14th Street, followed by a few laps in the pool with children attending a swim camp. The press conference was to publicize a $20,000 grant to the YMCA by Visa for a program called Play Every Day, which aims to encourage New York's children to become...



New Yorkers Claim Mistreatment at Hands of Chinese

Tue, 26 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

Days without potable water, hours of interrogation, sleep deprivation, and the theft of more than $20,000 in cash and equipment are among the hardships two New Yorkers say they endured as prisoners of the Chinese government during the Beijing Olympics. "They threatened our lives, threatened the lives of people we know, of our family members, and they told us that they could get us, even outside of China," a 32-year-old artist from Williamsburg, James Powderly, said yesterday. He and Thomas...



The Honor of 83rd Place

Tue, 26 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

Well, the Olympics are over and the Jewish state has not been totally disgraced. You can actually find it among the 87 countries whose athletes won medals. Don't despair as you scan the list. Israel is no. 83, behind (for alphabetical reasons) Afghanistan and Egypt, but ahead of Mauritius, Moldova, Togo, and Venezuela, all of which won a single bronze. The Israeli medalist, a young wind surfer named Shahar Tsuberi, has been widely hailed for saving Israel's honor at the same time that Israeli...



Toward a Fun Olympics

Tue, 26 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

"Closing ceremony of Beijing Olympics draws world attention, praise." That was how the Chinese press agency, Xinhua, described Sunday's final Olympic celebration, and for once they weren't exaggerating. Just before moving rapidly on to the next mass television event in Denver, American headline writers did indeed pause to heap attention and praise on China's Olympics. "As Games Close With Pageantry, U.S. and Chinese Teams Can Smile Over Successes," declared the Washington Post. These were...



Jailed U.S. Activists Return From Olympics

Mon, 25 Aug 2008 17:19:19 EST

Eight American activists jailed by the Chinese for protesting during the Olympics said today after being sent home from Beijing that they were interrogated for hours, deprived of sleep, and accused of having ties to the American government. The activists were sent home late yesterday during the closing ceremony. Some were activists and artists who demonstrated against China's occupation of Tibet; others were bloggers who photographed the protests. Speaking outside City Hall in New York, the...



Closing Ceremonies Bring Olympics to an End

Mon, 25 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

The 2008 Summer Olympics closed last night in a display of tightly scripted merriment and lavish fireworks, a final burst of pomp ending 17 days of sports and celebration that Chinese authorities organized with flawless precision and an unbending security clampdown. Over two hours, Chinese organizers dazzled the 90,000 in attendance at the National Stadium. Placido Domingo sang a duet with Song Zuying, a favorite songbird of Communist Party elders; acrobats bounced about on pogo sticks; drums...



The Chinese Olympic Mask

Mon, 25 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

Many Chinese who have entered the ranks of the middle class are fond of collecting masks made of porcelain or jade. Having observed the Olympic events in Beijing, I am not surprised by this tradition. For what one sees in this Olympics in China is a mask that conceals an unpleasant reality. From fireworks that were artfully computerized at the opening ceremony even though they weren't real to some of the Chinese gymnasts that are supposedly underage to the faux singer who merely looked like the...



Mixed Legacy Likely as China's Olympics Conclude

Mon, 25 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

BEIJING — China completed its stint as Olympic host yesterday with a superstar-studded closing ceremony that capped a 16-day pageant of state-of-the-art logistics and astounding athletic feats, set out for a curious world. The games did little, though, to erase concerns about the emerging superpower's approach to human rights. Tenor Placido Domingo was on hand, joining a Chinese soprano in a lyrical duet. Soccer icon David Beckham and graying Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page were there...



U.S. Closes Olympics With Criticism of Chinese Openness

Sun, 24 Aug 2008 17:44:15 EST

BEIJING — America said today it was disappointed the Olympics had not brought more "openness and tolerance" in China as the games ended and eight American activists were deported during closing ceremonies. The blunt American criticism — and China's harsher treatment of foreign activists — came at the end of 17 days of Olympic competition that generally went smoothly for Chinese organizers who had been nervous about security and protests. No rallies were held throughout the entire Olympics in...



Stars of Song, Sport To Top Olympic Closing Show

Sat, 23 Aug 2008 23:05:46 EST

BEIJING — A Spanish tenor, a British soccer star, and a throng of kung-fu fighters are among the scheduled closing-ceremony attractions Sunday night as China concludes its first Olympics and hands over the role of Summer Games to London. Fireworks are planned at 18 locations across the vast city, and a packed house of more than 90,000 will be on hand in the National Outdoor Stadium for the ceremony itself. Its creators have promised a more lighthearted show than the opening ceremony Aug. 8...



Gentle Olympic Critique Over Unused Protest Zones

Thu, 21 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

The International Olympic Committee is offering a meek, couched critique of China for failing to grant any permits for demonstrations in the so-called protest zones that authorities announced to coincide with the Olympics. "We would, of course, welcome that the areas are genuinely used," a spokeswoman for the IOC, Giselle Davies, told a news conference yesterday, after stressing that the zones were not the responsibility of the local committee organizing the games. China's state-run news...



China's Determination In the Gold Medal Race

Thu, 21 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

BEIJING — An admission: I am tired of hearing the Chinese national anthem. I know this is an immature and politically impure response, but it rankles that the Chinese government set out in such a determined and calculated manner to win the gold medal race, and that they are succeeding so brilliantly. It is also irritating that the local English-language newspapers here in China provide the daily medal count without the cumulative totals; probably no one but me bothers to do the math to see that...



China TV Network Is Big Winner of Games

Thu, 21 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

BEIJING — China's athletes may be raking in the gold medals, but the serious Olympic coin is being brought home by China's state-run broadcaster, China Central Television. CCTV stands to make hundreds of millions of dollars in profit on the Beijing Olympics, thanks to record viewership and a decade-old agreement with the International Olympic Committee that gives the government network the rights to broadcast the games at bargain-basement prices. CCTV is part of an Asian consortium, the Asian...



For Chinese Design Students, an Olympian Task

Thu, 21 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

BEIJING — No pandas, no kung fu, and no Great Wall. No paper cutting. And please, no dragons. Amid the symbolic fanfare of Beijing's Olympics, visitors to the games this month have been hard-pressed to spot many of China's most recognizable symbols. But according to the man who helped advise Beijing on its image for the games, Xiao Yong, the icons' conspicuous absence is by design. "Many of the elements that people understand and know, we wouldn't dare to use them anymore," Mr. Xiao, a...



China Launches Olympic-Size Headache

Wed, 20 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

BEIJING — By staging the most costly and smoothly executed Olympic Games in history, China has created a big headache for cities planning or aiming to host future Games, but whether the Beijing Olympics alleviate any of China's woes at home or abroad, or perhaps aggravate them, is far from clear. According to official figures, China spent almost $2 billion to build and renovate facilities directly for the Olympics and a staggering $41 billion on related infrastructure projects, including at...