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Tonight was the Closing Ceremony of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. They were some of the best games there has ever been. That’s just my humble opinion, but the stats pretty much agree with it. The XXIX Olympiad started and ended with a bang. The Chinese put on an awesome show.
In the final events, the U.S. brought home more gold. The men’s volleyball and basketball bothwon their gold medal round. Belgium ended up with 1 gold and 1 silver. I also found out some other interesting medal facts about the 2008 Olympics. (Source is Yahool! News) China’s 51 gold medals is the most since the Soviet’s won 55 in 1988 at Seoul and this is the first time since 1936 when Germany had the most golds, that a country other than the U.S. or Soviet Union topped the list. Of course, this is also a country that grooms their athletes from a very early age and aren’t given much choice in the decision.
“China has been systematically targeting every single available medal, and we’re going to have to do that in the future,” said U.S. Olympic Committee chairman Peter Ueberroth.
China, of course, has the largest population pool—1.3 billion people— from which to recruit athletes.
The Britain’s came in 4th in medal count, their best in a century. A record number of countries, 87, won medals. At least 12 nations won their first ever gold medal or medal of any color. Even the countries of Ethiopia and Kenya won medals despite unrest in their native lands. Overall, Africa won 40 medals, which is their most ever. First time medal countries include Sudan, Togo, Tajikistan, Bahrain, Mauritius and Afghanistan. Other countries like Mongolia, Panama, South Korea, Brazil and Tunisia either brought home their first ever gold medal or gold medal in a particular sport.
One last note before I close out my Olympic update and wrap-up. I know many of you had no interest in the Olympics. Others of you had great interest in it. I thank all of you for either bearing with me in my commentary and I appreciate all of you that supported me and used me for your source of Olympic updates. I tried to be fair in my “reporting” and tried to include other countries as much as I could. Alas, I am proud American!! I’m sure at times, it was boring or maybe the last thing you wanted to see. However, I had so much fun with it and I truly enjoyed myself. In fact, we enjoyed these Olympics as a family. I hope that each of you brought something away from these Olympics, whether through watching them or my updates.
Now, for one last time, tonight’s overall FINAL medal count is:
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On to London for 2010!!