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…And the Flame Goes Out

Posted by on 24 August 2008

**Photos from Yahoo!**

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:

Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
United States 36 38 36 110
China 51 21 28 100
Russia 23 21 28 72
Britain 19 13 15 47
Australia 14 15 17 46
Germany 16 10 15 41
France 7 16 17 40
South Korea 13 10 8 31
Italy 8 10 10 28
Ukraine 7 5 15 27
Japan 9 6 10 25
Cuba 2 11 11 24
Belarus 4 5 10 19
Spain 5 10 3 18
Canada 3 9 6 18
Netherlands 7 5 4 16
Brazil 3 4 8 15
Kenya 5 5 4 14
Kazakhstan 2 4 7 13
Jamaica 6 3 2 11
Poland 3 6 1 10
Hungary 3 5 2 10
Norway 3 5 2 10
New Zealand 3 1 5 9
Romania 4 1 3 8
Turkey 1 4 3 8
Ethiopia 4 1 2 7
Denmark 2 2 3 7
Azerbaijan 1 2 4 7
Czech Republic 3 3 0 6
Slovakia 3 2 1 6
Georgia 3 0 3 6
North Korea 2 1 3 6
Argentina 2 0 4 6
Switzerland 2 0 4 6
Uzbekistan 1 2 3 6
Armenia 0 0 6 6
Slovenia 1 2 2 5
Bulgaria 1 1 3 5
Indonesia 1 1 3 5
Sweden 0 4 1 5
Croatia 0 2 3 5
Lithuania 0 2 3 5
Mongolia 2 2 0 4
Thailand 2 2 0 4
Zimbabwe 1 3 0 4
Finland 1 1 2 4
Greece 0 2 2 4
Nigeria 0 1 3 4
Taiwan 0 0 4 4
Mexico 2 0 1 3
Latvia 1 1 1 3
India 1 0 2 3
Austria 0 1 2 3
Ireland 0 1 2 3
Serbia 0 1 2 3
Belgium 1 1 0 2
Dominican Republic 1 1 0 2
Estonia 1 1 0 2
Portugal 1 1 0 2
I.R.Iran 1 0 1 2
Trinidad & Tobago 0 2 0 2
Algeria 0 1 1 2
Bahamas 0 1 1 2
Colombia 0 1 1 2
Kyrgyzstan 0 1 1 2
Morocco 0 1 1 2
Tajikistan 0 1 1 2
Bahrain 1 0 0 1
Cameroon 1 0 0 1
Panama 1 0 0 1
Tunisia 1 0 0 1
Chile 0 1 0 1
Ecuador 0 1 0 1
Iceland 0 1 0 1
Malaysia 0 1 0 1
Netherlands Antilles 0 1 0 1
Singapore 0 1 0 1
South Africa 0 1 0 1
Sudan 0 1 0 1
Vietnam 0 1 0 1
Afghanistan 0 0 1 1
Egypt 0 0 1 1
Israel 0 0 1 1
Mauritius 0 0 1 1
Moldova 0 0 1 1
Togo 0 0 1 1
Venezuela 0 0 1 1

 

On to London for 2010!! 

7 Responses to …And the Flame Goes Out

  1. Tammy Warren

    Hey..I do thank you for sharing. This has been a wonderful experience this year for the Olympics. With my youngest son being 7, he has just taken a interest in this. We have turned this into a nightly family event.

    You had great coverage!!! What is next on the agenda?

  2. Elaine

    I’m glad you enjoyed it Tammy, my late night friend. I really had a blast with it this year. I loved being able to blog about it too.

    Nothing on the schedule yet. Any ideas?? LOL

  3. angie

    I’ve really appreciated your commentary on the Olympics and your wrap ups. THANK YOU!

  4. Elaine

    Thank you, Angie. I’m glad you’ve enjoyed it. I hope you continue to visit my blog.

  5. Laura

    I’m sad to say that I never watch the Olympics. My mom is really into it though.

    I’m so proud of USA and all their metals! 🙂

  6. Debbie

    As you know, I didn’t watch much at all. So that’s why I really enjoyed your posts. I could get a summary of the day here. You rock!

  7. Elaine

    Many don’t, Laura. We just really enjoy them….I always have and now kiddo is at an age where she does too. I’m proud of the U.S. of A. too!!

    I’m glad you enjoyed them, Debbie. At least you had a place to go to find out what had happened. I had alot of fun with it, that’s for sure. Rock on!! LOL

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