Monday, April 22, 2013

How Many Medals Has the U.S. Won in the Beijing Olympics?

Bookmark this page and check back often to keep track of how many medals the U.S. has won in the 2008 Bejing Olympics.

Here are the current results:

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Clean Air Part of Legacy of 2008 Beijing Olympics

The Wall Street Journal blog noted today that China spent $10 billion to reduce air pollution in Beijing prior to the 2008 Olympics. Air quality was improved by 30%, but by summer 2009 60% of the improvement had been lost. (see: WSJ - China air quality)

Despite the slide back toward pollution, there is no question that the build-up for the 2008 Olympics dramatically increased air quality. I suspect some degree of the improvement will last for years to come, significantly improving the quality of life for millions of people.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Complete results of 2008 Beijing Olympics

As we approach the 2012 London Olympics, you might be interested in reviewing the results of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Here is a link to the complete Beijing Olympics Results.

The U.S. won 110 total medals, followed closely by China with 100 (but China had far more gold medals -- 51 to the United States' 36). Here's hoping that Team USA will do even better in the 2012 Olympics.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Flashback: Beijing Welcomes You (2008 Olympics song)

It has been two and a half years since the conclusion of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Here's a YouTube video that will bring it right back to you, though. The song "Beijing Welcomes You" was released prior to the Olympics, as part of the pre-Beijing buzz. The video is subtitled and features Jackie Chan. Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Olympian Micah Boyd Chooses Elementary School Over Oprah Winfrey Show

Although the 2008 Beijing Olympics are over, members of Team USA are now participing in another event that requires endurances and stamina -- the post-Olympics speaking tour.

Recently, the U.S. Olympic Rowing team appeared on Oprah absent one member -- bronze medalist Micah Boyd. Reportedly, Boyd missed the event so he could speak at an elementary school. Clearly, he's not in it for the fame.

Monday, August 18, 2008

New DVD Unveiled -- Michael Phelps: Greatest Olympic Champion

I had a great time watching Michael Phelps win his 8th gold medal in Beijing last Saturday. So far, he has been the highlight of the Olympics -- too bad his events are over. But wait...

NBC has unveiled a new dvd, entitled "Michael Phelps: Greatest Olympic Champion... The Inside Story," that includes Phelps' record-setting races as well as back story (interviews, etc.). I have not viewed the dvd myself (it's brand new), but it sells for $19.95 at

You can also get a dvd of the Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony, and another containing highlights from the Olympics. I assume the highlight dvd has not been completed yet (still plenty of Olympics to go!), so it might take a couple weeks to receive that one.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Women's Marathon Results for Team USA

American Russell Blake finished 27th place in the Women's Olympic Marathon today, while Magdalena Lewy Boulet finished 78th.

As mentioned earlier, Deena Kastor dropped out of the race with an injury.