The 7 Most Memorable Moments From The Beijing Olympics [VIDEO]
We are 99 days away from the 2012 Summer Olympics kicking off in London, and we have decide to look back at seven of the most memorable moments from the 2008 Olympics in Beijing .
The Opening Ceremonies:
The 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, which began at 08/8/08 at 8:08 P.M., will forever be known as the opening ceremony that changed them all. This spectacular opening took place on the 8th of August at 8 P.M. in celebration of the lucky meaning behind the number 8 in Asian cultures. The ceremony was directed by Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou. The final ascent to the torch featured Olympic gymnast Li Ning, who appeared to run through air around the membrane of the stadium. The ceremony featured more than 15,000 performers and lasted over four hours. The entire event was reported to have cost over US$100 million to produce.
Michael Phelps Gold Medal Record:
American swimmer and icon, Michael Phelps, rose to fame during the Beijing Olympics by breaking Olympian Mark Spitz’s record for highest amount of gold medals won in a single game. One of Phelps’ most memorable moments was his 100 meter butterfly, where he beat out Serbia’s Milorad Cavic by 100th of a second.
Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh:
American beach volleyball power duo Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh took home two gold medals making them the first team to repeat as gold medalists in Olympic beach volleyball history.
Eric Shanteau Competes After Being Diagnosed With Cancer:
Right before competing in Beijing, American swimmer Eric Shanteau was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Despite this horrible news, Eric still competed and achieved a personal best in the 200 meter breaststroke. Upon returning to the U.S. Eric went under surgery and is now in remission.
Nastia Liukin Becomes All-Around Gymnastics Gold:
Nastia Liukin, who was only 18-years-old at the time, won the all-around performance gymnastics competition making her the third American woman to win this gold medal in history.
Usian Bolt’s 100m and 200m Victories:
Usain Bolt became known around the world after he broke his own world record in the 100 meter dash. His success continued in Beijing as he won the 200 meter event, breaking all previous records. Bolt became the first sprinter in history to break both records at the same Olympics.
Matthias Steiner Poses With Picture Of Late Wife:
Before the 2008 Olympics, Matthias Steiner experienced a horrible tragedy— the death of his wife.However, despite the devastating loss, during the 2008 games Matthias won the gold medal and accepted his prize posing with a picture of his late wife.