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If you didn’t get a chance to catch the closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, it’s too bad. Personally, I usually don’t care too much about closing ceremonies, and I figure most people won’t be watching either. However, I must say the artistry of it all was hard to forget. I loved the guys with the climbing harnesses, dressed in half silver half red, climbing up this steel beam tower, looked like ants. At one point they were able to position themselves to represent roses blooming, which was amazing. At the end, it got cheesy with all the singers and dancers coming out, proving the fact that Hong Kong/Taiwan has produced most of the famous singers with the likes of Jackie Chan (well, part-time singer), Andy Lau, Kelly Chen, and Leehom.

But if you were to go back to re-visit some of the can’t miss events of the Olympics, here is my top 5 list:

  1. Opening Ceremonies – someone mentioned to me that it would be hard to think of another live performance in history that would be able to top this…
  2. 4×100 free relay final – 46.06 by Jason Lezak on the last leg for the Americans. That is by far the most insane swim time a most heated race, helping Phelps get a gold, and setting a WR in the process. Instant classic.
  3. Men’s 100m dash – I don’t think we can fully appreciate how fast someone who is 6-5, and runs like a madman, but Usain Bolt did it. The 200m also ranks up there as well, with him taking down Michael Johnson’s long-standing record.

Had to add this. Insanely stupid move in the Olympics:
Loser of Taekwondo match goes and kicks referee. Kids, please do not do this at home, or anywhere else.

And other sports/non-sports highlights from ESPN here and CBC here and here.

Overall, it was a great Games, lots of fun, can’t wait for Vancouver 2010.


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