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The official sites for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing China: Official International Olympic Committee Beijing 2008 web site here. Official Beijing 2008 (XXIX Olympiad) web site here. Games begin August 8, 2008 continuing through August 24, 2008.

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China is currently favored to win the most gold medals and the most overall medals. The U.S. is the only country expected to be in competition with China.

There are officially 28 summer sports.
In 2008, it is expected there will be about 10,500 athletes participating; representing over 200 countries.

There will be about 302 total events including new events such as: 10-kilometer open water swimming; women's steeplechase; BMX bicycle racing; Women's Fencing; and Team Table Tennis.
Beijing, China has constructed a variety of new facilities (read about it here), including the National Aquatics Center "the Cube" (here) and the National Stadium the "Bird's Nest" (here).

See the following link for an analysis of the performance of the United States in the Summer Olympics over the years, from 1896 to present.



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2004 Olympics Review
2004 Summer Olympics FINAL medal counts:
There were a total of 301 gold medals awarded at the games. 28 sports were played as part of the Olympics. And, just over 10,000 athletes competed, including the highest percentage of women in Olympic history.

The most important sports, as always, were track and field and swimming and diving. Over 200 of the medals come from those two sports. Gymnastics, Cycling, Shooting, Wrestling, and Canoe/Kayak are the next biggest sports with about 50 medals awarded from competitions in each of these sports. Weightlifting, Rowing, Judo, Boxing, and Fencing generally award rougly 35-40 medals each. Basketball, Diving, Sailing, Soccer, and the Triathlon, are eagerly anticipated, higly watched events, but their are minimal amounts of medals awarded and they have no impact on the overall olympic medal counts.

On August 13, 2004 the Olympic Games returned to Athens, Greece for the "Games of the XXVIII Olympiad". The Ancient Olympic games originated in Greece and the first modern olympics was held in Athens in 1896.





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