2008 Olympic Games: Audio Slideshows

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The 2008 Summer Olympics closed in a display of tightly scripted merriment and lavish fireworks, a final burst of pomp ending 17 days of sports and celebration that Chinese authorities organized with flawless precision and an unbending security clampdown.
 
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Post reporter Amy Shipley discusses Saturday's track and field events in Beijing, including a United States sweep in the 4x400 relays.
 
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Post reporter Dave Sheinin talks about Friday's track and field events in Beijing, including a third world record and gold medal for Usain Bolt.
 
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Post columnist Sally Jenkins discusses a rainy day in Beijing, which saw U.S. women's teams win and lose gold medals and two American relay teams surprisingly fail to reach the 4x100 finals.
 
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Post reporter Barry Svrluga discusses Usain Bolt's second world-record performance -- a victory in the men's 200 meters -- from the Olympic track and field venue in Beijing.
 
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Post columnist Sally Jenkins recaps Olympic gymnastics events from in Beijing, headlined by Shawn Johnson's gold medal in the balance beam.
 
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Blogger Dan Steinberg reports on the revitalized women's soccer team and its Olympic semifinal victory against Japan.
 
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Post columnist Sally Jenkins talks about Michael Phelps winning his record eighth gold medal of the Beijing Olympics.
 
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Post reporter Barry Svrluga talks about the Olympic men's 100-meter butterfly, where Michael Phelps wins his record-tying seventh gold medal by 0.01 of a second.
 
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Post reporter Liz Clarke reports on the Olympic women's individual all-around, where Americans Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson win gold and silver.
 
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Post columnist Sally Jenkins discusses the Olympic men¿s gymnastics all-around finals, won by the ¿human helicopters¿ of the Chinese team.
 
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Post reporter Barry Svrluga talks about the unstoppable Michael Phelps and the other Olympic winners at Beijing's Water Cube.
 
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Post reporter Liz Clarke reports from the Olympic men's gymnastics team final, in which China won and an injury-plagued U.S. team took a surprising bronze medal.
 
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Post reporter Liz Clarke talks about a day of triumphs and defeats for American Olympians, most notably a thrilling victory in the men¿s 4x100 freestyle swimming relay.
 
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Post reporter Amy Shipley runs down a busy second day of Olympic competition, including the U.S. men¿s basketball team¿s victory over China in both team¿s opener.
 
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Post reporter Dave Sheinin discusses the first full day of competition in Beijing, in which Michael Phelps opened with an Olympic record in a 400 individual medley heat.
 
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Post reporter Amy Shipley talks about the extravagant ceremony that opened the 2008 Summer Games at the National Stadium in Beijing.
 

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