The Summer Games winds to its conclusion with an electrifying Closing Ceremonies for an Olympics that brings China forward as a sports powerhouse.
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A final burst of pomp ends 17 days of sports and celebration.
Jonathan Newton posts and blogs about his best images of the day.
Baltimore native Michael Phelps captures a record eight gold medals.
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After seven years of meticulous preparation, China opens the 2008 Beijing Olympics, celebrating the country's 5,000-year history and temporarily drawing attention away from months of controversy.
A pole vaulter is part sprinter, part hurdler and part gymnast, requiring just one major piece of equipment that is both simple and extremely technical to propel him (or her) 20 feet or so into the air.
| Foreign Olympic hopefuls can train at U.S. facilities among the world's best. » Gymnastics
| The child of champion Russian gymnasts, Nastia Luikin will compete for the United States in Beijing. » Track & Field
| Virginia Tech star and Richmond native Queen Harrison has overcome a life full of obstacles. » Wrestling
| Brad Vering has used a stint as an American University assistant coach to reviatalize his career. » Kayak
| The potential of Rick Powell and Casey Eichfeld in the C2 provides a special opportunity for the next decade. » Boxing
| After winning gold at the Junior Olympics, 16-year-old Antonio Magruder has his sights set on the 2012 Games.
The U.S. wins 25 medals during 17 topsy-turvy days in Italy.
Eight medals from Michael Phelps leads the U.S. to 103 medals.
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