The Beijing Olympics, has finally drew to a magnificent close at the Bird's Nest Stadium last night (24.08.08 Sunday) featuring 16 days of spectacular games.
At the end of the competition and 302 events, China had 51 gold medals, 15 more than the United States on 36 although in total USA won 110 medals to China's 100. It is the first time China has won the gold medal count. Russia comes in next by winning 23 and Great Britain 19.
International Olympic Committee chief Jacques Rogge handed over the Olympic flag to Boris Johnson (Mayor of London), which will host the 2012 edition.
Even though China has invested more than 40 billion dollars on the Games and more than 1.5million volunteers helping out, it is definitely handsomely rewards. As what Mr Rogge said "Through these Games, the world learned more about China, and China learned more about the world. These were truly exceptional Games." Indeed. China has made many proud.
What touches me on the closing ceremony was the entrance of all athletics. All athletics entered through different entrances casually towards four corners of the center stage. No grouping of countries and no differences between all human. That's what Olympic spirit is. This spirit should carry on and encourage even after the game. Peace to the world.
As a soccer fan (MU fans). It's a real surprise to see former England (MU) football skipper, David Beckham, booted a ball off the top of a London Transformer bus before the Olympic flame was extinguished. Just look at the smile on the lucky fan who received the ball. What a nice surprise.
Last but not least, I wonder if London feels the pressure of hosting after China putting up such a spectacular games. London ...you can make it too !!! Cheer for you in four years time.
Beijing Olympic 08 Closing Ceremony