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  • Beijing 2008 - Opening Ceremony - 217

    Beijing 2008 - Opening Ceremony - 217

    BEIJING - AUGUST 08: The Iraq team enter the stadium during the Opening Ceremony for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics at the National Stadium on August 8, 2008 in Beijing, China.
    Thursday, August 7, 2008 10:00 PM | Photo
  • Beijing 2008 - Opening Ceremony - 261

    Beijing 2008 - Opening Ceremony - 261

    BEIJING - AUGUST 08: Ai Fukuhara of the Japan Olympic table tennis team carries her country's flag to lead out the delegation during the Opening Ceremony for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics at the National Stadium on August 8, 2008 in Beijing, China.
    Thursday, August 7, 2008 10:00 PM | Photo
  • Beijing 2008 - Opening Ceremony - 183

    Beijing 2008 - Opening Ceremony - 183

    BEIJING - AUGUST 08: Christian Olsson of Sweden carries his country's flag during during the Opening Ceremony for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics at the National Stadium on August 8, 2008 in Beijing, China.
    Thursday, August 7, 2008 10:00 PM | Photo
  • Beijing 2008 - Opening Ceremony - 236

    Beijing 2008 - Opening Ceremony - 236

    BEIJING - AUGUST 08: The Ukrainian team waves flags as they enter during the Opening Ceremony for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics at the National Stadium on August 8, 2008 in Beijing, China.
    Thursday, August 7, 2008 10:00 PM | Photo
  • Summer Games Beijing 2008 Medal

    Summer Games Beijing 2008 Medal

    For the first time jade is used for the Beijing Olympic medals. The medals have been designed with inspiration coming from "bi", China's ancient jade piece inscribed with a dragon pattern. The medals symbolise nobility and virtue and are the embodiment of traditional Chinese values of ethics and honour, emitting a strong Chinese flavour. Noble and elegant, the medals are a blending of traditional Chinese culture and Olympism. On their obverse side, the medals reflect the Greek character of the Olympic Games: the goddess of victory Nike pictured in the Panathinaikos Stadium. While on their reverse side, the medals are inlaid with jade with the emblem of the 2008 Games in Beijing engraved in the metal centrepiece. The design inspiration of the medal hook derives from jade "huang", a ceremonial jade piece decorated with a double dragon pattern and "Pu", the reed mat pattern.
    Friday, August 8, 2008 10:00 AM | Photo
  • Beijing 2008 - Opening Ceremony - 213

    Beijing 2008 - Opening Ceremony - 213

    BEIJING - AUGUST 08: Athletes from the delegation from South Africa parade during the Opening Ceremony for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics at the National Stadium on August 8, 2008 in Beijing, China.
    Thursday, August 7, 2008 10:00 PM | Photo
  • Beijing 2008 - Opening Ceremony - 158

    Beijing 2008 - Opening Ceremony - 158

    BEIJING - AUGUST 08: The Great Britain delegation enters the stadium during the Opening Ceremony for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics at the National Stadium on August 8, 2008 in Beijing, China.
    Thursday, August 7, 2008 10:00 PM | Photo
  • Beijing 2008 - Opening Ceremony - 127

    Beijing 2008 - Opening Ceremony - 127

    BEIJING - AUGUST 08: Basketball player Dirk Nowitzki of Germany carries his country's flag lading his delegation during the Opening Ceremony for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics at the National Stadium on August 8, 2008 in Beijing, China.
    Thursday, August 7, 2008 10:00 PM | Photo
  • Beijing 2008 - Opening Ceremony - 106

    Beijing 2008 - Opening Ceremony - 106

    BEIJING - AUGUST 08: Swimmer Ryan Pini of Papua New Guinea carries his nation's flag during the Opening Ceremony for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics at the National Stadium on August 8, 2008 in Beijing, China.
    Thursday, August 7, 2008 10:00 PM | Photo
  • Beijing 2008 - Opening Ceremony - 170

    Beijing 2008 - Opening Ceremony - 170

    BEIJING - AUGUST 08: Ciara Pello of the Ireland carries her country's flag during the Opening Ceremony for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics at the National Stadium on August 8, 2008 in Beijing, China.
    Thursday, August 7, 2008 10:00 PM | Photo
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