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  • Beijing 2008 - Opening Ceremony - 152

    Beijing 2008 - Opening Ceremony - 152

    BEIJING - AUGUST 08: Canoe/Kayak athlete Adam Van Koeverden of Canada carries his teams 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 - 256

    Beijing 2008 - Opening Ceremony - 256

    BEIJING - AUGUST 08: Michael Kolganov of the Israel Olympic canoe/kayak team carries his 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
  • Olympics Day 1 - Equestrian

    Olympics Day 1 - Equestrian

    HONG KONG - AUGUST 09: Lucinda Fredericks of Australia on Headley Britannia shows her delight after their Dressage Test during the Equestrian event held at the Hong Kong Olympic Equestrian Venue in Sha Tin during day 1 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 9, 2008 in Hong Kong, 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 - 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 - 249

    Beijing 2008 - Opening Ceremony - 249

    BEIJING - AUGUST 08: Athlete Joachim Broechner Olsen of Denmark carries his country's flag during 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 - 131

    Beijing 2008 - Opening Ceremony - 131

    BEIJING - AUGUST 08: Basketball player Dirk Nowitzki of Germany leads the team while carrying his 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
  • Beijing 2008 - Opening Ceremony - 72

    Beijing 2008 - Opening Ceremony - 72

    BEIJING - AUGUST 08: Tsotang Maine of the Lesotho Olympic track and field team carries his 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 - 145

    Beijing 2008 - Opening Ceremony - 145

    BEIJING - AUGUST 08: Mark Foster of the Great Britain Olympic men's swim team carries his 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 - 156

    Beijing 2008 - Opening Ceremony - 156

    BEIJING - AUGUST 08: Mark Foster of the Great Britian Olympic men's swim team carries his 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
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