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  • 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 - 91

    Beijing 2008 - Opening Ceremony - 91

    BEIJING - AUGUST 08: Roger Federer of the Switzerland Olympic men's tennis 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
  • Beijing 2008 - Opening Ceremony - 119

    Beijing 2008 - Opening Ceremony - 119

    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 - 154

    Beijing 2008 - Opening Ceremony - 154

    BEIJING - AUGUST 08: Lopez Lomong of the United States Olympic men's 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 - 122

    Beijing 2008 - Opening Ceremony - 122

    BEIJING - AUGUST 08: Roger Federer of the Switzerland Olympic men's tennis 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 - 75

    Beijing 2008 - Opening Ceremony - 75

    BEIJING - AUGUST 08: Jeroen Delmee of the Netherlands Olympic men's hockey 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 - 162

    Beijing 2008 - Opening Ceremony - 162

    BEIJING - AUGUST 08: Roger Federer of the Swiss Olympic men's tennis 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 - 203

    Beijing 2008 - Opening Ceremony - 203

    BEIJING - AUGUST 08: Jeroen Delmee of the Netherlands Olympic men's hockey 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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