Last week, a grand celebration marked the beginning of the one-year countdown to the 2008 summer olympics in Beijing. People gathered in Tiananmen Square to watch fire works and listen to the Olympic Anthem played as over 200 flags from the National Olympic Committees were joined on stage.
“Every emblem of the Olympics tells a story.”
“Dancing Beijing” is the emblem of the 2008 Summer Olympics and it represents “the Olympic epic inscribed by the spirit of the Chinese nation, calligraphed by the deeper import of the ancient civilization, and molded by the character of Cathay’s descendents.” (More information on the emblem.
According to the official web site, at least 12 new venues have been created to accomodate the olympics, including the national stadium, the national aquatics center, the national indoor stadium, beijing shooting range hall, shunyi olympic rowing-canoeing park, china agricultural university gymnasium, beijing university of technology gymnasium, university of science and technology beijing gymnasium, and the olympic green tennis center.
The Olympics have a long-standing history as they began in 776 BC in Olympia, Greece. Later in 1894 the International Olympic Committee was formed to organize The Olympics and is still highly respected today.