Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Bravo to China!

The much-anticipated Beijing Olympic has come to an end! There goes my potato-couching weeks whereby I literally stuck in front of the TV watching Astro's 11 channels BOB (Beijing Olympics Broadcasting) non-stop.

My favorite events include diving (synchronized and individual, both 10 m and 3 m), artistic and rhythmic gymnastics, track and field and swimming.

Guo Jing Jing and Wu Min Xia are China's impeccable Diving Divas!
(photo credit: sportsphoto.cn)

Record-breaking gold medalist--Michael Phelps from US is the swimming legend winning 8 gold medals in Beijing Olympics! (Photo credit: Getty Images/Shaun Botterill)
Russian gymnast, 21-year-old Evgeniya Kanaeva, won the Gymnastics Rhythmic Individual All-around gold medal. This is her graceful pose with the apparatus. What a beauty!
(Photo credit: Xinhua)

Like most people, I was totally in awe with the spectacular opening ceremony on 8th August 2008 (what an auspicious date!) directed by Chinese director, Zhang Yi Mou. The 3 hours ceremony is like a movie infused with rich Chinese history of culture and breathtaking fireworks. Bravo!

Awesome Beijing (bird nest) Stadium and breathtaking fireworks!

Not to mention super kawaii Olympic mascots--BeiBei, JingJing, HuanHuan, YingYing, NiNi which is cleverly read as "Beijing Welcomes You" in one Mandarin syllabus. What a brilliant creation!

BeiBei (the fish), JingJing (the panda), HuanHuan (the Child of fire), YingYing (the antelope) and NiNi (the swallow) are the official Beijing Olympics Mascots (Fuwa)!

Congratulations to China for harvesting 51 gold medals leaving her runner-up rival, United States with 36 gold medals.

There's a Chinese saying that goes: one minute of on-stage performance but off-stage 10 years of practising/rehearsing. It is so easy for the audience or spectators to judge the performance of these athletes but their victories came with much rigorous physical training and discipline. They endured sports injuries that tag with daily training. I take my hat off to these athletes who challenge not only themselves but the human physical limits.

Olympics is the most-anticipated sports event ever because of its mythological origin from ancient Greece and the ultimate goal of uniting human race through sports. Indeed, it's One World, One Dream!

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Blogger farah said...

badminton mana??

it is very intriguing to see that if you watch the olympics in the west, it is accompanied with much criticism and apprehension as opposed to fanfare and sportsmanship back in malaysia.

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