Ed Odeven at the Closing Ceremony during the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Filing stories from Beijing — a dream come true — there was an abundance of memories each day. For me here are 10 unforgettable events and writings from the 2008 Summer Olympics:
Usain Bolt’s 200-meter record
Team USA’s victory in the men’s basketball final
Ryoko Tani’s reign as Olympic judo champ comes to an end
Japan shocks the U.S. in softball final
Swimmer Kosuke Kitajima completes back-to-back double-gold medal haul
Related column on the legend Kitajima
Michael Phelps’ razor-thin victory in the 100-meter butterfly, his record-tying seventh gold
A related column after Phelps’ gold medal No. 8
Star 110-meter hurdler Liu Xiang’s injury withdrawal brought a nation to tears
China gold medal-winning men’s gymnastics team brings joy and inspiration to Sichuan Province after region’s devastating earthquake
Two bonus pieces
A fun-filled few hours at the beach volleyball courts
Kobe Bryant, Yao Ming and others take stock of basketball’s global growth before the U.S.-China showdown at outset of Olympic tourney. A day before the Sunday clash, Kobe declared “it will be the highest-energy game I’ll ever be part of.”
Postscript: The web archives appear to be missing a stack of articles, including a few Beijing Postcard entries that I’d like to add to this list. I hope to update it soon.