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He warns that diversion of national resources may pose additional development opportunities for host cities, but constraints for others in the country in terms of resource redistribution. As London is gearing up for the Summer Olympic Games, people may begin to wonder what legacy mega-events such as the Olympic Games may provide host cities with. One of the ways in which this question can be asked is perhaps to examine what happened to other host cities. Having had a close look at the experience of the Beijing Olympic Games, I present a few cases for further thoughts.

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After beginning slowly with a shock loss to old enemy Norway - the only other side to win a women's Olympic finals - Pia Sundhage's Americans rebounded to find their form and improved with every match. They struggled past Japan and eased by New Zealand to finish top of their group, before meeting Brazil in a final re-play from four years before in Athens.

A single goal from Carli Lloyd sealed the game in extra-time. Without their long-time captain Kristine Lilly and ace striker Abby Wambach, who suffered a broken leg on the eve of the Beijing Games, the Americans oozed an effective and collective look and feel, spurred on by the emphasis on passing and technique gleaned from new coach Sundhage.

Brazildenied again Again it was heartache for the Brazilians, who looked the finest group of individual players on display in China. They were fantastic throughout this the tournament," was the bitter-sweet assessment of coach Barcellos after the final at the Workers' Stadium. The best of the rest Japan flew the flag proudest for the Asian continent at the Games, roaring through to the semi-finals after a rout of Norway in their final group game saw them through to the quarter-finals.

After disposing of neighbours, archrivals and hosts China in the last eight, they came up just short, losing to eventual champions USA. With technique and class to spare, defence and goalkeeping problems haunted the so-called Nadeshiko. Canada, playing in their first finals, showed that the United States are not the only women's power in North America, strolling through a tough group with Sweden and China PR.

They pushed the US to extra time in their quarter-final, but came up just short in what would have been a historic victory over their oldest and closest foe. The biggest surprise of the finals may well have been the poor performance put in by reigning world champions Germany.

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After finished second to Brazil in a difficult group section, the Europeans dispatched an out-of-sorts and ageing Sweden before being battered by Brazil in the semi-final.

Usual goal machine Birgit Prinz never quite looked herself as the Germans took consolation in a bronze medal from a win over Japan.Product Description. In Beijing - The Official Video Game of the Olympic Games, players will embrace the competitive spirit of the world’s most prestigious sporting event and represent their country as they compete for the highest honor - the Gold Medal.

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Beijing Olympics Road Race Live Video, Route Map, Riders, Results and Photos The road race will finish in Juyongguan at the Great Wall of China, one of the eight wonders of the world at 6, km (4, miles) in length (photo courtesy: stuckincustoms).

The Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXIX Olympiad, were a major international multi-sport event that took place in Beijing, China, from August 8 to August 24, A total of 11, athletes from National Olympic Committees (NOCs) competed in events in 28 sports, one event more than was on the schedule of the Games.

• The very first modern Olympic games were the Summer Olympics held in Because Ancient Greece was the birthplace of the Olympic Games, Athens was considered to be an appropriate choice to stage the inaugural modern Games.

The Summer Olympics Torch Relay will run until August 8, , prior to the Games of the XXIX Olympiad. Plans for the relay were announced on April 26, , in Beijing, China.

The relay, with the theme "Journey of Harmony", is expected to last days and carry the torch , km. The Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (Chinese: 第二十九届夏季奥林匹克运动会; pinyin: Dì Èrshíjiǔ Jiè.

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