Aug. 8: The Summer Games open, Michael Phelps makes history
Last updated 12-31-08 at 11:42 a.m.
The Games opened in Beijing with 14,000 performers and 91,000 spectators
in the Bird’s Nest Stadium. Dancing, music, and fireworks entertained
840 million television viewers worldwide.
On Aug. 13, U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps won his
11th career gold medal, becoming the first athlete
in Olympic history to do so.
On Aug. 17, Michael Phelps won his eighth gold
medal, breaking the record set by Mark Spitz in
the 1972 Games. Phelps also set the record for
the most golds in a single Olympics.