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A geometric take on fitness: A drone shot of people performing tai chi in Guizhou on National Fitness Day, which marks the anniversary of the opening of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games

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Usain Bolt to lose Olympic gold after teammate caught doping

Usain Bolt made history as the first sprinter to sweep three gold medals at three Olympic Games. Now he’s losing a piece of his historic hardware.

Bolt will forfeit an Olympic gold won at the 2008 Beijing Games because his Jamaican teammate was caught doping.

Nesta Carter was disqualified from the 4x100 relay that won gold in Beijing after a reanalysis of his sample found the banned substance methylhexaneamine, the IOC announced Wednesday.


Nickel Ashmead, Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell & Yohan Blake win Gold in the Mens 4x100m Athletics Relay. It is Jamaica’s 3rd consecutive Olympic Gold in this event.

Usain Bolt did the “triple triple”, winning the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay at 3 Olympics Games (Beijing 2008, London 2012, and now Rio 2016). This gives him a total of 9 Olympic Gold medals, placing him equal-second behind Michael Phelps as the most-awarded Gold medalist ever.


Through the Years → Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands (214/)

8 August 2008 | Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and his wife Princess Maxima attend the beach volleyball match Netherlands vs. Switzerland at Beijing’s Chaoyang beach volleyball ground on the first day of the competitions of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. The Netherlands won 2-0. (Photo credit THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)


Summer Olympics in Beijing. Philatelic document. Father’s Day. Bloc feuillet. 2008. France. Made in France. Single model. digital photo

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Through the Years → Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands (221/)

22 August 2008 | Prince Willem Alexander of The Netherlands smiles during the medal ceremony after the Netherlands won the gold medal in the women’s hockey at the Olympic Green Hockey Field on Day 14 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)


Gold medalist and Olympic champion representing the United States of America….

Athens 2004 - gold Carly Patterson (United States), silver Svetlana Khorkina (Russia), bronze Zhang Nan (China)

Beijing 2008 - gold Nastia Liukin (United States), silver Shawn Johnson (United States), bronze Yang Yilin (China)

London 2012 - gold Gabby Douglas (United States), silver Viktoria Komova (Russia), bronze Aliya Mustafina (Russia)

Rio 2016 - gold Simone Biles (United States), silver Aly Raisman (United States), bronze Aliya Mustafina (Russia)


Through the Years → Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands (215/)

8 August 2008 | Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and Maxima Zorreguieta wave to the Dutch delegation during the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in Beijing. The three-hour show at Beijing’s iconic ‘Bird’s Nest’ national stadium is set to see more than 15,000 performers showcase the nation’s ancient history and its rise as a modern power. (Photo credit JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)


Through the Years → Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands (220/)

21 August 2008 | Prince Willem Alexander of The Netherlands celebrates with the Dutch women waterpolo team after they defeated the US to win gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics Games. The Netherlands won gold while USA took silver and Australia claimed bronze. (Photo credit MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)


Two baby twin pandas were officially named last week by the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach.

President Bach chose the names of Olympia and Fuwa* for the female panda twins that he saw in the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding during his visit to China last August.

They join their ‘Olympian‘ cousin  giant panda Cobi who was named after the mascot of the Olympic Games Barcelona 1992.

The breeding centre, which aims to rescue and protect the endangered giant panda species, is now the home of an Olympic giant panda family composed of Colleen, the daughter of Cobi, and his twin granddaughters born in early 2015.

* Fuwa, literally “good-luck dolls”, also known as “Friendlies”, were the mascots of the Olympic Games Beijing 2008.