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2008 Olympics Over - Now We Can Get Some Sleep

First, this from Peter King of Sports Illustrated:

On the night Michael Phelps was swimming in a relay for his record eighth gold medal, the New York Giants were spending their final night at training camp at the University at Albany. Thirteen offensive linemen gathered around a big-screen plasma TV in a dorm room. Phelps dove in and lengthened the U.S. lead. "U-S-A! U-S-A!'' the linemen chanted. And when the race was won, one of the linemen - no one's sure who - started to sing. And they all joined in, at the top of their off-key lungs.

"God bless America ... land that I love ... stand beside her, and guide her ...''

Shaun O'Hara, the leader of the pack, told me: "What a night. The coolest thing. Pretty patriotic. Pretty memorable.''

You never know what you'll run across on the training camp trail.

Memorable Moments

There were many memorable moments of the 2008 Olympic games. Michael Phelps' record eight gold medals. Jamaica's Usain Bolt winning the 100 and 200 meter events, mon. (Sorry, couldn't resist.)

Also, the men and women basketball teams brought home the gold. The men's volleyball team and their coach overcame adversity to win the gold over favored Brazil. Yes, there are many more moments, but these are the ones that stand out to me.

Closing Ceremony

The 2008 Summer Olympics closing ceremony was held at the Beijing National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest.

The ceremony included the handover of the games from Beijing to London. Guo Jinlong, the Mayor of Beijing handed over the Olympic flag to the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. There was also a performance organized by the London Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games.

According to the Nielsen Media Research, NBC's sixteen day coverage of the Beijing Olympics was the most-watched U.S. television event of all time, with over 211 million viewers.

The 2008 Beijing Olympics is officially over. We can now all get some sleep.