At the Winter Games, host China succeeded in squelching public discussion by athletes of its human rights record.
Erin Jackson made history on a frenetic dash around Beijing's magnificent speedskating oval.
Erin Jackson has become the first Black woman to win a speedskating medal at the Winter Olympics.
Ireen Wüst skated into the record books at the Beijing Games by becoming the first athlete to claim individual gold medals at five different Olympics.
John Shuster will become the first curler to carry the American flag in an Olympic opening ceremony at this year's Beijing Games.