The 2008 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXIX Olympiad, took place in Beijing, China from August 8 to 24, 2008.
On March 6, 2009 the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games reported that total spending on the games was "generally as much as that of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games", which was equivalent to about US$15 billion. They went on to claim that surplus revenues from the Games would exceed the original target of $16 million. Other reports, however, estimated the total costs from $40 billion to $44 billion, which would make the Games "far and away the most expensive ever"
Here are some photos from Beijing, just 4 years later:
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The BMX Track
Beach Volleyball where we all watched May/Walsh win Gold #2
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Links to other abandoned Olympic sites: