Web Watch @ Your Library #59 -
August 2008 - Other back Issues
The 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing
The eyes of the world will soon be on China when the Beijing Olympics take place from August 8 to 24, followed by the Beijing Paralympic Games from September 6 to 17, 2008. It’s estimated that up to 4 billion people will be watching these Olympic events, which will take place in a total of 37 venues – 12 of them newly constructed for the 2008 Games.
Check out some Olympic action and info on the following sources:
The Official Web Site of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games - http://en.beijing2008.cn/
As well as the 2008 schedule and locations, the Official Web Site offers details about the opening and closing ceremonies, Olympic news, Olympic medal winners and records, past Games, a photo gallery, the Paralympic Games, online activities for children and more. Check out the newly-constructed venue for the track events and opening/closing ceremonies: the National Stadium – also known as the “Birds Nest” – an architectural and engineering wonder!
The Official Web Site of the Olympic Movement - http://www.olympic.org/uk/games/beijing/index_uk.asp
News about the Beijing Games, the schedule, the Beijing 2008 emblem, medals and mascots are all included, as well as a link to the “Olympic Express” – the first Olympic Games e-journal (interactive). It will become an “e-daily” on August 8, with the news of each day’s events and athletes.
The 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics – National Geographic - http://www.nationalgeographic.com/summergames/
National Geographic offers an attractive online 2008 Olympics resource suitable for both children and adults. Photos, information, news and related stories are included for this year’s and for past Olympic Games. A “Just for Kids” section is also provided.
Note: Search National Geographic’s web site for facts and pictures of China, host country for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games.
CBC Coverage of the 2008 Summer Olympics - http://www.cbc.ca/olympics/
The CBC will be covering the Beijing Olympics for Canada; look here for the latest Olympics news from a Canadian perspective. The CBC web site includes some video coverage as well as blogs posted by various Canadian athletes, sports commentators and CBC personalities. (Blogs have never before been allowed for Olympic athletes by the International Olympic Committee.) Be sure to click on “Beijing Bound”, a video exploration of Beijing’s landmarks, history, people and traditions.
Julia Wilkinson! - http://news.therecord.com/sections/2008Olympics/article/375110
Julia Wilkinson, a 21-year-old Stratford native and Central Secondary School graduate, is Beijing-bound! This promising young swimmer will be competing for Canada in a number of women’s swimming events. Currently, Julia owns the Canadian records in the women’s 50 and 100 metre backstroke, as well as the 200 metre freestyle. Read about Julia and watch a recently videotaped interview with her. You can also leave Julia warm wishes on a guest book - http://www.sentex.net/~lwr/Julia.htm.
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Josh Brown’s Beijing Blog - http://therecord.blogs.com/bound_for_beijing/
The Kitchener-Waterloo Record’s Josh Brown will be reporting on the Summer Olympics from Beijing on his blog, with an emphasis on local athletes – such as Lori Sippel. Lori, a native of St. Pauls Station and Central Secondary School graduate, will be coaching the women’s softball team – a team which is expected to contend for a medal at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games. A member of Canada’s Softball Hall of Fame, Lori was on Canada’s 1996 Olympic Women’s Softball Team, and in 2000 and 2004, she was a CBC commentator on the Summer Olympic Games
Canoe Kayak Canada - http://www.canoekayak.ca/pages/eng/797/
Profiles, biographies, career highlights and photos are available for Canada’s kayakers – both women and men – including Adam van Koeverden, the reigning Olympic and World Champion in the K-1 500 metre (kayaking) event – and also the flag bearer for the Canadian Olympic Team in Beijing. (As decided by the Chinese alphabet, Canada will be the 63rd nation in the opening ceremony’s parade.)
Summer Olympics Memorable Moments - http://www.infoplease.com/sports/olympics/summer-memorable-moments.html
It’s all here … outstanding performances at past summer Olympic Games … memorable and infamous summer Olympic moments … an Olympic timeline … Olympics traditions, sites, legends, fun facts, trivia, quizzes …. and more.
What’s next? - The Vancouver 2010 Olympics - http://www.vancouver2010.com/en
The countdown has already begun to the 2010 Olympic Games (February 12-18, 2010) and the 2010 Paralympic Games (March 12-21, 2010)! The host city: Vancouver, B.C. For details about these games and the preceding Torch Relay, visit this web site
City of Vancouver, B.C. - http://vancouver.ca/olympics/
A second resource about the 2010 Winter Olympics is provided by the City of Vancouver. Explore the various Olympic venues in this beautiful city!
Note: The web site of the Municipality of Whistler, B.C., where some of the 2010 Winter Olympic events will occur, may be found at http://www.whistler.ca/ (Click on “2010 Games”.)