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									Showcase China
     & the
   Olympics!
   Facts about
      China
Ice-cream was invented in China
around 2000B.C when the Chinese
packed a soft milk and rice mixture
in the snow.
  Population: 1.3 billion people




 Tourist Attractions: The Forbidden City,
 The Great Wall, Terra Cotta Warriors, and
 The Bund




History:   The written history of
           China begins with the
           Shang Dynasty (ca. 1600
           BC - ca. 1100 BC).




Capital City: Beijing
   Facts about                                China
  Jiaozi, that is boiled or steamed
              dumplings
     Guotic or fried dumplings
Xia Long Bao or the soup dumplings       Food:
Noodles, both fried and soup noodles
  Baozi or steamed and filled buns       (1)Basic fried rice
    Soy egg cooked in Soy Sauce          (2)chicken chow mein
  Tea Egg prepared by soaking or         (3)Crab rangoon
            stewing in tea               (4)Chicken fried rice
                                         (5)Egg rolls
                                         (6)Sweet and sour sauce
  Language Spoken: Mandarin              (7)Hot and Sour Soup
                                         (8)Orange Chicken
                                         (9)Sweet and sour pork
                                         (10)Egg drop soup
  Climate: Being 24.4

       Tourist attractions: Great wall of china,
       Forbidden city, Summer Palace and the temple of
       heaven
          History of                                 the
          Olympics!
The very first modern Olympic Games opened         The competitive events added to
in the first week of April 1896. Since the Greek   the Olympic games include
government had been unable to fund                 throwing the discus and the
construction of a stadium, a wealthy Greek         javelin, the long jump, boxing ,
architect, Georgios Averoff, donated one million   wrestling, chariot and horse
drachmas (over $100,000) to restore the            racing and a challenge to test all-
Panathenaic Stadium, originally built in 330       round ability - the pentathlon.
BCE, with white marble for the Olympic Games.
                                                   The ancient pentathlon begins
                                                   with competition in four
According to legend, the ancient Olympic
                                                   disciplines - running, jumping,
Games were founded by Heracles (the Roman
                                                   throwing the discus and the
Hercules), a son of Zeus.                          javelin. The winners emerging
                                                   from these encounters then meet
                                                   in a fifth and decisive contest,
                                                   wrestling.
           History of the
               Olympics
Have you ever wondered how the Olympics started?       Only men and
In Olympia, Greece the Olympic Games were held         boys may enter
every four years. First Olympic game was recorded in   the games and
776 BC; that was about 3,000 years ago. At that time   women may not
this great festival took place to honour the Greek     even be among
gods. Olympics were held during the great festival.    the spectators
My resources say Olympics were held to please the      (the contestants
various gods. One God, in particular, the most         compete entirely
important was called Zeus. The Olympics were called    naked). An
Olympiad in Greece.                                    exception is
                                                       made for
                                                       priestesses of
                                                       the com
                                                       goddess
                                                       Demeter.
            History of                        the
                 China
The Opening Ceremony                  The 2008 Summer Olympics
                                      opening ceremony was held at the
The Olympic symbol (five              Beijing National Stadium, also
interlocked rings) represents the     known as the Bird's Nest. It began
union of the five original major      at 8:08 pm China Standard Time
continents (Africa, America, Asia,    (UTC+8) on 8 August 2008 because
Australia and Europe) and the         in Chinese culture, 8 is considered
meeting of the athletes from          to be a lucky number. The number 8
throughout the world at the           is associated with prosperity and
Olympic Games. The five colours       confidence in Chinese culture.
of the rings from left to right are   Organisers claim that the stadium
blue, black and red across the top    was full to its 91,000 capacity
and yellow and green along the
bottom.
           History of the
               Olympics
The Closing Ceremony        The Games came to the end of
                            their 17-day run after a ceremony
                            -- a party, really -- featuring
                            bouncing and flying men, drum
                            carts, rotating poles, light wheels
                            precisely 2.008 meters in
                            diameter and 1,148 silver bell-
                            wearing dancers in yellow
                            dresses, all of it a lead-up to the
                            entry of the athletes of the world,
The 2008 Beijing Olympics   who by tradition on the night of
                            closing ceremony mingled
                            together, without regard to
                            nationality, in the centre of the
                            stadium.
Beijing host of the
2008 Olympics Tourist Highlights:
                       Badaling Great Wall, is
                       located more than 70
                       kilometres northwest
                       from the centre of
                       Beijing City, with more
                       than 1000 meters
                       above sea level,
                       occupies a
                       commanding and
                       strategic position.
                       Badaling is the best-
                       preserved section of
                       the Great Wall. 370
                       foreign leaders and
                       very important persons
                       have come to climb
                       Badaling successively.
Beijing, Host of the
2008   Olympics
 Beijing:
The name means "Northern Capital." (Nanjing is the "Southern Capital.")

Population: 15.38 million

Beijing’s Tourist Attractions: The
Summer Palace, & the Forbidden City
                                                        The
 History of Beijing: Beijing was                        forbidden
 initially built over 3000 years                        City
 ago. In BC 1045, the city of
 Beijing initially formed. For
 thousands of years, more than
 6 dynasties set Beijing as                             The
                                                        Summer
 capital. Beijing is also the                           Palace
 capital of People’s Republic of
 China.
                Volley Ball
Athletes participating in Special Olympics
Volleyball benefit from the camaraderie       Special Olympics
that comes from competing in a team           Volleyball also offers
sport, as well as the training that enables   individual skills
them to successfully serve and return a       competition to allow
volleyball.                                   athletes to train and
            Volleyball Facts                  compete in basic
      Volleyball was introduced to            volleyball skills. The
       Special Olympics in 1983.              development of these
      259 athletes from 20 teams              key skills is necessary
      competed in volleyball at the           prior to advancing to
        2003 Special Olympics                 team competition. These
       World Summer Games in                  skills include volleying,
             Dublin, Ireland.                 serving and passing.
        As of the 2005 Special
            Olympics Athlete
      Participation Report, 71,982
       Special Olympics athletes
         compete in volleyball.
                            Soccer
                                              The first official men's
While the modern game of football started     Olympic soccer
with the foundation of the Football           tournament dates back to
Association of England in 1863, its roots     the 1908 London Games,
extend to opposite ends of the earth. The     where Great Britain
ancient Chinese, Greeks and Romans            defeated Denmark to
played a similar game, long before English    claim the first soccer gold
kings in the 1300s and 1400s were trying to   medal. Since that time
outlaw the violent sport.                     soccer has been part of
                                              every Olympic Games
Great Britain did not qualify for the 2008    Program, with the
Olympic Games in Beijing. It won three        exception of the 1932 Los
Olympic titles: Paris 1900, London 1908 and   Angeles Games. The
Stockholm 1912. In 2012, Great Britain will
                                              1940 and 1944 Olympic
serve as organizer of the Olympic Games.
                                              Games were cancelled
                                              completely due to the
                                              political tensions
                                              surrounding World War II.
                        Gymnastics

        If gymnasts are really serious about bringing home the gold, then the
       Olympic tests can be counted on to really put them through their paces.
     Whether the event involves swinging from rings, flying around the uneven
      bars, exhibiting artistic skills on the floor or balance beam - or any of the
     thrilling moves we've come to expect - this sport is always one of the most
                            popular for summer spectators.
Trampoline gymnastics debuted at the                         Gymnastics has a long,
Sydney 2000 Games featuring both men's
                                                             proud history. The sport can
and women's individual events. The
Russian Federation took home two gold                        be traced back to ancient
medals at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games                      Greece, where such skills
as Alexander Moskalenko and Irina                            featured in the ancient
Karavaeva were crowned with gold medals                      Olympic Games. A perfect
                                                             fusion of athletics and
                                                             aesthetics, gymnastics
                                                             ranks among the defining
                                                             sports of the Olympic
                                                             Games.
            Mahe                 Drysdale
                                      Mahe Drysdale
DOB: 19 November 1978                 (29) – is the
Place of Birth: Melbourne,            current world
Australia                             champion having
                                      taken the title and
Age: 29                               unprecedented
Event: Rowing                         three times in
                                      succession in
Height: 1.99m                         2005, 2006 and
Medals: 1 bronze in 2008              2007 and he goes
                                      to Beijing as the
                                      favourite. He has
          He set a world              Olympic
          record with a time          experience from
          of 6 minutes, 35.40         Athens (Coxless
          seconds in the              Four) and is also a
          single sculls at the        former winner of
          2006 World                  the Halberg
          Championships.              Supreme Award.
           Valerie Vili

DOB: 6 October 1984
                                                   Valerie Vili, née
Place of birth: Rotorua                            Adams, (born
New Zealand                                        October 6, 1984) is
                                                   a shot putter from
Age: 23
                                                   New Zealand. She
Event: Shot-putter                                 is the reigning
                                                   Olympic champion,
                                                   world champion
     Valerie Vili opened                           and
     with a throw of                               Commonwealth
                           How nice then that      record-holder,
     20.56 metres          heading towards
     which was never                               having thrown a
                           Beijing, New Zealand    distance of 20.56
     bettered and she      athletics has an
     had the luxury to                             m.
                           outstanding medal
     decline her final     prospect again – shot
     throw                 putter Valerie Vili.
     Matthew Mitcham
                            A two-time Australian Youth
DOB: 2 March 1988           Olympic Festival athlete,
Place of Birth:             Matthew competed in
Brisbane, Queensland,       trampoline at the 2003 AYOF
Australia                   finishing sixth and in diving
                            at the 2005 AYOF, winning
Age: 20                     three gold medals and one
                            silver.
Event: Diver
                            A trampolinist since 1997,
Matthew started diving in   Matthew competed at the
1999 when he was 11 after   1999 World Junior
AIS coach, Wang Tong        Championships and again
Xiang, saw him playing on   in 2001, winning the Junior
the board at a pool in      World Champion title in the
                            double mini apparatus. In
Brisbane and he was         the same year (2001) he
impressed by his double     won his first Diving
somersault.                 National Age title in the 3m
                            and platform events and
                            was named 'Diver of the
                            Year'.
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