Gallery | Joe Rimkus Jr. at the Olympics

  • Racers are covered by umbrellas to keep cool before the start of the women's mountain bike race on Saturday, August 23, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Racers hit the trail at the start of the women's mountain bike race on Saturday, August 23, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Racers round the course in the women's mountain bike race on Saturday, August 23, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Georgia Gould of the United States rounds the course in the women's mountain bike race on Saturday, August 23, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Mary McConnneloug of the United States rounds the course in the women's mountain bike race on Saturday, August 23, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Dellys Starr of Australia hits a rock as she rounds the course in the women's mountain bike race on Saturday, August 23, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Dellys Starr of Australia hits a rock and goes off course in the women's mountain bike race on Saturday, August 23, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Marie-Helene Premont walks her bike on a steep section of the course after pulling out of the race for medical reasons in the women's mountain bike race on Saturday, August 23, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Maja Wloszczowska of Poland rides over a rock on her way to silver in the women's mountain bike race on Saturday, August 23, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Catharine Pendrel of Canada rides over a steep section of trail on her way to bronze in the women's mountain bike race on Saturday, August 23, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Margarita Fullana of Spain, Irina Kalentyeva of Russia and Maja Wloszczowska of Polan ride a downhill section in the women's mountain bike race on Saturday, August 23, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Nathalie Schneitter of Switzerland crashes during the women's mountain bike race on Saturday, August 23, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Maja Wloszczowska of Poland rounds the course in the women's mountain bike race on Saturday, August 23, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Sabine Spitz of Germany rides over a rock on her way to gold in the women's mountain bike race on Saturday, August 23, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Sabine Spitz of Germany carries the flag as she approaches the finish line to win gold in the women's mountain bike race on Saturday, August 23, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Sabine Spitz of Germany celebrates after winning gold in the women's mountain bike race on Saturday, August 23, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Maja Wloszczowska of Poland celebrates after winning silver in the women's mountain bike race on Saturday, August 23, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Runners battle it out in a heat of the 4x400-meter relay on Friday, August 22, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. (Joe Rimkus Jr./Miami Herald/MCT JOE RIMKUS, JR. / MBR

  • Yuliya Chermoshanskaya of Russia celebrates winning gold in the 4x100-meter relay on Friday, August 22, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. (Joe Rimkus Jr./Miami Herald/MCT) JOE RIMKUS, JR. / MBR

  • Members of the United States women's soccer team run with flags after a U.S. overtime victory over Brazil for gold on Thursday, August 21, 2008, in the Games of the the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. (Joe Rimkus Jr./Miami Herald/MCT) JOE RIMKUS, JR. / MBR

  • Members of the United States women's soccer team celebrate a U.S. overtime victory over Brazil for gold on Thursday, August 21, 2008, in the Games of the the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. (Joe Rimkus Jr./Miami Herald/MCT) JOE RIMKUS, JR. / MBR

  • Cristane of Brazil is defended by Lori Chalupny, left, and Kate Markgraf on a shot on Thursday, August 21, 2008, in the Games of the the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. (Joe Rimkus Jr./Miami Herald/MCT) JOE RIMKUS, JR. / MBR

  • Carli Lloyd of the United States, front, gets a hug from teammate Angela Hucles after an overtime victory for gold over Brazil on Thursday, August 21, 2008, in the Games of the the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. (Joe Rimkus Jr./Miami Herald/MCT) JOE RIMKUS, JR. / MBR

  • Lori Chalupny of the United States hits the ground after a collision with Marta of Brazil in the gold medal match on Thursday, August 21, 2008, in the Games of the the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. (Joe Rimkus Jr./Miami Herald/MCT) JOE RIMKUS, JR. / MBR

  • Members of the United States women's soccer team celebrate winning gold in overtime against Brazil on Thursday, August 21, 2008, in the Games of the the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. (Joe Rimkus Jr./Miami Herald/MCT) JOE RIMKUS, JR. / MBR

  • Fans cheer on the United States women's soccer team against Brazil in the gold medal match on Thursday, August 21, 2008, in the Games of the the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. (Joe Rimkus Jr./Miami Herald/MCT) JOE RIMKUS, JR. / MBR

  • Christie Rampone and Shannon Boxx of the United States women's soccer team celebrate winning gold in overtime against Brazil on Thursday, August 21, 2008, in the Games of the the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. (Joe Rimkus Jr./Miami Herald/MCT) JOE RIMKUS, JR. / MBR

  • Christie Rampone of the United States women's soccer team celebrates winning gold in overtime against Brazil on Thursday, August 21, 2008, in the Games of the the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. (Joe Rimkus Jr./Miami Herald/MCT) JOE RIMKUS, JR. / MBR

  • Carli Lloyd of the United States, front, jumps into the arms of teammate Angela Hucles after an overtime victory for gold over Brazil on Thursday, August 21, 2008, in the Games of the the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. (Joe Rimkus Jr./Miami Herald/MCT) JOE RIMKUS, JR. / MBR

  • Members of the United States women's soccer team celebrate an overtime victory over Brazil in the gold medal match on Thursday, August 21, 2008, in the Games of the the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. (Joe Rimkus Jr./Miami Herald/MCT) JOE RIMKUS, JR. / MBR

  • Lori Chalupny of the United States, right, collides with Simone of Brazil on Thursday, August 21, 2008, in the gold medal match in the Games of the the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. (Joe Rimkus Jr./Miami Herald/MCT) JOE RIMKUS, JR. / MBR

  • Marta of Brazil, right, takes a shot as Heather Mitts of the United States defends in the gold medal match on Thursday, August 21, 2008, in the Games of the the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. (Joe Rimkus Jr./Miami Herald/MCT) JOE RIMKUS, JR. / MBR

  • Heather Mitts of the United States, left, is called for a foul and given a warning for this play on Formiga of Brazil in the gold medal match on Thursday, August 21, 2008, in the Games of the the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. (Joe Rimkus Jr./Miami Herald/MCT) JOE RIMKUS, JR. / MBR

  • Marta of Brazil gets the ball past a falling Shannon Boxx of the United States defends in the gold medal match on Thursday, August 21, 2008, in the Games of the the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. (Joe Rimkus Jr./Miami Herald/MCT) JOE RIMKUS, JR. / MBR

  • Amy Rodriguez of the United States women's soccer team consoles Renata of Brazil after a U.S. overtime victory for gold on Thursday, August 21, 2008, in the Games of the the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. (Joe Rimkus Jr./Miami Herald/MCT) JOE RIMKUS, JR. / MBR

  • Erika of Brazil, right, collides with Amy Rodriguez of the United States in a U.S. overtime victory for gold on Thursday, August 21, 2008, in the Games of the the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. (Joe Rimkus Jr./Miami Herald/MCT) JOE RIMKUS, JR. / MBR

  • Amy Rodriguez of the United States celebrates with the flag after a U.S. overtime victory over Brazil for gold on Thursday, August 21, 2008, in the Games of the the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. (Joe Rimkus Jr./Miami Herald/MCT) JOE RIMKUS, JR. / MBR

  • Tania of Brazil battles Carli Lloyd and Angela Hucles of the United States in the gold medal match on Thursday, August 21, 2008, in the Games of the the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. (Joe Rimkus Jr./Miami Herald/MCT) JOE RIMKUS, JR. / MBR

  • Members of the United States women's soccer team celebrate an overtime victory over Brazil in the gold medal match on Thursday, August 21, 2008, in the Games of the the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. (Joe Rimkus Jr./Miami Herald/MCT) JOE RIMKUS, JR. / MBR

  • Members of the United States women's soccer team run with flags after a U.S. overtime victory over Brazil for gold on Thursday, August 21, 2008, in the Games of the the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. (Joe Rimkus Jr./Miami Herald/MCT) JOE RIMKUS, JR. / MBR

  • Members of the United States women's soccer team celebrate a U.S. overtime victory over Brazil for gold on Thursday, August 21, 2008, in the Games of the the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. (Joe Rimkus Jr./Miami Herald/MCT) JOE RIMKUS, JR. / MBR

  • Cristane of Brazil is defended by Lori Chalupny, left, and Kate Markgraf on a shot on Thursday, August 21, 2008, in the Games of the the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. (Joe Rimkus Jr./Miami Herald/MCT) JOE RIMKUS, JR. / MBR

  • Carli Lloyd of the United States, front, gets a hug from teammate Angela Hucles after an overtime victory for gold over Brazil on Thursday, August 21, 2008, in the Games of the the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. (Joe Rimkus Jr./Miami Herald/MCT) JOE RIMKUS, JR. / MBR

  • Lori Chalupny of the United States hits the ground after a collision with Marta of Brazil in the gold medal match on Thursday, August 21, 2008, in the Games of the the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. (Joe Rimkus Jr./Miami Herald/MCT) JOE RIMKUS, JR. / MBR

  • Members of the United States women's soccer team celebrate winning gold in overtime against Brazil on Thursday, August 21, 2008, in the Games of the the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. (Joe Rimkus Jr./Miami Herald/MCT) JOE RIMKUS, JR. / MBR

  • Fans cheer on the United States women's soccer team against Brazil in the gold medal match on Thursday, August 21, 2008, in the Games of the the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. (Joe Rimkus Jr./Miami Herald/MCT) JOE RIMKUS, JR. / MBR

  • Christie Rampone and Shannon Boxx of the United States women's soccer team celebrate winning gold in overtime against Brazil on Thursday, August 21, 2008, in the Games of the the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. (Joe Rimkus Jr./Miami Herald/MCT) JOE RIMKUS, JR. / MBR

  • Christie Rampone of the United States women's soccer team celebrates winning gold in overtime against Brazil on Thursday, August 21, 2008, in the Games of the the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. (Joe Rimkus Jr./Miami Herald/MCT) JOE RIMKUS, JR. / MBR

  • Carli Lloyd of the United States, front, jumps into the arms of teammate Angela Hucles after an overtime victory for gold over Brazil on Thursday, August 21, 2008, in the Games of the the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. (Joe Rimkus Jr./Miami Herald/MCT) JOE RIMKUS, JR. / MBR

  • Members of the United States women's soccer team celebrate an overtime victory over Brazil in the gold medal match on Thursday, August 21, 2008, in the Games of the the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. (Joe Rimkus Jr./Miami Herald/MCT) JOE RIMKUS, JR. / MBR

  • Lori Chalupny of the United States, right, collides with Simone of Brazil on Thursday, August 21, 2008, in the gold medal match in the Games of the the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. (Joe Rimkus Jr./Miami Herald/MCT) JOE RIMKUS, JR. / MBR

  • Marta of Brazil, right, takes a shot as Heather Mitts of the United States defends in the gold medal match on Thursday, August 21, 2008, in the Games of the the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. (Joe Rimkus Jr./Miami Herald/MCT) JOE RIMKUS, JR. / MBR

  • Heather Mitts of the United States, left, is called for a foul and given a warning for this play on Formiga of Brazil in the gold medal match on Thursday, August 21, 2008, in the Games of the the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. (Joe Rimkus Jr./Miami Herald/MCT) JOE RIMKUS, JR. / MBR

  • Marta of Brazil gets the ball past a falling Shannon Boxx of the United States defends in the gold medal match on Thursday, August 21, 2008, in the Games of the the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. (Joe Rimkus Jr./Miami Herald/MCT) JOE RIMKUS, JR. / MBR

  • Amy Rodriguez of the United States women's soccer team consoles Renata of Brazil after a U.S. overtime victory for gold on Thursday, August 21, 2008, in the Games of the the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. (Joe Rimkus Jr./Miami Herald/MCT) JOE RIMKUS, JR. / MBR

  • Erika of Brazil, right, collides with Amy Rodriguez of the United States in a U.S. overtime victory for gold on Thursday, August 21, 2008, in the Games of the the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. (Joe Rimkus Jr./Miami Herald/MCT) JOE RIMKUS, JR. / MBR

  • Amy Rodriguez of the United States celebrates with the flag after a U.S. overtime victory over Brazil for gold on Thursday, August 21, 2008, in the Games of the the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. (Joe Rimkus Jr./Miami Herald/MCT) JOE RIMKUS, JR. / MBR

  • Tania of Brazil battles Carli Lloyd and Angela Hucles of the United States in the gold medal match on Thursday, August 21, 2008, in the Games of the the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. (Joe Rimkus Jr./Miami Herald/MCT) JOE RIMKUS, JR. / MBR

  • Members of the United States women's soccer team celebrate an overtime victory over Brazil in the gold medal match on Thursday, August 21, 2008, in the Games of the the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. (Joe Rimkus Jr./Miami Herald/MCT) JOE RIMKUS, JR. / MBR

  • A referee glares at Dwyane Wade of the United States after an argument over a foul in a game against Australia on Wednesday, August 20, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. (Joe Rimkus Jr/Miami Herald/MCT) JOE RIMKUS JR. / MBR

  • Dwyane Wade of the United States pulls down a rebound in a game against Australia on Wednesday, August 20, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. (Joe Rimkus Jr/Miami Herald/MCT) JOE RIMKUS JR. / MBR

  • Dwyane Wade of the United States drives between Matt Nielsen, left, and Shawn Redhage of Australia on Wednesday, August 20, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. (Joe Rimkus Jr/Miami Herald/MCT) JOE RIMKUS JR. / MBR

  • Kobe Bryant, left, and LeBron James of the United States share a laugh on the bench during a game Australia on Wednesday, August 20, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. (Joe Rimkus Jr/Miami Herald/MCT) JOE RIMKUS JR. / MBR

  • Chris Bosh of the United States (12) is fouled by Mark Worthington of Australia on Wednesday, August 20, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. (Joe Rimkus Jr/Miami Herald/MCT) JOE RIMKUS JR. / MBR

  • Andrew Bogut of Australia drives against Chris Bosh (12), LeBron James and Deron Williams (7) of the United States on Wednesday, August 20, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. (Joe Rimkus Jr/Miami Herald/MCT) JOE RIMKUS JR. / MBR

  • Jason Kidd, left, Kobe Bryant, center, and LeBron James of the United States share a laugh on the bench during a game Australia on Wednesday, August 20, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. (Joe Rimkus Jr/Miami Herald/MCT) JOE RIMKUS JR. / MBR

  • Chris Bosh (12) and Chris Paul of the United States and David Anderson of Australia can't handle a rebound on Wednesday, August 20, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. (Joe Rimkus Jr/Miami Herald/MCT) JOE RIMKUS JR. / MBR

  • Women's marathon runners past by Tian'amen's Square and portrait of Chairman Mao on Sunday, August 17, 2008 in the Games of the the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Women's marathon runners past by Tian'amen's Square and portrait of Chairman Mao on Sunday, August 17, 2008 in the Games of the the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Women's marathon runners past by Tian'amen's Square and portrait of Chairman Mao, Sunday, August 17, 2008 in the Games of the the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Women's marathon runners past by Tian'amen's Square Sunday, August 17, 2008 in the Games of the the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Women's marathon runners past by Tian'amen's Square Sunday, August 17, 2008 in the Games of the the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Sweden's Zuzana Tomas is in pain as she crosses the finish line of the women's marathon Sunday, August 17, 2008 in the Games of the the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Ireland's Pauline Curley kisses the track after crossing the finish line of the women's marathon Sunday, August 17, 2008 in the Games of the the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Germany' Melanie Kraus celebrates as she crosses finish line of the women's marathon Sunday, August 17, 2008 in the Games of the the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • New Zealand's Liza Hunter-Galvan collapsed just past finish line of the women's marathon Sunday, August 17, 2008 in the Games of the the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • United States Blake Russell on her last lap in the stadium of the women's marathon Sunday, August 17, 2008 in the Games of the the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Lithuania's Zivile Balcinaite beats out China's Chunxiu Zhou for the silver medal at the finish line of the women's marathon Sunday, August 17, 2008 in the Games of the the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Women's marathon winner Romania's Constantina Tomescu waves as she passes by the sign with her time of 2.26:44 of the women's marathon Sunday, August 17, 2008 in the Games of the the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Women's marathon winner Romania's Constantina Tomescu crosses the finish line of the women's marathon Sunday, August 17, 2008 in the Games of the the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Women's marathon winner Romania's Constantina Tomescu crosses the finish line of the women's marathon Sunday, August 17, 2008 in the Games of the the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Jingjing Guo of China fixes her hair during the women's 3-meter springboard semifinals on Saturday, August 16, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Jingjing Guo of China competes in the women's 3-meter springboard semifinals on Saturday, August 16, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Anna Lindberg of Sweden competes in the women's 3-meter springboard semifinals on Saturday, August 16, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Christina Loukas of the United States competes in the women's 3-meter springboard semifinals on Saturday, August 16, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Tania Cagnaotto of Italy competes in the women's 3-meter springboard semifinals on Saturday, August 16, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Julia Pakhalina of Russia competes in the women's 3-meter springboard semifinals on Saturday, August 16, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Nancilea Foster of the United States competes in the women's 3-meter springboard semifinals on Saturday, August 16, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Sharleen Stratton of Australia competes in the women's 3-meter springboard semifinals on Saturday, August 16, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Tania Caganotto of Italy competes in the women's 3-meter springboard semifinals on Saturday, August 16, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Minxia Wu of China competes in the women's 3-meter springboard semifinals on Saturday, August 16, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Anna Lindberg of Sweden competes in the women's 3-meter springboard semifinals on Saturday, August 16, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Nacilea Foster of the United States preps herself for a dive in the women's 3-meter springboard semifinals on Saturday, August 16, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Jingjing Guo of China competes in the women's 3-meter springboard semifinals on Saturday, August 16, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Michael Phelps of the United States starts his way to another gold and an Olympic record in the 100-meter butterfly on Saturday, August 16, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Michael Phelps of the United States swims to another gold and a world record in the 100-meter butterfly on Saturday, August 16, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Michael Phelps of the United States swims to another gold and an Olympic record in the 100-meter butterfly on Saturday, August 16, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Michael Phelps of the United States swims to another gold and an Olympic record in the 100-meter butterfly on Saturday, August 16, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Michael Phelps of the United States swims to another gold and an Olympic record in the 100-meter butterfly on Saturday, August 16, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Michael Phelps of the United States celebrates another gold and a world record in the 100-meter butterfly on Saturday, August 16, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Michael Phelps of the United States celebrates another gold and an Olympic record in the 100-meter butterfly on Saturday, August 16, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Michael Phelps of the United States shakes hands with silver medalist Milorad Cavic of Serbica after winning gold in the 100-meter butterfly on Saturday, August 16, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Michael Phelps of the United States waves as he sports his gold medal in the 100-meter butterfly, his seventh gold of the Games, on Saturday, August 16, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. At left is silver medalist Milorad Cavic of Serbia. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Michael Phelps of the United States sports his gold medal in the 100-meter butterfly, his seventh gold of the Games, on Saturday, August 16, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Michael Phelps of the United States waves as he sports his gold medal in the 100-meter butterfly, his seventh gold of the Games, on Saturday, August 16, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. At left is silver medalist Milorad Cavic of Serbia. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Dara Torres of the United States swims in a heat of the 50-meter freestyle on Saturday, August 16, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Margaret Hoelzer of the United States celebrates her silver medal in the 200-meter backstroke on Saturday, August 16, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Elizabeth Beisel of the United States starts in the 200-meter backstroke final on Saturday, August 16, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Margaret Hoelzer of the United States swims to silver in the 200-meter backstroke final on Saturday, August 16, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Margaret Hoelzer of the United States swims to silver in the 200-meter backstroke final on Saturday, August 16, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Kirsty Coventry of Zimbabwe celebrates her gold in the 200-meter backstroke final on Saturday, August 16, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Kirsty Coventry of Zimbabwe swims to gold in the 200-meter backstroke final on Saturday, August 16, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Michael Phelps of the United States catches up to Milorad Cavic of Serbica on his way to gold in the 100-meter butterfly on Saturday, August 16, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Tyson Gay of the United States, right, leads Danny D'Souza of Seychelles in 100-meter heats Friday, Aug. 15, 2008, at the Olympics in Beijing. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MCT

  • Runners compete in a heat in the women's 100 meters Friday, Aug. 15, 2008, at the Olympics in Beijing. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MCT

  • Usain Bolt of Jamaica competes in a second-round heat of the 100 meters Friday, Aug. 15, 2008, at the Olympics in Beijing. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MCT

  • Antjer Modner of Germany, left, and Elana Romagnolo of Italy collapse after crossing the finish line in the 3,000-mter steeplechase on Friday, Aug. 15, 2008, at the Olympics in Beijing. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MCT

  • Reed Hoffa of the United States competes in the shot put Friday, Aug. 15, 2008, at the Olympics in Beijing. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MCT

  • Christian Cantwell of the United States competes in the shot put Friday, Aug. 15, 2008, at the Olympics in Beijing. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MCT

  • Tyson Gay of the United States competes in a 100-meter heat Friday, Aug. 15, 2008, at the Olympics in Beijing. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MCT

  • Tyson Gay of the United States competes in a heat of the men's 100 meters Friday, Aug. 15, 2008, at the Olympics in Beijing. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MCT

  • Asafa Powell of Jamaica competes in 100-meter heats Friday, Aug. 15, 2008, at the Olympics in Beijing. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MCT

  • Richard Thompson of Trinidad and Tobago competes in a 100-meter heat Friday, Aug. 15, 2008, at the Olympics in Beijing. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MCT

  • From left, Pierre Brown of Canada, Michael Frater of Jamaica and Idrissa Sanou of Burma compete in 100-meter heats Friday, Aug. 15, 2008, at the Olympics in Beijing. JOE RIMKUS, JR. / MBR

  • Laurien Hoos of the Netherlands competes in the hurdles during the heptathlon Friday, Aug. 15, 2008, at the Olympics in Beijing. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MCT

  • Jennifer Oeser and Lilli Schwarzkoff of Germany compete in the hurdles during the heptathlon Friday, Aug. 15, 2008, at the Olympics in Beijing. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MCT

  • Diana Pickler of the United States falls to her knees after crossing the finish line in the hurdles during the heptathlon Friday, Aug. 15, 2008, at the Olympics in Beijing. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MCT

  • Perikis Iakovakis of Greece, from left, Dai Tamesue of Japan and Kerron Clement of the United States compete in a heat of the 400 hurdles Friday, Aug. 15, 2008, at the Olympics in Beijing. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MCT

  • Runners compete in a heat in the 1,500-meter run Friday, Aug. 15, 2008, at the Olympics in Beijing. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MCT

  • Usain Bolt of Jamaica, left, and Jenris Vizcaino of Cuba compete in 100-meter heats Friday, Aug. 15, 2008, at the Olympics in Beijing. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MCT

  • Tyson Gay of the United States, right, runs against Richard Thompson of Trinidad and Tobago, left, and Olusoji Fasbu of Nigeria in 100-meter second-round heats Friday, Aug. 15, 2008, at the Olympics in Beijing. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MCT

  • Angelo Taylor of the United States competes in a heat of the 400 hurdles Friday, Aug. 15, 2008, at the Olympics in Beijing. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MCT

  • Miami's Bershawn Jackson, left, and Pieter de Viliers of South Africa compete in a heat of the 400 hurdles Friday, Aug. 15, 2008, at the Olympics in Beijing. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MCT

  • Michael Phelps of the United States swims in a qualifying heat for the 100-meter butterfly on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008, in Beijing. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MCT

  • Michael Phelps of the U.S. swims in a qualifying heat for the 100-meter butterfly on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008, in Beijing. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MCT

  • Basketball player Steffen Hamann of Germany has the Olympic rings cut and dyed on his head during a game against Spain on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008, in Beijing. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MCT

  • Shawn Johnson of the United States competes on the uneven bars in the women's team final Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2008, at the Olympics in Beijing. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MCT

  • Shawn Johnson of the United States competes on the beam in the women's gymnastics team final Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2008, at the Olympics in Beijing. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MCT

  • Alicia Sacramone of the United States reacts after falling while competing on the beam in the women's team final Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2008, at the Olympics in Beijing. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MCT

  • Shanshan Li of China competes on the beam in the women's team final Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2008, at the Olympics in Beijing. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MCT

  • Shawn Johnson of the United States reacts after competing on the beam in the women's team final Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2008, at the Olympics in Beijing. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MCT

  • Alicia Sacramone of the United States walks to coach Martha Karolyi after losing her balance on the beam in the women's team final Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2008, at the Olympics in Beijing. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MCT

  • Alicia Sacramone of the United States loses her balance on the beam in the women's team final Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2008, at the Olympics in Beijing. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MCT

  • Alicia Sacramone of the United States is comforted by coach Martha Karolyi after falling on the beam in the women's team final Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2008, at the Olympics in Beijing. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MCT

  • Kimberly Glass (10) of the United States spikes the ball against Cuba's Daimi Ramirez and Rachel Sanchez on Monday, Aug. 11, 2008, at the Olympics in Beijing. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MCT

  • Kim Willoughby of the United States spikes the ball against Cuba's Daimi Ramirez on Monday, Aug. 11, 2008, at the Olympics in Beijing. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MCT

  • Logan Tom of the United States gets a shot past Cuba's Rachel Sanchez (9) and Daimi Ramirez on Monday, Aug. 11, 2008, at the Olympics in Beijing. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MCT

  • Nicole Davis of the United States dives for a dig against Cuba on Monday, Aug. 11, 2008, at the Olympics in Beijing. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MCT

  • Nicole Davis of the U.S. lies on the floor after a straight-sets loss to Cuba in volleyball on Monday, Aug. 11, 2008, at the Olympics in Beijing. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MCT

  • Danielle Scott-Arruda and Logan Tom of the United States can't stop a shot by Cuba's Yanelis Santos on Monday, Aug. 11, 2008, at the Olympics in Beijing. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MCT

  • Cuba's Nancy Carrillo, Yanelis Santos and Daimi Ramirez celebrate a point against the United States on Monday, Aug. 11, 2008, at the Olympics in Beijing. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MCT

  • Tayyiba Haneef-Park and Danielle Scott-Arruda block a shot by Cuba's Nancy Carillo on Monday, Aug. 11, 2008, at the Olympics in Beijing. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MCT

  • Kimberly Glass (10) of the U.S. gets a shot past Cuba's Rosir Calderon (12) and Nancy Carrillo on Monday, Aug. 11, 2008, at the Olympics in Beijing. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MCT

  • The Cuban volleyball team celebrates a point against the U.S. on Monday, Aug. 11, 2008, at the Olympics is Beijing. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MCT

  • Danielle Scott-Arruda (2) of the United States hits a shot against Cuba's Yumilka Ruiz on Monday, Aug. 11, 2008, at the Olympics in Beijing. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MCT

  • Yaneis Santos of Cuba, center, reacts after scoring a point on Team USA in volleyball Monday, Aug. 11, 2008, at the Olympics in Beijing. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MCT

  • Danielle Scott-Arruda (2) and Logan Tom can't stop a shot by Cuba's Yaneis Santos on Monday, Aug. 11, 2008, at the Olympics in Beijing. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MCT

  • Coach Lang Ping of the United States instructs her team during a volleyball loss to Cuba on Monday, Aug. 11, 2008, at the Olympics in Beijing. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MCT

  • Serena Williams of the United States serves in her opening round match against Olga Govortsova of Belarus on Sunday, August 10, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Crew members try to mop up rainwater that caused a delay in the start of tennis competition on Sunday, August 10, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS, JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Serena Williams of the United States returns a shot in her opening round match on Sunday, August 10, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Serena Williams of the United States hits a shot in her opening round match on Sunday, August 10, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Serena Williams of the United States hits a shot in her opening round match on Sunday, August 10, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS, JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Serena Williams of the United States hits a shot in her opening round match on Sunday, August 10, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Serena Williams of the United States hits a shot in her opening round match on Sunday, August 10, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • James Blake of the United States hits a shot in his opening round match on Sunday, August 10, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS, JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • James Blake of the United States hits a shot in his opening round match on Sunday, August 10, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS, JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • James Blake of the United States hits a shot in his opening round match on Sunday, August 10, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS, JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • James Blake of the United States hits a shot in his opening round match on Sunday, August 10, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS, JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • USA's Lebron James (6) dunks in the first quarter of their opening round contest at Olympic Basketball Stadium in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. USA defeated China 101-70. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • USA's Dwyane Wade (9) dunks in the first quarter of their opening round contest at Olympic Basketball Stadium in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. USA defeated China 101-70. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • USA's Dwyane Wade (9) dunks over China's Jianian Yi (11) in the first quarter of their opening round contest at Olympic Basketball Stadium in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. USA defeated China 101-70. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • China's Fangu Zhu (8) tries to pass around USA's Kobe Bryant (10) in the first quarter of their opening round contest at Olympic Basketball Stadium in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. USA defeated China 101-70. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • China's National flag and the US flag are displayed by fans in the second quarter of their opening round contest at Olympic Basketball Stadium in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. USA defeated China 101-70. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • USA's Lebron James (6) shoots over China's Wang Zhizhi (14) in the third quarter of their opening round contest at Olympic Basketball Stadium in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. USA defeated China 101-70. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • USA's Lebron James (6) shoots over China's Yao Ming (13) in the third quarter of their opening round contest at Olympic Basketball Stadium in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. USA defeated China 101-70. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • USA's Kobe Bryant (10) dunks over China's Yao Ming (13) in the third quarter of their opening round contest at Olympic Basketball Stadium in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. USA defeated China 101-70. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • USA's Dwyane Wade steals ball from China's Liu Wei (5) in the third quarter of their opening round contest at Olympic Basketball Stadium in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. USA defeated China 101-70. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • USA's Dwyane Wade (9) goes up over China's Nan Li (10) in the third quarter of their opening round contest at Olympic Basketball Stadium in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. USA defeated China 101-70. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • China's Yao Ming (13) wraps up USA's Dwight Howard in the fourth quarter of their opening round contest at Olympic Basketball Stadium in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. USA defeated China 101-70. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • USA's Kobe Bryant, left and Dwyane Wade have a laugh on the bench in the fourth quarter of their opening round contest at Olympic Basketball Stadium in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. USA defeated China 101-70. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • USA's Kobe Bryant, left and Dwyane Wade have a laugh on the bench in the fourth quarter of their opening round contest at Olympic Basketball Stadium in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. USA defeated China 101-70. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • China's Yao Ming and USA's Kobe Bryant hug after their opening round contest at Olympic Basketball Stadium in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. USA defeated China 101-70. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • The Olympic road cycling competitors ride through Tian'anmen Square on Saturday, August 9, 2008, on the first full day of competition in the Games of the the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • The Olympic road cycling competitors ride through Tian'anmen Square on Saturday, August 9, 2008, on the first full day of competition in the Games of the the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Though not part of Olympic competition, a Chinese worker waves as he rides through Tian'anmen Square ahead of the Olympic Road Cycling race on Saturday, August 9, 2008, on the first full day of competition in the Games of the the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Tunisia's Azza Besbes reacts after losing her sabre quarterfinal match to Becca Ward of the United States on Saturday, August 9, 2008, during the Games of the the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • U.S. fencer Sada Jacobson, right, lunges for Olena Khomrova of the Ukraine during their sabre quarterfinal on Saturday, August 9, 2008, during the Games of the the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • U.S. fencer Sada Jacobson, right, scores a point on Olena Khomrova of the Ukraine during their sabre quarterfinal on Saturday, August 9, 2008, during the Games of the the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • U.S. fencer Sada Jacobson indicates scoring a point on Olena Khomrova of the Ukraine during their sabre quarterfinal on Saturday, August 9, 2008, during the Games of the the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • U.S. fencer Sada Jacobson celebrates her win over Olena Khomrova of the Ukraine during their sabre quarterfinal on Saturday, August 9, 2008, during the Games of the the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • U.S. fencer Sada Jacobson celebrates her win over Olena Khomrova of the Ukraine during their sabre quarterfinal on Saturday, August 9, 2008, during the Games of the the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush poses for a photo with U.S. Olympic fencers who took the three medals in sabre on Saturday, August 9, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. Seated, from left, are Sada Jacobson, silver, Becca Ward, bronze and gold medalist Mariel Zagunis. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • American fencers took the three medals in sabre on Saturday, August 9, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. From left are silver medalist Sada Jacobson, gold medalist Mariel Zagunis and bronze medalist Becca Ward. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Gold medalist Mariel Zagunis of the United States, left, scores a point against fellow American and silver medalist Sada Jacobson in the sabre competition on Saturday, August 9, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Mariel Zagunis of the United States celebrates winning gold in the sabre competition on Saturday, August 9, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Becca Ward of the United States celebrates winning bronze in the sabre competition on Saturday, August 9, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Becca Ward of the United States celebrates winning bronze in the sabre competition on Saturday, August 9, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Bronze medalist Becca Ward of the United States, left, fends of an attack from Russia's Sofiya Velikaya in the medal round of the sabre competition on Saturday, August 9, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • The Olympic Rings rise in the National Stadium during the opening ceremony on Friday, August 8, 2008, to kick of the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • The Olympic flame makes its way up to the cauldron on the roof of the National Stadium during the opening ceremony on Friday, August 8, 2008, to kick off the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Fireworks explode as the Olympic flame burns in the cauldron on the roof of the National Stadium during the opening ceremony on Friday, August 8, 2008, to kick off the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Fireworks explode in the National Stadium during the opening ceremony on Friday, August 8, 2008, to kick of the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Fireworks illuminate the National Stadium during the opening ceremony on Friday, August 8, 2008, to kick off the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Fireworks explode in the National Stadium during the opening ceremony on Friday, August 8, 2008, to kick of the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Fireworks illuminate the National Stadium during the opening ceremony on Friday, August 8, 2008, to kick off the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Fireworks illuminate the National Stadium during the opening ceremony on Friday, August 8, 2008, to kick off the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MBR

  • A globe shines in the National Stadium during the opening ceremony on Friday, August 8, 2008, to kick off the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A globe shines in the National Stadium during the opening ceremony on Friday, August 8, 2008, to kick off the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Fireworks explode over the roof of the National Stadium during the opening ceremony on Friday, August 8, 2008, to kick off the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Performers take part in the National Stadium during the opening ceremony on Friday, August 8, 2008, to kick off the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Performers take part in the National Stadium during the opening ceremony on Friday, August 8, 2008, to kick off the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Performers take part in the National Stadium during the opening ceremony on Friday, August 8, 2008, to kick off the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • The Canadian team enters the National Stadium during the opening ceremony on Friday, August 8, 2008, to kick off the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Chinese dragons entertain the crowd in the National Stadium before the opening ceremony on Friday, August 8, 2008, to kick of the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Members of Team USA march into the National Stadium during the opening ceremony on Friday, August 8, 2008, to kick off the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Performers take part in the National Stadium during the opening ceremony on Friday, August 8, 2008, to kick off the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Performers take part in the National Stadium during the opening ceremony on Friday, August 8, 2008, to kick off the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Performers take part in the National Stadium during the opening ceremony on Friday, August 8, 2008, to kick off the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Performers take part in the National Stadium during the opening ceremony on Friday, August 8, 2008, to kick off the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Mijain Lopez carries the flag for Cuba in the National Stadium during the opening ceremony on Friday, August 8, 2008, to kick off the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Performers take part in the National Stadium during the opening ceremony on Friday, August 8, 2008, to kick off the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Performers form the perimeter of athletes in the National Stadium during the opening ceremony on Friday, August 8, 2008, to kick off the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Virgil Hodge carries the flag for St. Kitts and Nevis into the National Stadium during the opening ceremony on Friday, August 8, 2008, to kick off the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Performers take part in the National Stadium during the opening ceremony on Friday, August 8, 2008, to kick off the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Performers take part in the National Stadium during the opening ceremony on Friday, August 8, 2008, to kick off the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • U.S. President George W Bush and first lady Laura Bush stand as members of Team USA march into the National Stadium during the opening ceremony on Friday, August 8, 2008, to kick off the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Performers take part in the National Stadium during the opening ceremony on Friday, August 8, 2008, to kick off the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Performers take part in the National Stadium during the opening ceremony on Friday, August 8, 2008, to kick off the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Soldiers carry the Chinese flag in the National Stadium during the opening ceremony on Friday, August 8, 2008, to kick of the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Drummers performs in the National Stadium during the opening ceremony on Friday, August 8, 2008, to kick of the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Drummers performs in the National Stadium during the opening ceremony on Friday, August 8, 2008, to kick of the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS, JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A haze hangs in the air on Thursday, August 7, 2008, in Beijing, China, which will host the opening of the Olympic Games on Friday. JOE RIMKUS, JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A grounds' crew member waters the field at the Beijing Wukeson Sports Center field on Thursday, August 7, 2008, the day before the opening ceremony of the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS, JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Security workers walk through the Olympic Park on Thursday, August 7, 2008, the day before the opening ceremony of the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS, JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A young girl holding her umbrella gets a ride on the back of a bicycle on Thursday, August 7, 2008, the day before the opening ceremony of the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS, JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Security workers walk across a plaza in the Olympic Park on Thursday, August 7, 2008, the day before the opening ceremony of the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS, JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A worker cleans up outside the basketball arena on Thursday, August 7, 2008, the day before the opening ceremony of the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS, JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Security workers walk by a large poster of American swimmer Michael Phelps in the Olympic Park on Thursday, August 7, 2008, the day before the opening ceremony of the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF