Beijing Olympics roundup (3)

Day 2 of Beijing Olympics; some random news and information…

First gold medals

Katerina Emmons of Czech Republic won first gold medal in 2008 Beijing Olympics
Katerina Emmons from Czech

The Chinese didn’t get the first gold medal of the 2008 Olympic Games as hoped… the honour belongs to Kateřina Emmons of Czech Republic in the women’s 10m air rifle event.

The Chinese’s disappointment didn’t stand long as weightlifter Chen Xiexia captured the first gold for the country in the women’s 48kg class weightlifting event moments later.

LEGO Sport City

An exhibition is currently running at Grand Century Place in Hong Kong with the major Beijing Olympics venues being recreated in LEGO.

Lego Sports City recreation of Beijing Olympics venues
The Lego Sport City (More info and pictures on Brothers-brick and HKlug)

The lucky babies

Remember the lucky number 8 I mentioned two days ago?

A family in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, is welcoming a baby girl born at 8:08am on the eighth day of August, weighing in at eight pounds, eight ounces.

Another family in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is welcoming a baby boy born at 8:08am on the eighth day of August, weighing in at eight pounds, eight ounces.

The two families should move to China so that the babies can be treated as god :p

The bread

A restaurant in Beijing has made a Bird’s Nest lookalike bread in conjunction with the Games. Many restaurants and bakeries in China are creating some bizarre looking food to celebrate the occasion (or maybe just to lure some customers)…

Bird Nest bread in Beijing, China
The Bird’s Nest bread (Image from Xinhuanet)

US visitor killed in Beijing

Here comes a sad news… a US tourist has been stabbed to death by a Chinese man while another was badly hurt. The pair are relatives of a US Olympic volleyball team coach.

The attack happened on Saturday at the Drum Tower, a 13th century landmark in central Beijing. The assailant then committed suicide by jumping from the tower… the motive is not known. [via BBC]

My condolences to the family and friends.

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  1. […] the name Kateřina Emmons sounds familiar to you, that’s because she is the winner of the first gold medal in Beijing Olympics […]