2008 Summer Olympic Games

Season 1 Episode 2

Day 1

Aired Daily 8:00 PM Aug 09, 2008 on NBC
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Day 1
On this first day of competition at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, medals will be awarded in weightlifting, cycling, fencing, judo and shooting.

Preliminary events will be held in archery, badminton, basketball, beach volleyball, boxing, diving, equestrian, gymnastics, handball, rowing, sailing, soccer, swimming and volleyball.moreless

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  • Really a good start so far!

    Well, the Beijing Olympics, which faced a lot of flap. Over human rights issues and all of that, begin so far. So good, with Michael Phelps record to reach eight golds. And they also have volleyball, judo, and swimming. Swimming will be the first week while the second week, it will be track and field. Really it is nice to see someone like Dara Torres swim. With people that are half of her age. She was 41 and even submitted to drug tests voluntarily. Despite the drug doping thing that has been plaguing the games as of lately. But glad that it came off on a good start.moreless
  • A good start to the 2008 Summer Olympics with Michael Phelps starting his quest for eight gold medals in Beijing.

    (spoilers below)

    The highlight of this first official day of competition was Michael Phelps in his first swimming final, the 400m Individual Medley. He got his Games off to a great start by winning the gold medal in what may be his toughest individual event. Dozens of press photographers were on hand with telephoto lenses. President Bush was on hand with First Lady Laura Bush and their daughter Barbara. Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger also watched the proceedings.

    The gold-medal favorites in men's beach volleyball, Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers, lost their opening match against 23rd-ranked Aleksandrs Samoilovs and Martins Plavins from Latvia.

    Tae-Hwan Park won the first Olympic medal for South Korea in swimming by taking the gold in the Men's 400m Freestyle Finals.

    The 152-mile men's road race (cycling) provided one of the toughest endurance tests of these Games, one which Spaniard Samuel Sanchez passed and won.

    This first day of competition showcased some of the major stars and sports and some of the less prominent events. A good mix to kick off the Summer Games in Beijing.moreless
  • Swimming, volleyball and more.

    The 2008 Summer Olympic Games continued. At 2:00 A.M. on CNBC we had some okay, but kind of boring boxing. This style of fighting does not appeal to the masses and is too scientific to grab in viewers. Later on in the afternoon we had women's beach volleyball which is a really boring sport. Having only two players makes the game less exciting and I cannot stand how they have to high-five and celebrate after single play. We had swimming as well which is very uninteresting. Tomorrow will have some basketball so we can hope that things pick up from there.moreless
Bob Costas

Bob Costas

Primetime Host

Jim Lampley

Jim Lampley

Anchor - Afternoon Telecasts

Mary Carillo

Mary Carillo

Host - Late Night Telecasts, Olympic Correspondent

Alex Flanagan

Alex Flanagan

Host - CNBC and USA Network telecasts

Matt Vasgersian

Matt Vasgersian

Host - USA Network telecasts

Melissa Stark

Melissa Stark

Anchor - MSNBC telecasts

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Kosuke Kitajima (men's swimming 100 M breaststroke competitor from Japan and former Olympic gold medalist): I intend to break world records.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Technically, freestyle is not a swimming stroke. In relays, the swimmer cannot use one of the other official strokes (butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke) in the freestyle leg. Since the front crawl is the fastest stroke, Olympic competitors always use the front crawl during freestyle competitions and freestyle legs in relays.

    • MEDAL COUNT as of August 9, 2008, 9 pm Beijing Time

      Country _________ G____S____B___Total

      U.S. ____________ 1____1____1___3
      China ___________ 2____0____0___2
      South Korea _____ 1____1____0___2
      Czech Rep. ______ 1____0____0___1
      Romania _________ 1____0____0___1
      Spain ___________ 1____0____0___1
      Austria _________ 0____1____0___1
      Cuba ____________ 0____1____0___1
      Italy ___________ 0____1____0___1
      Russia __________ 0____1____0___1
      Turkey __________ 0____1____0___1
      Argentina _______ 0____0____1___1
      Chinese Taipei __ 0____0____1___1
      Croatia _________ 0____0____1___1
      Japan ___________ 0____0____1___1
      Netherlands _____ 0____0____1___1
      North Korea _____ 0____0____1___1
      Switzerland _____ 0____0____1___1
      Uzbekistan ______ 0____0____1___1

    • Dara Torres became the oldest U.S. woman swimmer to ever compete in an Olympic Games when she swam the anchor leg of the 4x100m Freestyle Relay at the age of 41. She is also the first U.S. swimmer to compete in five Olympics (1984, 1988, 1992, 2000, and 2008).

      In order to combat suspicions that she has used illegal performance-enhancing substances like steroids or growth hormone, she has voluntarily agreed to an enhanced drug-testing program. Her blood samples will be stored indefinitely so that they can be examined by more sophisticated tests in the future that may be capable of finding substances not detectable by current tests.

    • The Latvian men's beach volleyball team of Aleksandrs Samoilovs and Martins Plavins are the 23rd-seeded team in the Olympic competition. Because of the lack of depth in Latvian beach volleyball, the two-person team plays scrimmages against six-player teams in Latvia to simulate the better competition in international matches.

    • U.S. beach volleyball player Phil Dalhausser, who is 6'9" tall, is known by the nickname "The Thin Beast." U.S. president George Bush, who visited with the top U.S. beach volleyball players at a practice session in Beijing, gave him the nickname "Big Guy."