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2008 Olympic Games, Beijing

Date: 8th August – 28th August 2008
Venue: Hong Kong


On 13 July 2001, Beijing won the right to hold the 2008 Olympic Games when the IOC voted in favour of the Chinese capital at the expense of four other cities (Toronto, Istanbul, Paris and Osaka) bidding to host the Games. The thought that China should get the Olympic Games was barely imaginable at the time of the 2001 Moscow IOC Congress, due to a variety of factors, but hope that the Games would result in improvements dispelled possible reservations. The construction of all 31 Olympic venues in Beijing was well underway by 2007, with six venues also built outside the capital and 59 training centres. Approximately 40 billion US dollars were spent on the Games. As the number eight is considered lucky in China, the opening ceremony took place on 08.08.2008 at eight minutes past eight in the evening in the spectacular “Bird’s Nest” Olympic stadium. The breathtaking spectacle, which showcased unbelievable precision and stunning special effects, was watched by a global television audience of four billion people.

The equestrian events were held in Hong Kong, making it the third time the events of the same Olympics were held under the jurisdiction of two different NOCs.


Andrew NicholsonLord KillinghurstEventing IndividualDNF
Andrew NicholsonLord KillinghurstEventing Team5th
Bruce GoodinYamatoJumping Team14th
Bruce GoodinYamatoJumping Individual54th
Caroline PowellLenamoreEventing Team5th
Caroline PowellLenamoreEventing Individual14th
Daniel MeechSorbasShowjumping IndividualDNC
Heelan TompkinsSugoiEventing Team5th
Heelan TompkinsSugioEventing Individual51st
Joe MeyerSnipEventing Team5th
Joe MeyerSnipEventing Individual25th
Katie LaurieForrest IIShowjumping Team14th
Katie LaurieForrest IIShowjumping Individual71st
Kirk WebbySitahJumping Team14th
Kirk WebbySitahJumping Individual34th
Sharn WordleyRockvilleJumping Team14th
Sharn WordleyRockvilleJumping Individual70th
Sir Mark ToddGandalfEventing Team5th
Sir Mark ToddGandalfEventing Team5th
Sir Mark ToddGandalfEventing individual17th

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