It's Over. Top 10 Moments of the Beijing Olympics.

Highs and Lows of the Beijing Games

(Image Source – Times of India – Click to Enlarge)

The 2008 Beijing Olympics are over. The winner is China and mass consumption and among the losers are the actual rural and migrant workers of China, the ones doing the clean-up and well, us for watching the capitalist and nationalist spectacle.

I covered the high point of the event for me (here and here), some of the things I could not tolerate and some that left me with ambigious feelings. And shockingly, none of it involves women’s beach volleyball!

Times of India printed a TOP 10 Moments of the Olympics and Olympic Factfile that can be accessed in actual newsprint format here — Obviously I use Times of India as an unbiased source given how many in American media and blogosphere were whining about scores and medals. But feel free to give your own views.

Usain Bolt
USAIN BOLT breaks the 100 metres world record. Bolt already owned the record and in front of a packed Bird’s Nest stadium he ran 9.69 seconds. He thumped his chest in triumph over the last few
metres before his ‘marksman’ celebration which became one of the lasting images of the Games.

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Motorists – DO NOT honk at cyclists! Share the road.

This has to be my biggest pet peeve as a frequent cyclist, especially when I bike to and from the gym. In California, it is ILLEGAL to honk at cyclists, telling them to get ‘off the road’ and harassing them in other ways. There is no need to honk for an ‘alert’ since the person on the bike can hear you. The honking from close proximity especially, can startle the cyclist, make them swerve and really get into an accident as has almost happened with me–a self-fulfilling prophecy. I almost want to invest in a honk myself to honk right back or throw something at the person’s windshield for almost causing an accident.

ALL ROADS ARE BIKEWAYS unless otherwise stated. A cyclist has as much right to the road as a motorist, PERIOD. If there is no bike lane, do not expect the cyclist to ride on the sidewalk–Again, that is illegal in California. Additionally, a motorist should not drive and may NOT park in a bike lane as that forces the cyclist onto direct traffic. Seriously, stop acting like you own the road and move your gas-guzzling tonnes of steel over.