2008 Beijing Summer Olympics: Day 4

China Men's Gymnastics Li Xiaopeng

China was finally able to take home the men’s Gymnastics gold that they were expected to win 4 years ago. Winning seven of the last eight world titles and carrying the weight of a country’s hopes, China performed under immense pressue and was able to atone its collapse in Athens.

In swimming, Phelps’ count is at 3 (gold medals and world records). Coughlin wins her 100m backstroke gold while repping the Bay. Peirsol and Grevers take the top two spots in 100m backstroke.

Other Olympics links:

A hilarious must-read summarizing the “8 Opening Ceremonies Moments that Made Me Crap My Pants“.

Brad Pitt is an Olympic athlete.

And a sweet collection of photos.

China Men's Gymnastics Team Gold

2008 Beijing Summer Olympics – Opening Weekend

“People always step up and do things out of the ordinary at the Olympics.” –Jason Lezak

US men's swimming 4x100 relay team

It’s only day four, but the Olympics are definitely exceeding expectations. From the killer Opening Ceremony to the rainmaking in synchronized diving, these Olympics have my friends (Lisa Chu shoutout) and I extremely pumped up. And who knew China has a history of rocking women’s weightlifting?

The biggest competition of the games so far has to go to the men’s swimming 4×100 free relay. And the biggest triumph goes to the U.S. men’s relay team. The race was absolutely absurd with records being shattered left and right. In the end, Jason Lezak swam the greatest anchor leg in history against France’s Alain Bernard to come from behind in literally the last 10 meters to win by .08 seconds.

“I’m not going to lie,” Lezak said. “When I flipped at the 50 and I still saw how far ahead he was, and he was the world-record holder ’til about two minutes before that, when Sullivan led off with the world record, I thought, it really crossed my mind for a split second, there’s no way.

“Then I changed. I said, you know what, that’s ridiculous. This is the Olympics. I’m here for these guys. I’m here for the United States of America. It’s more than — I don’t care how bad it hurts, or whatever, I’m just going to go out there and hit it.”

US men's swimming 4x100 relay team member, Jason Lezak

The 2008 Olympics are making it rain. And NBC is busting its butt to cover it all so go soak it all up.