The estimated total cost (in USD) of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, including all infrastructure, venues, logistics and operating costs. A fair penny.
drummers kicked off the opening ceremony.
athletes from 204 countries competed in the 2008 Olympics.
world records were broken, while 109 new Olympic records were set.
Mongolia (men's judo) and Panama (men's long jump) collected their first-ever gold medals.
The Marshall Islands came too – they didn't win a medal, but it's the taking part that counts, of course.
The Bahamas (2) had the best medals per capita return, at one for every 153,725 people; India (3) had the worst, scooping up one for every 382,665,299 of its population.
China's final total medal count (following the later stripping of three golds) – 48 gold, 22 silver and 30 bronze.
Chinese gymnast Yang Wei wins gold in the men's individual all-round.
The age of the oldest competitor at the games, Japanese horse rider Hiroshi Hoketsu; 12-year-old Cameroonian swimmer Antoinette Guedia Mouafo was the youngest.
km travelled on the controversial pre-Olympic torch relay.
Sources: Nielsen, ESPN, Olympic.org