Beijing 2008 Summer Games Information, Daily Updates, Medal Counts & History Available From Infoplease

Up-to-Date Athlete & Game Information, Olympic Timeline, Quizzes & Puzzles Available on Reference Site

Boston (RUSHPRNEWS) August 5, 2008 — The 24-hour time difference won’t stand in the way of keeping track of favorite athletes and events at the Summer Olympic Games when you turn to The trusted reference Web site offers regularly updated information on the Beijing Summer Games 2008 ( results and standings, as well as insightful information about the controversies surrounding the host country and the deep history of the Olympic Games.
“For a few weeks every four years, nations around the world put aside their differences and focus on the excitement and drama of Olympic competition,” said Jess M. Brallier, publisher, Infoplease. “On Infoplease, we offer Olympic enthusiasts a unique combination of up-to-date results on the current games and resources to put the competition into a historical context and build a deeper understanding of the significance of this global celebration of athletic ability and world unity.”

Infoplease includes information on past Olympic Games and answers questions such as “Which athletes or countries typically win the most Olympic game medals?” or “How has the U.S. team fared overall in the Summer Olympic Games?” With the resources on Infoplease, it is easy to search the biographies of famous Olympic athletes ( past and present and learn more about the various events that are a part of the Summer Games.

For example, this summer when gymnast Paul Hamm and his twin brother Morgan compete, Olympic fans can revisit the controversy that surrounded Paul’s gold medal award at the summer 2004 Olympic Games and discuss how that might impact his performance four years later. Or they can learn more about the history of gymnastics and the games, going back to Ancient Olympic Games.

This year’s Summer Games have not been without controversy, and Infoplease has a wealth of information on the human rights, environmental and security concerns facing Beijing Olympic planners. When the games kick off in August, temperatures in Beijing will likely top out at 100 degrees in a city that grapples with pollution problems from industrial smog, cars and coal-burning power plants. Infoplease explains what government officials are doing to combat these issues.

The article “Controversy Surrounds Preparation for Beijing 2008 Olympic Games” also explores the human rights issues over the number of Chinese citizens who were allegedly displaced to make way for construction needed for the Summer Games.

After the sure-to-be dramatic opening of the Beijing 2008 Summer Game ( ceremonies and torch lighting, armchair athletes can use Infoplease to explore the history of the Olympic torch, what it symbolizes and how and why it makes its long journey around the world before each competition. An easy-to-use timeline of the Olympic Games ( on Infoplease traces the history back to Ancient Greece, culminating with the Summer Olympic Games 2008.

Links to more information in the timeline allow users to learn more about Summer Olympic traditions and delve more deeply into memorable moments in the history of the Summer Olympic ( Games, such as the first modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896, the tragic terrorist attacks of the 1972 Munich Summer Games or the undefeated run of the first U.S. “Dream Team” at the 1992 Summer Games in Barcelona.
Watching countless hours of competition on television and exploring the resources on Infoplease, Olympic fans can then test their knowledge with quizzes and crossword puzzles and Beijing 2008 Summer Game Trivia ( on

These fun activities test how much you know about the Summer Games sports and history, past Olympic host cities and the Olympic athletes who have become legends.

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