• Biological remediation was used to treat the 800,000 tonnes of soil removed from the stadium site to the base of the Olympic village



    The stadium will be a hybrid structure of permanent and demountable elements

    1. Demountable fabric roof canopy
    2. Demountable wraparound video screen
    3. Demountable upper tier of 55,000 seats
    4. Permanent lower tier of 25,000 seats on concrete structure
    5. Permanent semi-basement of athletes’ changing rooms
    6. Demountable retail pods

     

     


  • Nazyr Mankiev (L) of Russia is announced as winner after defeating Rovshan Bayramov (R) of Azerbaijan at the men's Greco-Roman 55kg gold medal match at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, Aug. 12, 2008. Nazyr Mankiev won the bout and grabbed the gold medal of the event. (Xinhua Photo)

        BEIJING, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) -- Russian Nazyr Mankiev beat Rovshan Bayramov of Azerbaijan to take the men's 55kg Greco-Roman wrestling gold medal at the Beijing Olympic Games here on Tuesday.

        The bronze medal was shared by Roman Amoyan of Armenia and South Korean Park Eun-Chul.

     


  • Zhang Xiangxiang of China gestures during men's weightlifting 62kg Group A competition of Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at Beijing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics Gymnasium in Beijing, China, Aug. 11, 2008. Zhang claimed the title with a total result of 319kg in the event. (Xinhua/Yang Lei)


    Zhang Xiangxiang of China takes a lift during men's weightlifting 62kg Group A competition of Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at Beijing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics Gymnasium in Beijing, China, Aug. 11, 2008. Zhang claimed the title with a total result of 319kg in the event. (Xinhua/Wu Wei)


    Zhang Xiangxiang of China fails in his last lift attempt during men's weightlifting 62kg Group A competition of Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at Beijing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics Gymnasium in Beijing, China, Aug. 11, 2008. Zhang claimed the title with a total result of 319kg in the event. (Xinhua/Wu Wei)


    ]Zhang Xiangxiang of China takes a lift during men's weightlifting 62kg Group A competition of Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at Beijing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics Gymnasium in Beijing, China, Aug. 11, 2008. Zhang claimed the title with a total result of 319kg in the event. (Xinhua/Wu Wei)

  • This undated handout photo received by environmental group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) on August 6, 2008 shows US gold medal winning swimmer Amanda Beard posing for a promotional campaign against the use of fur. The two-time Olympic gold medallist and US team captain unveils the ad on August 6, 2008 in Beijing - two days before the start of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. [Agencies]


    Amanda Beard, two-time Olympic gold medalist and US team captain, unveils her nude poster for People For the Ethical Treatment of Aminals (PETA) at the Olympic Village in Beijing on August 6, 2008. Beard joining PETA, unveiled her nude poster as a campign advertisement titled "Be comfortable in your own skin. Don't wear fur" ahead of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. [Agencies]


    Amanda Beard (L) of the US talks with her team mate Brendan Hansen as they prepare for a training session at the National Aquatics Center, also known as the Water Cube, in preparation for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, in Beijing on August 7, 2008. The 2008 Beijing Olympic Games open on August 8. [Agencies]


    Amanda Beard (L) of the US talks with her team mate Brendan Hansen as they prepare for a training session at the National Aquatics Center, also known as the Water Cube, in preparation for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, in Beijing on August 7, 2008. The 2008 Beijing Olympic Games open on August 8. [Agencies]


    Amanda Beard of the US prepares for a training session at the National Aquatics Center, also known as the Water Cube, in preparation for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, in Beijing on August 7, 2008. The 2008 Beijing Olympic Games open on August 8. [Agencies]

  • Members of the Olympic Delegation of Greece, the home of the Olympic Games, firstly parade into the National Stadium, at the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, in Beijing, China, Aug. 8, 2008.(Xinhua/Guo Dayue


    Members of the Olympic Delegation of the Maldives, parade into the National Stadium, at the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, in Beijing, China, Aug. 8, 2008.(Xinhua/Guo Dayue)


    Members of the Olympic Delegation of Turkmenistan parade into the National Stadium, at the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, in Beijing, China, Aug. 8, 2008.(Xinhua/Liu Dawei)


    Members of the Olympic Delegation of Turkey parade into the National Stadium, at the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, in Beijing, China, Aug. 8, 2008. (Xinhua/Liu Dawei)


    Members of the Olympic Delegation of Marshall Islands parade into the National Stadium at the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, Aug. 8, 2008. (Xinhua/Liu Dawei)


    Members of the Olympic Delegation of Danmark parade into the National Stadium, at the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, in Beijing, China, Aug. 8, 2008. (Xinhua/Guo Dayue)


    Members of the Olympic Delegation of Benin parade into the National Stadium, at the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, in Beijing, China, Aug. 8, 2008. (Xinhua/Liu Dawei)


    Members of the Olympic Delegation of Guinea parade into the National Stadium, at the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, in Beijing, China, Aug. 8, 2008. (Xinhua/Liu Dawei)


    Members of the Olympic Delegation of Chinese Hong Kong parade into the National Stadium, at the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, in Beijing, China, Aug. 8, 2008. (Xinhua/Liu Dawei)


    Members of the Olympic Delegation of Barbados parade into the National Stadium, at the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, in Beijing, China, Aug. 8, 2008. (Xinhua/Guo Dayue)


    Members of the Olympic Delegation of Papua New Guinea parade into the National Stadium, at the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, in Beijing, China, Aug. 8, 2008.(Xinhua/Guo Dayue)


    Members of the Olympic Delegation of Bahrain parade into the National Stadium, at the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, in Beijing, China, Aug. 8, 2008. (Xinhua/Guo Dayue)


    Members of the Olympic Delegation of Luxembourg parade into the National Stadium, at the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, in Beijing, China, Aug. 8, 2008. (Xinhua/Guo Dayue)


    Members of the Olympic Delegation of India parade into the National Stadium, at the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, in Beijing, China, Aug. 8, 2008.(Xinhua/Guo Dayue)


    Members of the Olympic Delegation of Canada parade into the National Stadium, at the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, in Beijing, China, Aug. 8, 2008. (Xinhua/Liu Dawei)


    Members of the Olympic Delegation of Brazil parade into the National Stadium, at the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, in Beijing, China, Aug. 8, 2008. (Xinhua/Liu Dawei)


    Members of the Olympic Delegation of Chinese Taipei parade into the National Stadium, at the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, in Beijing, China, Aug. 8, 2008. (Xinhua/Guo Dayue)


    Members of the Olympic Delegation of Sao Tomé and Principe parade into the National Stadium, at the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, in Beijing, China, Aug. 8, 2008.(Xinhua/Guo Dayue)


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  • Photo taken on Aug. 8, 2008 shows the art performance of the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games, titled "Beautiful Olympics", in the National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, in north Beijing, China.(Xinhua Photo)


    Photo taken on Aug. 8, 2008 shows the art performance of the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games, titled "Beautiful Olympics", in the National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, in north Beijing, China.(Xinhua Photo)

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  • International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge (R) answers question during a press conference at the Main Press Center in Beijing, China, August 7, 2008. Jacques Rogge felt regret that Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and South Korea failed to reach an agreement on a joint march at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games opening ceremony. (Xinhua/Li Ziheng)


    International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge (R) answers question during a press conference at the Main Press Center in Beijing, China, August 7, 2008. Jacques Rogge felt regret that Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and South Korea failed to reach an agreement on a joint march at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games opening ceremony. (Xinhua/Li Ziheng)


    International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge answers question during a press conference at the Main Press Center in Beijing, China, August 7, 2008. Jacques Rogge felt regret that Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and South Korea failed to reach an agreement on a joint march at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games opening ceremony. (Xinhua/Li Ziheng)

  • A combo photo taken in Beijing, capital of China, on Aug. 8, 2008 shows the countdown board reading 11 hours countdown to the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in front of the National Museum near the Tian'anmen Square (L) and reporters entering Beijing Olympics Main Press Center (MPC) at 9 a.m. (R). The Beijing Olympic Games will open in Beijing at 8:08 p.m. on Friday. (Xinhua Photo)


    A combo photo taken in Beijing, capital of China, on Aug. 8, 2008 shows the countdown board reading 12 hours countdown to the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in front of the National Museum near the Tian'anmen Square (L) and the torchbearer Feng Gong, a star of comic dialogue, holding up the torch at the start of the last day of Beijing Olympic Games torch relay in Zhoukoudian of Beijing on Friday morning (R). The Beijing Olympic Games will open in Beijing at 8:08 p.m. on Friday. (Xinhua Photo)

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  • The photo taken on Aug. 5, 2008 shows the white cloud floating above the National Stadium, namely the Bird's Nest, in Beijing, capital of China. (Xinhua Photo/Li Ziheng)


    The photo taken on Aug. 1, 2008 shows the National Stadium, namely the Bird's Nest, standing with its reflection image under the blue sky in Beijing, capital of China. (Xinhua Photo)

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  • The combo picture shows Chinese singer Liu Huan (L) performing on Jan. 9, 2005 and British singer Sarah Brightman performing in Beijing, China, Dec. 31, 2005. Chinese singer Liu Huan and British singer Sarah Brightman will jointly present the theme song of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at the opening ceremony, the Games organizers revealed here on Wednesday. The title and content of the theme song remained a mystery for now.(Xinhua Photo)

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