So I was lucky enough to find good friends in Beijing who gave me free tickets (some British dudes at the hotel were selling theirs for 500 dollars!) to the Athletics Finals on the 21st. This was supposed to be a big game for China because their national sports hero Liu Xiang, was suppose to compete for this event, but since he was injured, this was totally unpredictable.
My Beijing friends Jessie (from Adidas- Beijing, who gave us the tickets!) and Lan (Coordinator for International Students at the Peking University)
The stadium was packed to the brim but we got good seats on the 1st tier.
The only problem was, I only had a 70-210 mm Nikkor lens which was pretty useless even with its range considering how massive the stadium was
The finals of the women’s 400 m relay
Finals of the men’s triple jump
The men’s 400 meter run where USA swept all three medals
And the much anticipated event of the entire games – Liu Xiang’s 110 meter steeplechase (sorry but the event was on the other side of the oval! Grrrr!)
Dayton Robles of Cuba was eventually crowned winner but didn’t break the world record.
The Bird’s Nest on spotlight
Spectators going out after the event
Even the lights around were inspired by the stadium!
And from afar (this was shot almost at midnight already, but the crowds just refused to go
And of course, the Water Cube
Michael Phelps and the water cube were like coffee and cream
The lit Teflon surfaces up close
The spectacular media center which was also an astonishing structure unto itelf.
The Olympic line subway station. You can only ride this subway if you’re a ticket holder!
Now if only we can get tickets too for the Closing Ceremonies! Last time I checked, the cheapest one was resold at $1,500!!!