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Beijing 2008 Olympic Games

I was invited to speak at a sports biomechanics conference in Guangzhou before the Olympic Games. I flew from London to Hong Kong, then spent a few days walking around; visiting Victoria Peak, Aberdeen (took a tour of the harbour on a junk), and the beaches on the south of Hong Kong Island. I stayed in a backpackers up near the Peak. It had fantastic views over the city. While in Guangzhou I borrowed a bike and rode along the Pearl River and around the city.

In Beijing a stayed in a backpackers next to Xihai Lake and took the metro from Jishuitan to the 'bird's nest' stadium. I hade a ticket for every session of the athletics.

Watching the Women's Pole Vault Final: Kate Dennison (GBR), Steve Rippon, and Nick. You can briefly see me and Kate in the video here (in the front row at time 0.13). In the Qualification, Kate cleared 4.40 m but did not advance.

Men's Pole Vault Final: Here's Steve Hooker (AUS) talking with his coach (Alex Parnov). Steve won with 5.96 m, Evgeny Lukyanenko (RUS) was second with 5.85 m, and Denys Yurchenko (UKR) was third with 5.70 m. You can see the jumps in the video here.

Watching the Men's Pole Vault Final: Steve Lewis (GBR), Steve Rippon, and Nick. In the Qualification, Lewis came in at 5.45 m and 'no-heighted'.

Result card for the Men's Pole Vault Final, signed by the Olympic champion Steve Hoooker (AUS). Steve had third-attempt clearances at 5.80, 5.85, 5.90, and 5.96 m.

Nick at the warm-up track on the evening of the last day of competition.

The Great Britain Women's 4 x 400 m Relay squad at the warm-up track on the final evening of competition. Kelly Sotherton, Jenny Meadows, Nicola Saunders, Marilyn Okoro, Donna Fraser, Lee McConnell

I had walk around the Forbidden City. I am wearing an audio tape guide.

I borrowed a bike while I was in Beijing. It was a basic model: 24 inch wheels and a single gear. I went for a day trip up the mountains to the west of Beijing. Here I am at a temple in the mountains.

I took a tour bus to Luanping 125 km north-east of Beijing and walked along the Jinshanling and Simatai sections of the Great Wall. The walk was 13 km with 90 towers (at intervals of about 150 m) along the way. There is a suspension bridge across a hot spring lake, and a very steep climb on the other side. I rode the flying fox (zip-line) down the gorge to the lake.

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