I choose this one from my collection for the new post (SOLD). Yup, it's because the 2008 Beijing Olympic's atmosphere. Yao Ming already an icon for China especially in Sports. "After serious consideration, we have decided that Yao Ming will be the flag bearer," announced Cui Dalin, the deputy chief of China's Olympic team.
Yao, a centre for the Houston Rockets, is the NBA's tallest player. He carried the Olympic torch through Tiananmen Square on Wednesday. He the one who carried the China Flag in 2004 Olympic in Athens and 2008 Olympic in Beijing.
The first basketball game in 2008 Olympic will be China vs USA. Wow!!!
“I will have to take a breath at the beginning of this game,” said Yao. “It is the start of the first Olympic Games to be played in China. It is the event that my country and I have been looking to for seven years, since Beijing was awarded the Games. “I am so happy that I have been able to recover from my (foot) injury to be ready. To play against the USA team will be a great challenge and a great honor.”
The game will be start at 10:15 p.m Sunday, 10Th August 2008. “The atmosphere is going to be crazy. We’re playing against the home team to open up the Olympics, and I’m pretty sure it’s going to be crazy and energetic in there. Everybody in that building is going to be jumping. It’s the biggest game on the biggest stage in the world.”
The United States enters the Olympic tournament once more as the heavy favorite to win the gold medal, while China will be challenged to advance out of the preliminary round. So, the game is expected to be a rout. But with the basketball-mad host country playing its first game against the global superstars of the NBA, there is speculation the worldwide television audience for the game (9:15 a.m. Houston time, Ch. 2) could be the largest in Olympic history.
President Bush – the first sitting U.S. president to attend an Olympics in a foreign country – will attend the game along with China’s president Hu Jintao and premier Wen Jiabao.