Air-borne Li Ning lights Olympic cauldronAugust 8th, 2008 - 11:51 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, Aug 8 (IANS) Olympian gymnast Li Ning lit the Olympic cauldron after being spectacularly lifted 75 feet above the ground in a final act of the opening ceremony at the Olympic Games here Friday. The 91,000 capacity National Stadium and billions of television viewers watched in awe as an airborne Ning - winner of six gold medals in the 1982 Gymnastics World Cup - took a bird’s eye view of the stadium holding the torch in both hands, as video footage of the worldwide torch relay formed the background.
Ning is a legend in China, having claimed three gold, two silver and two bronze medals in the 1984 Los Angeles Games.
Earlier, eight torchbearers - including Ning - carried the torch in the last stage of the relay into the National Stadium –Bird’s Nest.
The seven others are shooter Xu Haifeng, diver Gao Min, gymnast Li Xiaoshuang, weightlifter Zhan Xugang, badminton player Zhang Jun, taekwondo athlete Chen Zhong, and volleyball player Sun Jinfang, all Olympic champions of the host nation.
- Olympic flame lit in Greece (Lead) - May 10, 2012
- China's artistry of lighting Games torch dazzles - Nov 12, 2010
- London 2012 organizers confirm route for Olympic Flame - Mar 19, 2012
- First torchbearer for Olympic torch relay announced - May 11, 2012
- Seven teenagers light London Olympics cauldron - Jul 28, 2012
- London 2012 organisers to auction Olympic torches - Jun 21, 2012
- Wang Shixian left out Chinese Olympic badminton squad - Jul 11, 2012
- China harvests in 'backyard' sports but challenges loom ahead of Olympics - Dec 27, 2011
- Chinese juggernaut rolls on at Olympics (World Roundup) - Aug 08, 2012
- Olympics: Bolt retains sprint titles, US overtakes China in medal tally (Roundup) - Aug 10, 2012
- Latam nations aim for more medals at London Olympics - Jul 28, 2012
- Olympic Flame reaches Acropolis for handover ceremony - May 17, 2012
- Olympic flame arrives in Britain - May 19, 2012
- Olympic cauldron extinguished for move - Jul 30, 2012
- 2012 Olympic torch lit in Ancient Olympia - May 10, 2012
Tags: badminton player, bronze medals, chen zhong, final act, gold medals, gymnast, host nation, li ning, li xiaoshuang, olympic cauldron, olympic champions, olympic games, opening ceremony, taekwondo athlete, television viewers, torch relay, volleyball player, weightlifter, zhan, zhang jun