August 22, 2008 For the first time in 12 years, the United States has won Olympic gold in the decathlon, the 10-event classic of track-and-field athleticism. The U.S. men's beach volleyball team defended the honor of their gender by winning gold to match the American women, but the U.S. baseball team was trounced by Cuba in the semifinal.
August 21, 2008 The U.S. softball team was denied a fourth straight Olympic gold medal, losing 3-1 to Japan. The upset came on the same day that beach volleyball phenoms Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor outspiked a Chinese team for a second consecutive Olympic championship.
August 21, 2008 After the equipment from the opening ceremonies in Beijing was moved out of the Bird's Nest stadium, officials trucked in a portable grass field and put together the 6,000 grass segments for Olympic soccer and track and field competition.
August 20, 2008 Jamaica's Usain Bolt broke the world record by winning the 200 meters in 19.30 seconds. He is the first man since Carl Lewis in 1984 to win both the 100- and 200-meter events at an Olympics. He is also the first man to break the world marks in both events.