The 2008 Summer Olympic Games (Games of the XXIX Olympiad) were held in
Beijing, China, from August the 8th to the 24th. The 2008 Beijing Olympics
marked the first occasion that either the Summer or Winter Games were
hosted by China, making it the 22nd nation to do so.
sent 182 competitors, making this our largest ever delegation to the
Olympic Games to date. It was also one of the most successful, equalling
New Zealand's combined medal tally from the previous two games. On the
16th of August New Zealand had its greatest single day at any Olympics -
winning two gold, one silver and two bronze medals. New Zealand also
gained its first Olympic track medal since 1976 when Nick Willis won the
bronze medal in the Men's 1500 metres, becoming the sixth New
Zealander to win an Olympic medal in that event. The success at the
Olympics has boosted Athletics participation since then.
Beijing Olympic Games stamps were designed in the same style as the 2008 Health