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The 2008 Olympic Seal
The 2008 Summer Olympics begin one year from Wednesday. What should you expect when the world turns its attention to Beijing?
First, some basics. The slogan for the Beijing Games is "One World One Dream." The mascots are the Five Friendlies: Beibei the Fish, Jingjing the Panda, Huanhuan the Olympic Flame, Yingying the Tibetan Antelope and Nini the Swallow.
The Opening Ceremonies are set for Aug. 8, 2008, at 8:08 p.m. and 8 seconds because, in Chinese culture, the number 8 is connected with prosperity and good fortune. The Games are scheduled to end Aug. 24.