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Shawn Johnson captured America’s heart at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, when the 16-year old gymnast took home gold in the balance beam…

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July 29, 1978 Keeth Thomas Smart, the first American to be named the top-ranked fencer internationally, was born in Brooklyn, New York. In 2003, he became the first American to gain the sport’s number one international ranking. Smart competed at three Olympic Games, including the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games where he won a Silver medal as a member of the U. S. Sabre team, the first Olympic medal for a U. S. men’s team since 1948.

Abhinav Bindra is the current World and Olympic champion in the 10 m Air Rifle event. He is the first Indian to win an individual gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. It was India's first gold medal since 1980, when the Men's Field Hockey Team won the gold.

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Incredible Facts About Cycling

7. Bicycle Moto Cross (BMX), an extreme style of bicycle track racing, became a sport in the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China. Maris Strombergs, of Latvia, received the gold medal for Men’s BMX, and Anne-Caroline Chausson, from France, took home the gold in the first Women’s BMX Olympic event.