The Official Website of the Beijing 2008 Olympic GamesAugust 8-24 2008


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For 36 years after basketball entered the Olympic Games as a full medal sport for men, the question was not who would win, but who would finish second. The United States owned the game, and not just because it was invented there. [Full story]

List of Events

On the program of the Games of the XXIX Olympiad, Beijing 2008
  • • basketball Men
  • • basketball Women

Athlete Quota:

144 men (12 teams of 12 players each)
144 women (12 teams of 12 players each)
Total of 288 athletes

  • MEN
  • ENTRY(M)
  • ENTRY(W)


Group A
Croatia Iran Lithuania
Argentina Russia Australia
Group B
China Germany Greece
Angola Spain the United States



Group A
The Republic of Korea Australia Russia
Brazil Belarus Latvia
Group B
China Spain Mali
New Zealand the United States the Czech Republic

Hall of Fame

Michael Jordan Michael JordanBack in the days before professional basketball players were allowed to compete in the Olympics, Michael Jordan represented the United States at the 1984 Los Angeles Games. Jordan led the U.S. team in scoring, averaging 17.1 points per game. [Full story]

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