The Olympics are the premiere event for many sports bar none. For cyclists, rowers, swimmers, athletes and many more there is no greater privilege or event in the world than the Olympics.
And because they only come around once a year there is even more pressure on these people to perform. For those who are injured or disappoint or get nervous, the downs are massive and the tears real. For those who excel, live up to their best or raise their performance, then the happiness is almost unparalled.
Here is a selection of quotes from memorable performances and athletes at the 2008 Beijing Olympics:
"It's just like a dream come true, and I hope everyone one can share in this dream/ There have been so many people helped me to get here since I started cycling, everyone should share in it hope they have the same feelings I do. I still don't think its sunk in yet, I feel like the normal Nicole from before the race. It's just so exciting"
Nicole Cooke, Welsh Olympic gold medallist in cycling
"I wasn't looking for a world record but it was there for the taking so I just went out there and ran my best race"
Usain Bolt on getting the world record for the 100m whilst almost jogging for the last ten metres!
"It's great to win it and to do so with another world record makes it really special."
Yelena Isinbayeva on winning Olympic gold in the pole vault with another world record
"Don't ever give up. That's what I want the next generation to understand. Everything doesn't come up all roses all the time. That is the nature of this athletics game."
Tasha Danvers on winning an Olmypic bronze medal unexpectedly in the 400m hurdles.