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Highlight of NBC's Olympia coverage

25.08.2008 | Tennis

NBC's coverage of the 2008 Beijing Games concluded Sunday with the Beijing Olympic Closing Ceremony. NBC Olympic primetime host Bob Costas hosted the Closing Ceremony. In this extract, Bob Costas interviewed Jacques Rogge, president of the IOC.

 

Costas: Last thing, what was your favorite moment of these games?  

 

Rogge: I have many, but there is one moment that I will never forget and that is the tears of joy of Roger Federer winning the gold medal for the doubles. Here you have the man who is arguably together with Sampras, the best ever tennis player in the world.  He has won everything but the elusive gold medal he did not have. He wanted to go to the Olympic Games at the end of the season, and he won the medal and he was crying. I mean for me, this is the same thing. The spark in the eyes of a Michael Jordan. These are millionaires, these are mega-stars. They win an Olympic medal and there is no money to win in the Olympic games, and you see the sparkle in the eyes, the tears in the eyes, that is the dramatic moments of the games.

 

 

 
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08/26/2008 | 04:29 AM
EVERTHING HE (ROGER) DOES IS MAGIC.
NOW GO TO GET THE 13.
AND DON'T FORGET TO PLAY IT WITH JOY AND PLAY IT FROM YOUR HEART.

LOTS OF LOVE & SUPPORT.
08/26/2008 | 04:26 AM
It's a amazing remark!!!

I get very excited!!! You makes me VERY HAPPY!!!

I love honey Rogi!!!

Congratulations for you GOLD MEDAL!!!

YOu deserve it!!!

God bless you in US Open!!!

Let's go ROGER!!!

with love :)
08/26/2008 | 03:56 AM
Roger, you are adorable!
best of luck tomorrow!!
Juliana
08/26/2008 | 03:54 AM
***Sheleo*** I believe that the ritual between Roger and Stan comes from when they played cards and Stan was "hot" (won a lot). When Stan falls down on the court, Roger warms his hands on Stan. Then the Swiss supporters flick their hands which means th
08/26/2008 | 03:52 AM
aww.. that's just so sweet and nice of him!
i can really feel how thankful and happy he is..
08/26/2008 | 03:47 AM
All of your fans will agree with Rogge's comment. The joy was there for all to see - it was obvious how much it meant to both you and Stan. It made my Olympics also! My hope for you is that for the rest of the year you can play your game freely without
08/26/2008 | 03:34 AM
This is fantastic.
Oh, Roger. The love you have for sport and tennis and the Olympic dream is written all over your face and in all your words. You are a great ambassador for all that is great in sport. We all had tears of joy in our eyes along with you.
08/26/2008 | 03:22 AM
You are the pride of your country.It is really an unforgettable moment to see your tears when you win the gold medal for the doubles.I am moved by your spirits.Congratulates to you and Stan,and you deserve to have this.You are the best!
Dear Roger,you ar
08/26/2008 | 03:21 AM
Jacques Rogge, President of the IOC, but just another fan of Roger, along the way, showing the character and class of the man, by those drawn to him for whatever reason.

We come from the world over, drawn together by our admiration of Roger - the man,
08/26/2008 | 03:18 AM
Hi Roger,

That comment is very true and you are a true champion. Hope you will win in the next Olympic doubles and singles as well. Keep it up Roger!