Seven-times F1 world champion Michael Schumacher signs a replica of the 2008 Olympic Torch in Beijing on November 3, 2009. Beijing's iconic Bird's Nest Stadium has been turned into a motor racing track with the world's top drivers gearing up to compete 2009 Race of Champions. AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN

Seven-times F1 world champion Michael Schumacher signs a replica of the 2008 Olympic Torch in Beijing on November 3, 2009. Beijing's iconic Bird's Nest Stadium has been turned into a motor racing track with the world's top drivers gearing up to compete 2009 Race of Champions. AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN

In 2008, two professional athletes carried the Olympic torch through Hainan as it made its way to Beijing. These two young men, known to their fans as Sky and Moon, did not look particularly athletic. They were not muscular, and their pale complexions suggested that they spent little time outdoors. For online game aficionados, however, this moment represented a victory on the path to official recognition and respect for the sport they hold most dear.

China Embraces E-Sports Even as It Worries That Video Games Are Dangerous

In 2008, two professional athletes carried the Olympic torch through Hainan as it made its way to Beijing. These two young men, known to their fans as Sky and Moon, did not look particularly athletic. They were not muscular, and their pale complexions suggested that they spent little time outdoors. For online game aficionados, however, this moment represented a victory on the path to official recognition and respect for the sport they hold most dear.

Headlines - Hot Stuff | The Dalai Lama and his followers are determined to rain on Beijing's Olympic torch parade.

Headlines - Hot Stuff | The Dalai Lama and his followers are determined to rain on Beijing's Olympic torch parade.

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2008 China coca cola Beijing Olympic Torch Relay 3 cans set 355ml empty #cocacola #can

Brunel PhD student Nick Tiller (left) and graduate Ainsley Bell (right) holding the Beijing Olympic Torch at Brunel University Court in May 2012.  Nick and Ainsley were chosen as Olympic Torchbearers because of their achievements and charity work.  Brunel University Court 2012 by Brunel University, via Flickr

Brunel PhD student Nick Tiller (left) and graduate Ainsley Bell (right) holding the Beijing Olympic Torch at Brunel University Court in May 2012. Nick and Ainsley were chosen as Olympic Torchbearers because of their achievements and charity work. Brunel University Court 2012 by Brunel University, via Flickr

https://flic.kr/p/e1nTSz | 080425_JTSe_5581.jpg | We were there prior to the 2008 Beijing Olympics at the same time the Olympic Torch was being carried up Everest.  The Chinese government "requested" that Nepal close Everest to climbers. Our day packs were searched a second time looking for any "Free Tibet" paraphernalia.   Seen while on the trek up the Khumbu Valley to Everest Base Camp in Nepal that we did with REI Adventures  in April and May of 2008   To read about th...

https://flic.kr/p/e1nTSz | 080425_JTSe_5581.jpg | We were there prior to the 2008 Beijing Olympics at the same time the Olympic Torch was being carried up Everest. The Chinese government "requested" that Nepal close Everest to climbers. Our day packs were searched a second time looking for any "Free Tibet" paraphernalia. Seen while on the trek up the Khumbu Valley to Everest Base Camp in Nepal that we did with REI Adventures in April and May of 2008 To read about th...

Thousands of volunteers take part in the Olympic torch ceremony, as a section of the Great Wall in Badaling, outside Beijing is shrouded in a haze on August 07, 2008, a day before the Games began

In pictures: The Olympic torch

Thousands of volunteers take part in the Olympic torch ceremony, as a section of the Great Wall in Badaling, outside Beijing is shrouded in a haze on August 07, 2008, a day before the Games began

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