Some of the athletes competing for Great Britain in the 2008 Olympics will be Penny Clark in Sailing, Julia Beckett in Swimming, and Peter Cousins in Judo. Click on the '2008 British Olympic Team' link below to visit the official British Olympic website and learn more about these and other athletes competing in the 2008 Olympics.
In 1986 the International Olympic Committee (IOC) changed its charter to allow "all the world's great male and female athletes to participate." * Therefore, it was after this date that professional athletes began to compete in the olympics.* http://www.pbs.org/newshour/forum/july96/olympics_7-23.html
The 12 largest countries at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games: # China - 639 athletes # The United States - 596 athletes # Russia - 467 athletes # Germany - 463 athletes # Australia - 433 athletes # Japan - 351 athletes # Italy - 344 athletes # Canada - 332 athletes # France - 323 athletes # Great Britain - 312 athletes # Spain - 286 athletes # Brazil - 277 athletes
Most Olympic athletes do not get paid for winning at the Olympics. Many of the countries will pay the travel expenses of the athletes. Most athletes are sponsored and will receive bonus money from the sponsors for doing well or medaling at the Olympics. For more information, please refer to the related link.