China has pulled out all of the stops for these Olympic games, spending billions to transform Beijing into a peaceful, clean and friendly metropolis.
China is eager to show the world who they are, or perhaps more precise, how they want to be perceived.
Whatâ€™s at stake for China with these Olympics? Will the transformations in Beijing last after the Olympics? Joining Ray in the studio is Dr. Usha Haley,Â Professor of International Business at the University of New Haven, a research associate with the Economic Policy Institute, and co-author of the book The Chinese Tao of Business.
One of the darlings of the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta was the US Womenâ€™s Soccer team, who defeated China in the final game to take home the gold. Players Kristine Lilly and Mia Hamm becam household names, and inspired young girls to take up soccer. The coach for that team was Wethersfield Connecticutâ€™s own Tony DiCicco. Ray talks with Tony about that team, his recollections of the '96 Olympics, and the lasting legacy of that team, who went on to win the World Cup in 1999.