With the 2008 season coming to a close, here is a look back at how the cumulative effort of individuals, professional clubs, and national teams has lead to the recognition of the country they represent.
With there being the most viewed and the third most viewed sporting event of the year staged in 2008, countries around the world, more so in Europe though, had a chance to prosper and bring glory and fame, alongside the bragging rights to their people and supporters.
This slide show looks back at the efforts of different athletes combined together, focusing more on some of the bigger events, and events with greater international participation.
So sit back, relax, and if your country is not mentioned, or mentioned too low...then take it easy. It's impossible anytime to judge every sport and every team.