At this Athens Olympics, China surprised many by coming in a close second to ever-dominant USA. Will China overtake the USA at the next Olympics to be held in its own country? Many said yes, China will be No. 1! Why? Some reasons given were: 1. Home-country advantage. The fervour to do one's best in front of own countrymen. A National prestige to be Olympic Champion! 2. Much younger athletes than the US and 500 of them were in Athens to prepare themselves for 2008. These athletes should be at their peak in Beijing. On the other hand, many of the US athletes may have been retired by then. 3. In Athens, the Chinese even shone in sports which they were never good at previously, like athletics. 4. They were already No. 2 in Athens and it is only a matter of a few more gold medals to upstage perennial leader, USA. Interesting observation. But I don't think the US will just hand over the gold without a good fight. Their track athletes have failed in Athens but I'm sure the US will bounce back to maintain pole position. Badminton, probably a BIG yes, but overall, BIG question mark! What do you think?