SI photographers and their peers had some unique vantage points at the Olympics. Here's a collection of their overhead shots, beginning with this one of Yue Lin and Liang Huo, gold medalists in synchronized diving.
Pollution didn't hamper running events as much as feared.
Croatia's water polo team in a huddle before it's game against the U.S.
Usain Bolt of Jamaica leading the pack in the 100-meter dash.
Yong Su Im of North Korea during the medal round of weight lifting.
Franca Idoko of Nigeria celebrates with Oludamola Osayomi (2512), Halimat Ismaila (2523) and Gloria Kemasuode (2514) after the 4x100 relay.
Nastia Liukin during the All-Around final.
Shawn Johnson during the team finals.
Diego Confalonieri of Italy vs. Dong Guotao of China during team epee competition.
Racing through the streets of Beijing.
Taking to the pool in the men's 50m freestyle qualifying.
The Olympic flame above the Birds Nest stadium.
Cyclists in Beijing.
Marybeth Dunnichay and Haley Ishimatsu of the U.S.
Zane Jordan of Zambia in 50m freestyle qualifying.
Jiang Yuyuan of China during the women's all-around.
Ayumi Tanimoto of Japan (white) and Lucie Decosse of France in judo.
Michael Phelps en route to helping set a world record in the 4x200 freestyle relay.
Michael Rock of Great Britain in the 100 butterfly.
Michael Phelps in the 400 individual medley.
Ditte Kotzian and Heike Fischer of Germany.
Gold medalist Chen Yanging of China.
Aaron Piersol (top) and Matt Grevers (one lane below) in the 100m backstroke semifinal.
Michael Phelps (center lane) at the start of the 4x100 freestyle relay final.
Table tennis action.
Zou Kai of China in the men's team final.
Xie Xingfang of China in the women's badminton quarterfinals.
Chris Bosh of the U.S. against Marc Gasol of Spain.
A road race through Beijing.