Advances in sports equipment in the Beijing Olympics

I’ve noticed that Nike has once again dropped the ball with the debut of their flywire and lunarfoam technologies. I was wondering if there were any other materials that have led to the advances in sports equipment in this year’s olympics? Specifically I wondering about metals, ceramics, and polymers? If someone could shed some light and maybe point me somewhere where I can learn more about how these materials were used in the olympics that would be great. All info is greatly appreciated!