“Let the Games Begin!”
With the opening ceremony for the 29th Olympiad of the Modern Era set to commence in Beijing just hours from now*, here are a few opening ceremonies/cauldron lighting moments from the last ten Olympiads (plus, London 1948 and a little bit 'o somethin' special).
7 Years in the making, 31 New Venues, 205 Countries, 10,000 Athletes; all intersecting at one amazing moment:
Athens – 2004
(The Giant Doobie)
Sydney – 2000
(Note: when the cauldron is shaking that’s the guys inside kicking the crap out of the thing to get it to move)
Atlanta – 1996
Barcelona – 1992
(Best. Lighting. Ever.)
Seoul – 1988
Los Angeles – 1984
Moscow – 1980
(Never saw this before… kinda glad I missed it.)
Montreal – 1976
Munich – 1972
(No actual video… just stills.)
Mexico City – 1968
London – 1948
BBC Grandstand for Atlanta
(Gone with the Wind, surprisingly “American”)
And a little Olympic eye-candy!
*by now the cauldron is lit and everyone in China has gone to bed.
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