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Friday, August 08, 2008

2008 Beijing Olympics: Magnificient Opening Ceremony

By Holly Wood

The Chinese showed the rest of the world how to put on an opening ceremony for the Olympics. It had to be the greatest opening ceremony in the history of the Olympic Games. The innovative 91,000-seat Bird Nest stadium was one big artistic expression. It is designed to really show its majesty at night. And it lived up to its billing.

The creativity included lighting the hundreds of people in on-field maneuvers to the marching of each participating country's athletic team. China can be very proud of this grand opening.

The Olympic torch was lit by a guy hoisted on wires to the top of the stadium. Incredible. Then he ran completely around the the top of the stadium. There is a 360 'membrane' around the top of the stadium where the images are shown. The torch lighting was magnificient. Lit at the end of the run. And then huge firworks displays all around the stadium

President Bush was there along with Russian Prime Minister Putin. Celebrity athletes included Kobe Bryant, Roger Federer and Yao Ming, among many others.
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