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The Olympic Opening Ceremony: Culture, Comedy and Magic

Posted By Chris Neubacher On Jul 28 2012 @ 5:42 am In Olympics | No Comments

Last night the world watched on as London put on a spectacle that will be remembered for decades. They hit all the correct notes that were required to make it a night to remember by incorporating culture, comedy and a bit of magic to create a warm environment that the entire family could enjoy.

I haven’t lived through many Olympic games, however, for those that I can remember I have to truly say that this was hands-down the most amazing. Everything from Sir Paul to James Bond and the Queen to a group of anonymous teenagers that would shock the globe as they lit the Olympic torch, London would bring together not only Great Britain but also the world as they kicked off the 30th Olympic Games.

As soon as I turned on the TV last night I noticed one thing, that this was going to be one hell of an event. It wasn’t going to be like Turin, or Athens or even Vancouver. No, this was going to be a ceremony were London would go beyond traditional boundaries and invoke a feeling inside of us that will remain for another 30 Olympics.

Led by director Danny Boyle, thousands of volunteers and British icons like Rowan Atkinson, Daniel Craig, Sir Paul McCartney and J.K. Rowling would put on a show that would capture the energy, history and creativity of not only London but Great Britain.

To start off the ceremony, Boyle took us on a tour through British history. From the early days of farming to the industrial revolution to even the movement for women’s rights, Boyle managed to show case what Britain was truly about.

The one thing that I will remember from this opening ceremony is the use of comedy and making it a family friendly event. Boyle took us on a journey through British literature where figures like Lord Voldemort and Mary Poppins showed up. He also got Mr. Bean(Rowan Atkinson) to do a brilliant parody about the Chariots of Fire that really was astonishing.

After the first half was over the Olympic teams started to parade out and this year each team had with them a leaf-like vase that during the end would be used to light the Olympic flame. A clever and interesting way to bring together all the countries during the ceremony.

204 countries would pass by before finally the Great Britain team would enter the stadium. Greeted by cheers the Great Britain team looked proud and excited that the Olympic Games were finally back in London.

After a few speeches the million dollar question would finally be answered, who would light the torch? Together with Jade Bailey, David Beckham would bring the torch to the stadium on a motor boat where it would be handed over to Olympic legend Steve Redgrave.  Redgrave would then take it into the actual stadium where it would shockingly be handed over to 7 young aspiring athletes who would go on to light the torch.

In an event that would captivate the world all the vases that were brought in by the 205 countries would light up in the most magnificent and unique Olympic torch ever.

Just as the beginning had left us with a good feeling the end would as well as Sir Paul McCartney brought together the crowd during a great performance of the legendary Beatles song “Hey Jude”.

There is no way I can truly put into words the extraordinary event that just occurred, however, I think Danny Boyle put it best as he tweeted that he was “Proud to be British”.  [1]

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