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Beijing Olympics by Ellerd on 9 August 2008 2:19am
Did anyone catch the Opening Ceremony last night? Verdicts?
Re: Beijing Olympics by tucsonmike on 9 August 2008 2:51am
Will be seeing it in forty minutes.
Re: Beijing Olympics by Ellerd on 9 August 2008 3:33am
It's good... :-)
Re: Beijing Olympics by MMMmmm... on 9 August 2008 4:17am
I am watching it now...

Happy Olympics!
Re: Beijing Olympics by tucsonmike on 9 August 2008 7:03am
Didn't like the USA team uniforms. Could have worn track suits and brought more deserving kids as athletes to Beijing.
Have to admit, the Chinese put on a heck of a show.
Having said that, with all the political bickering in the world the better part was watching the athletes mingling on the field. Then when China came in , Yao Ming with the little boy who survived the Sichuan Earthquake.
The torch being lit by carrying the man around the top of the stadium.
One great show, let the games begin.
Re: Beijing Olympics by kazzzz on 9 August 2008 9:12am
Didn't watch one second of it :)
Re: Beijing Olympics by Spursfan on 9 August 2008 11:24am
Nor me.
Re: Beijing Olympics by peripatetically on 9 August 2008 1:49pm
It was truly impressive, and not much really impresses me these days. I was determined not to think this was going to be so great. But, in my opinion, it was probably the most creative ceremony ever accomplished. The visual efforts were unbelievable. The ideas and execution of them, innovated. Where those ideas came from is beyond me. I have to admit, they know how to wow an audience. Thinking back on it, I liked how they carried your through the 3 main Chinese philosophies beginning with Confusious to modern times. And it was good that the commentators continued to mention that the Chinese are a culture of opposites, pointing it out at every opportunity. Also that the irony of their political ways vs. their thoughts, joined by holding the Olympics. The two latter are the "ideal" which they strive for. Yet, we know, it's not happening yet. All very thought provoking.

Was there any particular part that impressed anyone more than the other? The moving dove, the drums , the membrane above the perimeter of the Bird's Nest, the scroll and dancers painting the picture, the final fireworks all over the city? It was really a visual show, one of perfect precision. Such innovation! Glad I watched because it can't really be described to anyone. You had to actually see it to believe it. Cities henceforth have a lot to do to top this one!!!!!!!! Jeepers!

MIke is correct, though, the floor filled with international athletes coming together. That's what it's really about. You have to be thrilled for the athletes and their countries. And like so many of them said, it's not about winning, it's the effort it takes getting there. Most of the athletes don't have a speck of a chance to win anything, yet this is their moment in the sun. The culmination of all they've strived to do. The games, regardless of where they are held, are very special to so many. Now let's hope the next two weeks go off without incident. Not the fault of the athletes, so why ruin things for them?
Re: Beijing Olympics by kazzzz on 9 August 2008 2:03pm
Yeah, that's fair enough Pats I'm sure it was a spectacular show and I have nothing against the athletes. I just cna't bring myself to watch. I know we are all guilty of atrocities in the past. Many many countries are, but this is all so current. But I'm glad that you enjoyed it :) It's had a lot of positive feedback.
Re: Beijing Olympics by Ken Dunn on 9 August 2008 2:44pm
I missed it but it seems from the descriptions above to have been excellent. I'll try to see some of the events when they start, especially the athletics.
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