And so starts the 30th Olympic Games of the modern era! I love watching the olympics and cheering for Finland. I really wish I could attend these Olympics but I will just have to wait for Brazil to host the games. So as the games have started China and USA are both taking plenty of metals but we are just getting started.
I do want to take a moment and look back at the opening ceremonies. I could not watch them as the broadcast from NBC but thanks to DvR I was able to view it on Saturday. I have a few things to say of course…. First NBC should be allowed to have the broadcasting rights and everything but preventing anyone to view it online with out a cable contract is absurd! Seriously most people will watch via tv but some only have Internet and you are going to screw it up! Geeze so much for being free in America!
The ceremonies themselves were great and many people were saying Beijing ceremonies were better I’ll say with the different in culture and history I’ll say they were the same. I was waiting for Sean Connery and John Cleese to come out and do something but I didnt see them anywhere… Still the Queens spoof of her jumping out with James Bond was really funny and awesome (although I don’t like this bond at all!) The opening otherwise was great and loved the music tribute and the industrial revolution portions. Part of it really reminded me of the lord of the rings style which was pretty cool to that national epic.
Ok but seriously the only interesting fact about Finland you could find is on the parking an speeding tickets? How about how Norway, Sweden and Finland all have the most freedoms of speech and press and how Finland was named by Newsweek as the #1 country??? Yep good job NBC!
The stage was then set by the doves on bikes. This was pretty ingenius and really creative. It was men and women on bikes wearing dove wings that flapped while riding. Then came the lighting of the cauldron and I must say I was impressed. Each part of the cauldron is made up of 204 polished copper bowls that look like petals. The fact that in combination with each other they create one cauldron. Each petal is individually made and each had to be clicked into place into a specific rod. At the end of the games, the cauldron will be dismantled and the petals scattered to the 204 nations that took part in the opening ceremony. Its a great idea that each nation gets to take home a peice and is part of the one flame that is set to unite us.
Well I enjoined the opening and glad everything went safely and with out any real big problems. Good job Great Britain! More to come down the road.