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  1. They rather shouldn't do this in 2020, because the pictogram segment in their handover already was pretty much a copy of Sochi's pictogram segment shortly before the cauldron lighting at the Olympic opening ceremony. That's why Tokyo shouldn't do such a segment in 2020, for the third time within six years in Olympic ceremonial history.
  2. Could you enlighten us when those pics of Maracana were taken, neneu? Do they show the preparations for the Paralympic opening or were they taken before the Olympic closing ceremony?
  3. And now to you, Rominger: I think you deserve not only one, but two gold medals - one for your excellent and very touching article, and one for the passion you showed for the Olympic idea and the Games in your home city, despite your difficult personal circumstances. That said, I and probably many other people here hope that you find time to come back here once in a while. Maybe it can sometimes take your mind off the problems in your personal life and in the Brazil of the year 2016 (and following). Best of luck!
  4. I hear you, Roland, I hear you... while waiting for at least only one edition of the Olympic Games to take place in my country during my lifetime. With the ever growing scandals in and around the Olympic Movement, I feel increasingly pessimistic that I will ever experience Olympic Games staged in Germany.
  5. I think that reindeer and Durban Sandshark said particularly interesting things: While reindeer was too busy with a major change in his life, things are actually pretty relaxed for me now and if there was any change in my life, it was a positive one: I'm quite newly in love, so that kept me a bit busy during the Olympic Games, too. But even that hardly explains why I still feel no real sense of withdrawal after the end of these Games. Maybe it's simply age and I don't get as enthused as easily about the Olympic Games. Or, something that would be more regrettable: Maybe it's due to all the Olympic controversies during the past few years, including the doping scandals but also the "NOlympia" victories in the Olympic referendums of Munich and Hamburg. Maybe I can't idolise the Olympic Games that much anymore, after having had to realise that the IOC is run by a bunch of corrupt people and/or cowards, just like FIFA. And Durban, another reason might have been that I had to work during the Games and due to the time shift between Brazil and Central Europe, missed out on quite a lot of events. But who knows... In any case, I second Wallenchinsky's move for prolonged Olympic Games. But on the other hand, I guess that it would be logistically difficult to stretch them out across three or even four weeks, especially when the Paralympics still have to be staged after them, too.
  6. If you use a VPN tunnel pretending you're in Germany and don't mind the commentators speaking German, you could try the recording of the ZDF broadcast: http://www.zdf.de/ZDFmediathek#/beitrag/video/2818752/Olympische-Schlussfeier-in-voller-Länge
  7. After having rewatched the entire ceremony, I must say it was really good. Many of the segments would have found a decent place at the opening ceremony, too - but I also like the overall idea of not letting a closing ceremony appear like the stale afterthought of the opening. While one could recognise that this was a low budget ceremony once more, it almost never lost the air of grandeur and importance. The only criticisms I have is that they somewhat overpresented the northeast of Brazil (were these the Rio 2016 or the Recife/Salvador 2016 Games?) while leaving out the south and the Amazonas entirely. And sometimes the ceremony felt a bit jagged, sometimes there were no good transitions (or even none at all) from one segment to the next. In any case, I would judge the closing ceremony with a 8/10. It was different than London's, but this also means that it was truly Brazilian and gave a good impression of the host country in all its varieties. Well done, Rio!
  8. Also after having rewatched the closing ceremony I still have to say: Tokyo's handover was fu**ing awesome. I bet the tourism office of Tokyo sent a note of thanks to those who choreographed and participated in that segment - it sure presented the city in a very interesting, positive and vibrant light. It was very original and innovative, it conveyed a very cool (in the most positive sense) and hip image and they even poked fun at themselves, with Abe acting as Super Mario. Japanese are not exactly famous for being self-deprecating, emotional and outgoing - but this was actually what the handover showed: a new, more enthusiastic and stirring side of Japan. And it says a lot when someone like me who was never really interested in travelling to Asia has become really curious about visiting Tokyo and Japan in 2020.
  9. Who knows, Stefan, who knows... I underestimated it at the time of the Munich referendum, but I think the general mood in the electorate was pretty much against hosting Olympic Games anyway. And even more so that was the case in Hamburg's referendum last year. Sadly, current events in world sports and within the IOC (talking of Pat Hickey and of course, the coward leading the IOC) are not helpful at all in bringing a pro-Olympic mood back to Germany again. I think that the last time Olympic Games got considerable support in Germany was in 2003, when Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Leipzig bid for the Games in the national pre-selection. The brilliant or at least very good Games of Sydney and Salt Lake had just happened, and for many people, the Olympic Games still were a very inspiring and prestigious event. That's why I'm crossing my fingers that at least Rio will have a rather positive legacy of these Games. Because if its venues end up as white elephants and all the infrastructural investments done outside the venues should turn out to be futile, this might put an end to any Olympic ambitions by Germany and also many other nations for many, many years. Or maybe even forever. Even in 1976, after the Montreal debt disaster, the Olympic future didn't look as grim as it does today.
  10. (Please bear with me that I answer in English, so that our friends here understand what we're writing about.) I sadly don't know whether there was any longer summary video of the Rio Games. I wasn't at home for large parts of yesterday, so I could watch only parts of the final Olympic broadcass. But I would be surprised if there wasn't a summary, it's a standard on ARD and ZDF at the end of each Olympic Games, World Cup and EURO. Or maybe it will come later (but that would be odd, too)? But I am still doing surprisingly well, no real post-Olympic blues so far. Yes, it was a bit strange to switch the TV on after work and watching no Olympic events but my usual TV staples like the Simpsons again. But I just rewatched the closing ceremony, too and reminded myself of the fast-approaching Paralympics, so there was hardly any chance for the blues to beset me.
  11. I just awoke after having watched the closing ceremony - so I hadn't time yet for a post-Olympic blues. But if it kicks in, I will first have to rewatch the first part of the closing ceremony which I missed because I overslept. This could help. And apart from that, I'm looking forward to the Paralympics and the US presidential election, even if those two will probably turn nasty. But the US elections have always been "oh good, there's another highlight this year" thing for me after the end of the Summer Olympics. And after the Winter Olympics, I have the FIFA World Cup to look forward to. So you always have to look for other events you are interested in and try to squeeze them in the huge gap the Olympics have left in your daily routine.
  12. I believe that for the Paralympics, you always have an official live stream that should be accessible from all countries. At least it was that way in the past. The IPC luckily isn't as restrictive about TV rights and livestreaming as the IOC...
  13. Oh, and one more thing: I hope that I'll see many of you guys again for the Para ceremonies live chats! It sure was great fun!
  14. Before I go to sleep, I would love to judge this closing ceremony - but I can't, since I slept during the first one-and-a-half hours I can say, however, that Tokyo really blew this thing out of the water - a truly amazing handover! And more on the closing ceremony tomorrow respectively later today after I have rewatched the first part Good night, good morning and good day to everyone of you, wherever you are!
  15. ZDF has cut to the studio as well and is now already running its "Games highlights" compilation video. That's it! And I guess it's time for me to go to bed, it's 3:46 am here and I have to work today