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  1. To bad no Russian are here to stand up for Sochi and share more about their pov and amazing country.
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  2. Thanks to NBC's infinite wisdom, they decided U.S. West Coast viewers were not worthy of seeing that portion..so I never saw it.
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  3. Did they present the 2 new athlete-IOC members at Closing? Hmmmmm. ANother glitch or departure from protocol. Hmmmm, these are turning out to be NOT the best Winter Games yet!!
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  4. I guess the expectation was ...we are ready to know more about Sochi since very little is known in how it will become a Winter Sports City. This was the Russian gov't's chance to unveil it to the world and make that fact known. It was a prime window for salesmanship. Instead, the Kremlin seems to have hijacked that opportunity and imparted to the world that it is the central Russian gov't that is in control, and Sochi will just happen to be a sideshow in a bigger scheme that Moscow will run.
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  5. /\ Good critique, F. Very well thought-out. Plus, they also used the flags' stunt-card trick used in LA...altho this time, they only had to do 82 nations. About the mixing of the athletes, I thought so, too. But the fault would lay with the Atkins crew. They should've had handlers..or Linda Richards (Mike Myers...where was he?) at the entrances strongly insisting that the athletes should combine ranks...or at least give a stroner impression.
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  6. God, I hope Russia doesn't get such similar ideas. 8 performers on the vast floor for her 8 million sq. miles. Don't let Papaionnou or Atkins anywhere near Sochi. (Altho seriously, I think Russia will go with their homegrown producers and maybe take on Birch or Atkins or...me ...as a consultant!!)
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  7. Well, that's what they generally are. Remember the Vetti in Lillehammer? I mean what were those? Very Scandinavian, same with Nagano -- very Japanese; Torino...well, you were there. Missed a homage tribute to famous Canadians would could no longer be there: Robert Goulet, Peter Jennings, Christopher Plummer, Alex Trebek, etc... One final thought...the Russians in those Zorbs ..I thought they were my dear Oum-Pah-Lompahs!!
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  8. Well, of course, they haven't BOUGHT the rights to Sochi yet...so I guess they were not counting their chickens yet.
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  9. Some of my CC thots: - It was OK, considering what I had to piece together from NBC's diced-up coverage for the Bay Area. - I liked the Maple Leaf Forever production number. We need more of those in Ceremonies. Thank God, there was no Dmitir Papaoiannou-inspired thoughts or thinking behind these Ceremonies. On the Russian handover: Whakinda Handover segment was that? NOT a SINGLE SHOT of the next host city?? The whole thing was so ponderous especially the Russian National Anthem!! I mean it went on and on and on. The soundtrack of HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER sounded so much better. Were they trying to make up for the number of times the anthem WASN'T heard at these Games??? ANd yeah, since Sochi isn't probably all that photogenic, they just showed the culture of Russia...but all of those are finer arts are what you would find in the great theatres of Moscow, St. Petersburg, Rostov...maybe? Does Sochi even have an Opera House...or will that still be built? And then throwing in Irina Rodnina...who of course only the die-hard figure skating core aficionados would recognize. I thought the whole Russian segment was disingenous and somewhat misrepresenting facts. I guess we'll see more of that in Sochi. So after the Maple Leaf number, who else besides Avril performed?
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  10. Oh, Atkins had enough funds AND time to develop the Ceremonies. The $50 mil and 3 years' lead time is PLENTY. X, LA-1984 had only $8-10 million to work with and David Wolper's unit only took over 11 months before the Games. I also think that...and don't take this personally, Canada does not have much history* to be dramatized that isn't already familiar or too similar to what was already done in Oz (immigrants, the European colonizers, etc.)...which is why dramatizing a great big land is all that Atkins was left with, could find and which material he tried to make original in its execution. *China has like 3,000 years of history; Salt Lake had a great them; Torino/Italy has like 500+ years to draw upon, etc., etc.
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