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  1. 3 minutes ago, Olympian2004 said:

    Really, was it that bad? I'm wondering whether the Americans even noticed that they were behind China in the medal table anyway. It's because in the US, they rather count the overall number of medals, I believe. And there the US were leading for the past few days already.

    Because they have got too loud in recent years and wanted to turn it into a promotion of their political system.

    Anyway, VR projections. Remember how Pyeongchang was criticized about it? In comparison Tokyo is going overboard with it then again its understandable.

  2. 1 minute ago, munichfan said:

    I really liked the national anthem. Does anybody know why Naruhito is not there himself?

    There was enough controversy with him being in the opening ceremony because of public contempt with the event, and Japanese people take his role as being an unifying symbol of the nation very seriously. He had to avoid using words like "celebrating" in his opening speech in a similar way how the mexican president did in 1968 because Tletaloco Massacre was just a couple of days before the opening.

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  3. 25 minutes ago, Nacholympic said:

    Just few hours to the closing ceremony (and no excitment about it at al!)


    - It will be broadcasted from Paris. No handover in the Olympic stadium will be made.

    - They will show some sports in different and rare places of Paris

    - They will raise the biggest flag in history. They want to break the world record for the biggest flag ever. It will be raised at the Effel Tower

    - Some airplanes with athletes inside will pass thorugh Paris sky during the segment.

    - It will last 12 minutes



    Sounds like its gonna be a big mess. Oh well.

    Anyway...the stage is being set for the closing.


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  4. 2 minutes ago, TorchbearerSydney said:

    I think the era of the mega Opening Ceremonies- Sydney/Athens/Beijing/London (and throw in Sochi) needs to be over anyway...they were getting way too big and expensive. Rio was just fine.....

    Will just pretend Tokyo never happened.

    I think Rio and Pyeongchang were very balanced ceremonies which were pretty good despite being low budget and far from pharaonic like all the 2000's ceremonies were. They should be the norm from now on

  5. 11 minutes ago, Nacholympic said:

    Please, take sit and be prepared for this:

    According to this article, it is expected Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics won't be so much different as Tokyo's. That means: simple, no public, no great ceremonies...

    We must start thinking outside the box for future ceremonies not only in the Olympics... but for all the upcoming events!!!

    It seems the era of ceremonies a la Barcelon and Beijing had gone. Covid took them away, too!


    China itself has said nothing much about it. Only that they would be made in a "simple and splendid manner" which sounds very cryptic to me. But they did observed what happened in Tokyo which, unfortunately, had the bad luck of being the first Covid ceremony (that and having a cursed ceremonies team with three directors replaced in less than a year)


    Also you know very well how much they enjoy to flex, specially in the region. Even with COVID they will still put on a massive show just to rub salt into the wound of Japan. Not Beijing 2008/London 2012 scale, that's for sure, but maybe something above Pyeongchang and below Sochi 2014 is what's going to happen. The only thing which is most likely is no spectators or very limited ones, though.


  6. 23 minutes ago, Nacholympic said:

    That video mention about planning the Paris 2024 Opening Ceremony OUTSIDE the Olympic Stadium...

    I knew Buenos Aires 2018 was going to open that door....


    I don't think my heart is going to be able to take two crap opening ceremonies in a row.

    Am I really going to be left with no other choice but watch Beijing next winter then.

  7. Well....the hangover after the mess which was Tokyo 2020 ceremonies is long over. While I still feel contempt about these games I guess its still my duty to inform about whats going on.

    Bird Nest is undergoing works in preparation for the opening ceremonies. They also seem to want to make them more simple, though knowing China i'm sure "simple" to their standards will still be a spectacle.



    As the Tokyo 2020 Olympics officially opened with the opening ceremony in Tokyo on Friday, the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics are on the horizon.

    A Beijing 2022 delegation is in Tokyo to observe the Games-time operations and activities of different functional areas.

    Chang Yu, director general of Beijing Organizing Committee for the Winter Olympic Games' (BOCOG) opening and closing ceremonies department, told Xinhua that they have gained useful insights on presenting a successful opening ceremony under the circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    "The opening ceremony features a lot of highlights despite the influence of COVID-19. BOCOG is engaging actively in preparing to present a splendid Beijing 2022 opening ceremony in a simple and safe manner, with COVID-19 countermeasures in mind," Chang said.

    The opening ceremony of Beijing 2022 is scheduled to take place on February 4 next year at Beijing's National Stadium, known as the "Bird's Nest."



    The National Stadium's redevelopment for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics Opening and Closing Ceremonies is scheduled to be completed in October, four months before the start of the Games.

    Commonly known as "The Bird's Nest", the 91,000-capacity venue has entered the transformation phase in preparation for the Opening Ceremony, which is set to take place on February 4 2022.

    At the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, the National Stadium also held the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

    According to Yang Jinkui, director general of the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Games Integration Department, the construction of accessible facilities in all 12 competition venues and three Winter Olympic and Paralympic Villages has also been completed with the main construction and passed all measures during the "Experience Beijing" testing activities in February and April.

    "In accordance with the requirements of delivering a ‘simple, safe and splendid' Games, we will continue our good job in the accessible optimisation of the permanent facilities of the venues," said Yang.

    "We will also continue to deliver in the design and construction of temporary facilities, as well as the connection between temporary and permanent facilities, and strengthen training for venue operation teams. 

    "Finally, we will combine the construction of the Winter Games venues with sustainable urban development and work with the host cities to create an accessible environment that reflects the level of social civilisation and progress, so as to leave a rich legacy for the host cities."

    Zhangjikou's Olympic Village was completed in June ©Getty Images Zhangjikou's Olympic Village was completed in June ©Getty Images

    The Zhangjiakou Winter Olympic Village was completed in June this year.

    The Mountain Press Centre, the Mountain Broadcast Centre, the Medals Plaza, and the Uniform Distribution and Accreditation sub-centre are all continuing their renovations for the Games on schedule, according to organisers.

    A total of 39 venues, including the 12 for competition, are to be used for Beijing 2022.

    The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics are scheduled to take place from February 4 to 20, followed by the Paralympics from March 4 to 13.


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