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Posts posted by walei

  1. Unless you build a stadium/arena specifically just for ceremonies, that's just how it will always be w/ existing football or T&F stadia. The producers will just have to deal with the size of the stage accordingly, and fill it with performers at the right moments.

    Maybe it's just me but I never got the same feeling from London/Vancouver/Beijing/Torino/Athens/SLC/all other ceremonies

    I think it's because the two sides are empty and not surrounded by people, and the stage is a bland open area with no shapes or curves. The movement of the show is mainly moving pieces from right to left so I guess the camera work couldn't do much also for the in-between segments.

  2. Watched the OC again over the weekend. I loved the use of music and the props, they were magnificently Russian. One thing I didn't like though was how empty the stage looked in-between... I think it's the way the spectators were seated, the stage floor looked like a huge empty street waiting for the marching parade to come through.

    The cauldron lighting sucked though... huge disappointment after the best ever from London.

  3. I'm ethnically Chinese but was born in Taiwan so I consider my original nationality Taiwanese or Republic of China, and my family immigrated to Toronto when I was 9.

    I think Toronto really need to think of a way to play up the multiculturalism and tie it into why this is important to the IOC.

  4. Compact, Compact, Compact! Or in French: Compact, Compact, Compact!

    Is a compact game a top priority? Rio won 2016 despite being the least compact bid. That's not to say Toronto shouldn't focus on a compact bid, they absolutely should but this alone won't be THE attraction imho.

  5. In Beijing 2008 the voice of the girl who sang the Chinese anthem was fake. The BOCOG was heavily criticized for such reveal. And also the fireworks coming from The Forbidden City to the Olympic Stadium wasn't live.

    Of course, the above written just happened during the Opening Ceremony.

    Well they were planned that way so I wouldn't call it glitches.

  6. The waterfront concept is great but I don't think it's THE trump card Toronto needs to have in its hands also. Is a scenic waterfront concept more compelling or close to compelling as what other cities can come up with? I really don't know.

    I feel Toronto needs something along the line of what olympicsfan97 said ON TOP of the technically excellent compact waterfront plan and the legacy of cleaning up the Portlands. The diversity of Toronto, a metropolis where every nationality can be found (I think I read that somewhere), home game for every nation, the living success story of the Olympic ideal that different ethnicity and race come together and building a peaceful community. Make the IOC think coming to Toronto is the same thing as padding themselves on the back... we all know how the IOC likes to do that LOL.

  7. So, if Toronto 2024 bid is a reality what do you think Toronto should do to improve its narrative besides an excellent technical bid to make it compelling?

    In 2008 it was pretty much a game by athletes for the athletes and it obvious wasn't enough to match the Juggernaut that was Beijing and China. If Toronto go ahead with 2024 our possible opponents will be Durban/South Africa, the last frontier for the IOC; Paris and their Centennial, and USA the biggest market for the IOC.

    What narrative direction should Toronto go for?

  8. I am back from the Closing Ceremony. I was sitting behind the flame. The most spectacular element for me from the singing part was the Spice Girls with the taxis.

    The arrival of the athletes took longer than expected. They had to play recorded music towards the end.

    The musical part was a bit long, especially for my guests.

    I was surprised to see a lot of athletes leaving the central stage from 10:30/11:00 pm. I don't know, maybe they got bored, were too far from the stage or had other commitments. At the end of the Ceremony the Union Jack quadrants on my side of the stadium were quite empty.

    For the spectators the display pixel blocks at each seat made the arena extremely spectacular. It was my fourth closing ceremony, the most memorable for me remains Albertville 92, because the spectators were allowed to go down in the arena and rub shoulders with the athletes and performers at the end of the Ceremony. I remember doing the conga dance with Chinese female athletes on the central stage. These were more innocent times.

    Instead of letting athletes roam around the stadium they were compartmentalized for too long. There isn't much they could do so maybe some of them got bored or just left to join other compartments. Still disappointed not seeing a impromptu conga line :P

    Spice Girls were amazing, they were also the highlight for me!

  9. I think London's lighting is probably my favorite of all time. LOGOC got everything right with the whole sequence, the music, and the progression. I love Caliban's Dream, probably my favorite original track composed for the Olympics. Sir Redgrave's entrance with 500 park builders cheering as the honor guard was brilliant. I wasn't too sure about the youths lighting the cauldron but London's motto IS "Inspire a Generation". The image of 200+ previous British medalists looking upon them waving and blessing the youth, the hugging embrace from the legends that nominated them, all with that hauntingly beautiful music gave me goosebumps.

    It's still very unfortunate that the cauldron cannot be seen outside of the stadium and had to be turned off to move it to another location.

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  10. Actually from TV you can see each kid followed the flag up to the Tor and holds up each pedal for display for a moment on the Tor. I thought it was Greek ceremony bowl that I didn't know of until I read it on here that it's part of the cauldron.

    OSB has news from London program and they just had a report on the status of the Olympic Stadium. They are tearing down everything in prep for the athletics including the Tor. The cauldron is still in the center lit, with all the construction going on. Kind of a sad scene actually, that no one outside the stadium could see it.

  11. Also if the cauldron is indeed not a massively towering structure and with all the hooplas around the world to see what London will do (especially that getting the PM's consent story), maybe the IOC is wise to hint the contrary to reduce the possible disappointment.

    But even if it's a visible inside the stadium cauldron, I'm still confident that it'll be beautiful and lit spectacularly.

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