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  1. Haha yeah, you may recall during Seven's pre-ceremony coverage they interview John Farnham. He mentions that Olivia slipped during the rehearsals.
  2. Totally agree. The way I see it is, these are still the 2020 Games (or the 2020 edition of the Games). They just happen to be taking place in 2021. It's not like they are suddenly adding Games to random years.
  3. Very true. That and they've probably changed their logo enough times as it is!! Funny how they can move an entire Olympic Games a whole year - such a logistical nightmare even the IOC probably haven't fully got their heads around yet - yet they can't change one digit.. hehe While it is certainly not the most devastating thing happening in the world right now, it sure is sad to see such a previously unimaginable new "first" for the Olympics. Isn't it weird that these are the Games where the logo had to be changed, then the Olympic Stadium design. Now this. And of course the Torch Relay. At least one good thing might come from this - cities might just have to stop trying to break the record for the "longest Torch Relay" (Although technically these next 12 months probably don't officially count as part of the Torch Relay. But anyway...)
  4. Not the bid video but actually the Sydney Olympic Broadcasting Organisation (SOBO) opening titles. It seems to be a pretty standard practice for some broadcasters to use an edited version of the host broadcaster graphics instead of something completely custom. I know Seven Australia took a similar approach in 1996 and I seem to remember someone else doing the same in 2004. Pretty sure it happens every Games.
  5. Ikarus360, clear your messages And to anyone else please private message me to keep requests out of this thread.
  6. I've got the international versions of the Sydney 2000 Opening and the Atlanta 1996 Opening & Closing in high quality. Youtube rejects them every time due to copyright claims of certain segments (the Sydney cauldron lighting in particular). But if anyone wants them, PM me.
  7. No worries Yes it was the most amazing time! Not sure how much I will put up on YouTube at this stage as I do have quite a large collection, but I've just added some September 15th stuff.
  8. As tomorrow marks the 15th anniversary (gosh!) of the Sydney 2000 Opening Ceremony, I have uploaded Channel 7's broadcast of "Olympic Eve" from the night before the Games, when the Olympic Torch reached the Olympic City. There are a few ceremony-related things throughout and I'm sure the whole thing will be of interest to many of you: https://youtu.be/TY8r0ZR0WhI I'll be uploading more Sydney related videos in the days to come which I won't be posting here, so subscribe to my channel if you're interested.
  9. My personal view of the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Closing Ceremony: https://youtu.be/IwN2Q9nlZVY
  10. Seven Australia's coverage of the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Closing Ceremony:
  11. Barcelona 1992 Olympic Closing Ceremony - RTO international feed:
  12. I agree, the miming issue in Beijing was both weird and very sad. Whether it was right or wrong, I guess it comes down to a difference in culture. Arguably acceptable over there, totally unacceptable in "western" society. And considering an Olympic Ceremony is to a degree a global advertising campaign for the host city, it would be kinda stupid to do anything that your target audience would find disturbing. In this case though, we were never meant to know about it!
  13. Ah so that explains it, Baron! I might have known!! Actually the 1996 Closing is one of my sentimental favourites. Probably because it was the first ceremony I recorded and therefore watched to death over the next four years.. plus the handover to Sydney. Was exciting for this Aussie at the time and brings back lots of memories Anyway I don't have a problem with miming, as a musician myself I can understand the reasons behind it when in that sort of environment. Was just mentioning how little effort Al Greene and BB King put into making sure they remembered to do the "ad-libs" they decided to make in the recording studio. The end of BB King's performance is hilarious when he realises his mistake and lips "let it roll" anyway lol. Usually an Opening Ceremony is totally mimed (no matter what they say lol) and a Closing is "mostly" live. In the Sydney 2000 Opening, John Farnham and Olivia Newton-John mimed until JF's last line when they turned the mics on so they could wish the athletes good luck. You can tell this by how different JF sings his last line compared to the official soundtrack. In the Atlanta Closing, each performance was mimed (except the National Anthem and Stevie Wonder's "Imagine") until the start of the Centenial Concert finale (Stevie Wonder's "Happy Birthday"). From that point they were all live. Ironic that that was when they had their sound check issue I mentioned before.
  14. You got the impression through Seven's marketing and presentation that they considered the Olympics to be something special, the biggest and best even in the world. In the lead up to Sydney 2000 - and beyond - they obviously invested a lot in their Olympic brand. Nine pretty much treated the Vancouver and London Games like just another big sporting event on their schedule. That's the main difference between the two, in my opinion. Every Games, Seven copped a lot of criticism for various reasons - too many ads, saying an event was live when it was actually slightly delayed etc etc. Valid arguments but you are always going to have that sort of thing from a free-to-air network and I never thought they were that bad anyway. In fact I would go as far to say that they were better at the Olympics than any other network I've seen in the word. I kinda laughed a bit when everyone during London was criticising Nine, saying to bring back Seven. I just thought "we'll guys, you got the change you asked for last time" lol And it's no secret that Nine was desperate to snatch the Olympics away from Seven in an attempt to gain at least a bit of an audience again.. For years they couldn't get people watching so the Games gave them the exposure they needed to push their upcoming shows like Big Brother and Underbelly. Recent ratings has shown that has paid off for them to a degree.
  15. One of the more major and painfully obvious mistakes was during the Atlanta 1996 Closing Ceremony, when the athletes were let out onto the field too early (during the "Summon the Heroes" pyrotechnics display). The sound guys and stagehands were left scrambling, causing the concert artists to do a sound check in the minutes after the fireworks had concluded. So painful to watch it's awesome!!! The earlier miming (lip-syncing) of BB King and Al Green were also probably the worst miming attempts in Olympic history LOL. A close second would be Bryan Adams in Vancouver 2010 Opening (he forgets to come in on queue). But if we really want to go there, miming could have it's own topic lol.
  16. It's just been reported that Network Ten have won the Australian broadcasting rights to Sochi 2014: http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/national/ten-wins-2014-winter-olympics-rights/story-e6frfku9-1226640656496 Damn, I was hoping this would be Seven's return as "Australia's Olympic Network" At least it's not Nine again!!
  17. I've never heard that before, that Ali did anything wrong. But it definitely took longer for the flame to travel up to the cauldron than planned... If you watch the Atlanta Olympic Broadcasting's clean feed of the ceremony it sounds like someone pauses the music track when they realise just how long it is taking. Yes, Atlanta's cauldron was quite ugly compared to most but strangely I have always been fond of it. In fact that's pretty much how I feel about the whole Atlanta 1996 Games lol. There were problems, perhaps some tacky moments but there were also some truly grand moments and I have always been fascinated by them (okay, with that comment please nobody start the Gamesbids annual Atlanta argument lol). I believe it was discussed here years ago that the original concept for the Atlanta lighting was for torchbearers to run up the stairs of the cauldron tower, but NBC(?) kicked up a stink about it not being practical for camera angles etc. So although that wouldn't have been that much more spectacular than what actually took place, the fact that they had to change their lighting concept does in part explain why it was such a poor answer to Barcelona's flaming arrow. And it does show that there was a purpose to the tower itself and why it had all those stairs (I.e. it could have just been a simple tower like Torino's).
  18. Yeah I noticed this too. I believe the transmission started yesterday. Looking forward to recording the 3D stuff too, even if I'm not that much of a 3D fan.
  19. Sorry try again. Didn't know there's a limit of 3 messages for a free account now... It's been a while since I've been active on these forums!
  20. Actually there is no storage solution that is completely reliable. That's why you have to keep backups of everything... and it's much easier (and cheaper) to backup drives than hundreds of discs. Discs are becoming more and more obsolete anyway. I have a large olympic collection (including ceremonies, competition and news reports etc) that I've built over the years. For example, I documented the whole Sydney 2000 experience from a local perspective and have done something similar for each Games since, as well as obtaining past ceremonies... Originally from VHS tapes, then DVD and in recent years HD recordings in H.264 format. All now in iTunes nicely tagged and chaptered with custom artwork for each Games. Great for streaming to Apple TV and other devices... If anyone wants the artwork for their own collections, PM me
  21. I emailed the Sydney Olympic Park Authority about this a number of years ago. They told me that it was discarded as it was not considered an important part of the cauldron. I couldn't believe it!! I do like the cauldron/waterfall as it is today but there was something about its original form and the stand that was so special. Although most people think of the Sydney cauldron being quite modern and futuristic/sci-fi, I think it had a respectable "classic" look about it that many cauldron designs lack. Yes, it definitely paid homage to Melbourne 1956 while still unique in itself. Incidentally, the designer of the cauldron reconfiguration was murdered in his home a few years ago: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/landscaper-killed-over-lucrative-fountain-deals-court-told-20120207-1r5g0.html
  22. You're welcome, Olympian2004. I'll try and upload the clip for you soon, but it really doesn't show much more than the two pictures already posted. But you do see the light dim on the red part of the cauldron in the second photo, who knows how significant or insignificant that is to the lighting sequence. My first thought was just like yours - Lillehammer 1994. Or one giant birthday candle, or the end of a candy cane hehe. And it seems to have the usual "scroll" design of the Beijing games on the top part, similar to the Community Cauldron in the following picture:
  23. Why does the Torino and Beijing forums keep swapping places on the main forums page? Just wondering, that's all!
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