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  1. 2 hours ago, Olympicman said:

    I have strong guts that the cauldron design will be a flower like, with its petals surrounding the flame, i think it's connected to the torch design (sakura).

    But if you look at the cauldron in the photos it appears to be surrounded by two different circles of mirrors. The interior ring does not seem large enough to allow the pillar to expand out to a petal. The use of mirrors at that height leads me to believe that it will be vertical tower design. Like how SLC cauldron was ignited, but the "stem" stays lit.

  2. 34 minutes ago, WD96 said:

    Also, the government does not want anyone to leak the ceremonies. Before the Olympics (and ant other sporting events too), the organizers had warned everyone not to leak the ceremonies because of legal reasons.

    Yeah, ALL the governments and organizing committees say that. But we've usually got a better grasp two weeks out. 

  3. 6 hours ago, Olympian2005 said:

    The Atlanta History center will be screening live the Tokyo Opening ceremony.


    i have just registered to attend, it is free, plus you get entry to the Atlanta 1996 exhibition plus free food and coffee :)

    So excited.

    Good lord, 7AM?! Shame they aren't doing it later in the day. I need to go see the revamped Olympic section.  Tokyo's time zone isn't very friendly for us east coasters. 

  4. On 6/30/2021 at 10:13 AM, baron-pierreIV said:

    Never seen that shot before.  Interesting.  Funny that they used a black curtain.  It should've been green in keeping with the Games' color motif.  

    BTW, isn't the M-Benz stadium on the site of the also demolished OMNI?  And the Georgia Dome is now a parking lot -- or vice versa?  (Maybe Atlanta 1996 holds the record of having the most major venues (Fulton County baseball, the OMNI, Georgia Dome (2 sports right there), the transformed Olympic-Turner Field-GSU Panthers-- are there others?) demolished so quickly after the Games?  An early start for "cancel culture"?  :wacko:

     I think black was chosen so they could use it again in future needs of blacking out the roof. I know they purchased black curtains for the Benz for the Final Four last year for the same reason. 

    Dome got torn down with the Benz rising up directly to the south. MLK Jr Drive had to be diverted around and some properties including a church or two were purchased by the state for demolition. The Dome site in now the "Home Depot Backyard" for tailgating and community events. The northern section of the old dome spot  (closest to GWCC) is having sitework done to build a 1000+ bed hotel. 

    The Omni was torn down and replaced with State Farm Arena on the same site. 

    I wouldn't count the Olympic stadium as demolished. As you know it was always going to be transformed into Turner Field. And despite the horrible configuration that GSU has it in right now, Not much has been altered of the structure itself since the Turner Field transformation. The only demo work that has happened was to about 6 sections in what use to be left field. The only OG Olympic stadium structure has been Demo'd since it became Turner Field was the 7 field level sections they took down along the first base line in the transformation to the GSU Stadium. 

  5. 1 hour ago, mr.bernham said:

    Same. Hoda was a solid A. 

    The thing with NBC commentary is that it can either be a nice addition or God awful. In Sochi it was terrible, London it was okay, but this year they had some solid people. Bringing back Meredith, Bob Costas, and Hoda was a good and solid choice.

    Who did they have in London and Sochi?

    Except that wasn't Bob Costas. It was Matt Lauer

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  6. 1 minute ago, Rob. said:

    It would be odd to do a huge torch relay across Brazil then not have an Olympic flame at the end of it. Unless they are REALLY going to make a statement that changes the tradition for all future Games. Maybe they'll make a big thing of it.

    There's zero chance they axe the cauldron. We know what it looks like and how its going to work. I won't get into details because I know some people want to be surprised but there's going to be one and there's going to be real fire. 

  7. "less carbon emitting ceremony" isn't exactly a high bar to beat as far as the flame is concerned. Think back at the last very cauldrons. London had one gas line for each country, Vancouver had 4 massive flames. Beijing's was huge!!! even only having 5 modest gas heads would be less carbon emitting than normal. Those 5 or 1 will be multiplilied by mirrors. Don't expect anything crazy like no flame. 

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  8. So how do we think the Parade of Nations is going to happen? With no natural track and the little white stages sitting so close to the stands I think they enter from the tunnel opposite of the box stage and go straight to the box stage instead of around and then to their respected side. This will give the illusion of the carnival once delegations start to fill in.

    I think this would also help with cutting the time of the segment because they would be going in a straight line instead of around.

  9. That wouldn't be a tunnel there baron. That would require a hole the size of a shipping container which isn't there. Maracana has a top of the line drainage system under the turf which is what I think you saw and mistook it as tunnels. Big shiny spiny thing hanging from the roof is absolutely the cauldron.

    did the "tunnels" look something like this?

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