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It sounds like Russia spent tons of money on their 8-minute handover segment....and it sounds like they might also be the best part of the entire evening. o_O

Olympics: Russia reveals portions of the Games' closing ceremonies

By Vancouver Sun, Canwest News Service

February 27, 2010 11:25 AM

The Vancouver 2010 Winter Games' closing ceremonies will feature giant "Zorbs" -- huge snowcone-like spheres, and Olympic champions and icons from sport and culture.

The Russian Olympic delegation revealed Saturday that the Olympic flag handover portion of the ceremonies will feature an eight-minute segment about Sochi, Russia, the site of the next Winter Games.

"For the first ever in an Olympic handover ceremony, simultaneous celebrations from two cities – Sochi and Russia’s capital, Moscow – will appear virtually onto a central feature in the stadium, allowing Russia to meet Vancouver through innovation," the Sochi delegation said in a news release.

The audience inside BC Place will be asked to hold up their own small "zorbs".

"Around the world, the crowd will appear as twinkling red, white and blue spheres, representing the Russian colours, and demonstrating Sochi 2014’s commitment to the involvement of people from all cultures and backgrounds," the news release said.

“We have the opportunity to showcase Sochi, modern Russia and our passion for the Olympic Movement to the world,” said Dmitry Chernyshenko, president and CEO of Sochi 2014. “We want to be truly innovative and inspire the world.”

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The audience members will get Sochi 2014 Zorbs - flashing snow globes (red, white, blue) colours of Russia's flag - to hold up during the handover ceremony. More news soon.

The handover will include live shots from Sochi and Moscow. These shots will likely be on the centre curtains or "a central feature in the stadium" according to Sochi 2014.

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Well, having live pictures from Sochi and Moscow for the handover isn't that innovative, dear Sochi organising committee -- it was already done in 1976 when another Canadian city (Montreal) handed over to another Russian city (Moscow).

But those "zorbs" seem to be quite a nice idea.

Chile's athletes, coaches to skip Olympics closing ceremony

The Associated Press

Saturday, February 27, 2010; 10:47 AM

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Chile's athletes and coaches are planning to skip the Olympic closing ceremonies following a magnitude-8.8 earthquake that has devastated their country.

Team spokesman Luis Alberto Santa Cruz said Saturday morning that the athletes and coaches are trying to get home from Vancouver as soon as possible because of the quake.

Chile has three Alpine skiers representing the country at the Vancouver Games. Noelle Barahona, Maui Gayme and Jorge Mandru are all finished competing, so they won't miss any remaining events.

Santa Cruz says that some of the coaches and athletes have been able to reach family and so far, they have found out that their loved ones are fine. Some are still trying to make contact.

After the opening ceremony, also Vancouver's closing ceremony is overshadowed by tragedy... :(

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I was about to say that :lol: . Although not much people remember, the handover to Moscow 1980 in Montreal Closing was a video showing live pictures of the city, while a chorus on Red Square was singing ''Kalinka'' (and a salt candle was brought inside the stadium or something). Anyway the handover sounds pretty amazing, cant wait to see it.

The rehearsal for the closing ceremonies should have started now, so we'll probably get some pics of it. Anyway, according to Twitter, Avril Lavigne and Alanis are going to perform on the closing.

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Used Google Translator so please forgive me for all the bad grammar here :P . Found it on Skyscrapercity

Ballet, including large, involved in the transfer of the Olympic flag, which will be held in Vancouver in the closing ceremony of the XXI Olympic Winter Games.

The ceremony of transfer of the flag represents the eight-minute show, accompanied by music by Tchaikovsky (3rd part of the Sixth Symphony), in which the organizing committee "Sochi-2014" will present the world's next host country of the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, that is, Russia, and the city -organizer of the Games, that is, Sochi.

The performers dance composition will be artists of the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theater, led by four pairs of soloists - Maria Allash and Nikolai Tsiskaridze (Bolshoi Ballet), Anna Odintsov (Novosibirsk Ballet), and Ian Godowsky (Large), Ulyana Lopatkina (Mariinsky Ballet) and Igor Zelensky ( The Mariinsky Ballet, the Novosibirsk Ballet), Anastasia Kolegova and Yevgeny Ivanchenko (Mariinsky Ballet). The authors show were Andrew Boltenko (chief director), Egor Druzhinin (Régis sser-director), Igor Markov (choreographer).


:blink: ...the same song used on the beggining of Moscow 1980 Opening Ceremony when the greek chariots opened the parade of nations. Listen to it here:

Sochi 2014: Olympic flag to Vancouver will take the world

On the eve of the grand closing XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, President of the Organizing Committee of the Sochi 2014 Dmitry Chernyshenko introduced the concept of the flag handover ceremony of the Olympic city of Sochi.

At the official closing ceremony of the Olympic Games of 2010 for future capital has a special honorary role. By tradition, the president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Jacques Rogge will take the Olympic flag from the mayor of Vancouver's Gregor Robertson and give it to the mayor of Sochi Anatolia Pakhomov. During the next eight minutes the guests BC Place Stadium and billions of TV viewers will be presented a business card of the Olympic Games in 2014.

For the first time at the closing ceremony of the Games of the future technology will connect the three cities. When sending the Olympic flag to Vancouver to join the capital of the Olympic Games in 2014 in Sochi and Moscow, who took XXII Olympic Games in 1980.

Russia's legendary sportsmen, Olympic champions, famous artists will present "Sochi 2014" at the stadium BC Place. Actors submission prepared by the Organizing Committee, will be the same giant Zorb - transparent balls that symbolize the uniqueness of personality and individuality of each person.

Sporting traditions, passed down from generation to generation - that's the message that the organizers of the world address the Games in Sochi. At the scene appear renowned athletes, whose efforts created these traditions, accompanied by the worthy successors - young guys, on which depends the future of the country's sporting achievements. Organizing Committee believes that the Winter Games in Sochi will determine the future of Russia. They will contribute to sustainable development of the country and create a unique heritage.

At the end of the paint show guests stadium BC Place will be able to literally touch in 2014, to become part of the Games in Sochi. During the ceremony, each viewer will find in its place a small ball, similar to those for the whole presentation was in the arena. In the center of the ball - a miniature model of a unique landscape of the Sochi and colored light bulbs. As conceived as the organizers at the climax of a small enough effort every spectator ceremony to light these bulbs painted the stands in the colors of the flag of Russia.

"The ceremony of transfer of the flag - is a unique opportunity to show the world the business card" Sochi 2014 "and to tell not only about the future capital of the Olympic Games, but also about modern Russia. That means to us the Olympic Movement, - said Dmitry Chernyshenko. - We want to be innovative, we want to inspire change. Today, we promise that our games will be a symbol of sporting, social, economic and environmental heritage, which will be passed on from generation to generation. We say - Welcome to the future! "


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As for the OC, I'm gonna ask for the length the closing ceremony is planned to have. Does anybody know?

Closing ceremony, oh no it cant end , I will get without symptoms from the branding and intro music.

Closing ceremony, oh no it cant end , I will get withdrawal symptoms from the branding and intro music.

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The handover will include live shots from Sochi and Moscow. These shots will likely be on the centre curtains or "a central feature in the stadium" according to Sochi 2014.

So, it's Montreal 1976 Closing all over again. The hand-over portion in 1976 featured a live satellite sequence of traditional folk dancers at Red Square; so this is nothing new. It was quite impressive at that time.

"Zorbs"...is that short for Zorba? But it sounds very Woody Allen-ish. :blink:

Also, I wonder if they will stage a streaker again this time? :lol: You know..humour being the theme of the Closing??

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