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The closing ceremonies of the 1983 Pan Am Games were also uploaded.

The entrance of athletes begin at 18:30 . Another bizarre moments were the president of the republic itself closing the games, and the raising of the flag of Ecuador as the host city of 1987 (until they resigned, then the games were hold in Indianapolis)

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Good thing you clarified, I was about to say that there was no 1992 Winter Olympics and Paralympics Games in Albertville Minnesota United States of America North America.

A 14 minute amateur footage of the rehearsals of the Barcelona 1992 opening ceremonies. Hope you like it

Btw, i'm planing to upload the full closing ceremonies on the next days so stay tunned.

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Thank you for posting, Ikarus! Incredible that they even showed the cauldron lighting at the dress rehearsal - that would be impossible nowadays, in the age of internet! ;) But it must have leaked back then anyway, or did they even publicly announce beforehand that they wanted the cauldron to be lit by an arrow?

And do you understand what technical problem they had at 7:33? I don't understand Spanish well enough to get everything what the announcer says. Later on, he seems to announce in Catalan, what makes it worse for me. ;)

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^^ The announcer said something like "Attention. Attention. Everyone stop for an instant, please. We have a small technical problem. We will restart the rehearsals in a moment, approximately one minute." However he didn't got on details and said which kind of problem was.

Later he said something like "The technical problems were fixed, the rehearsal may continue" and the rehearsal continued. :lol:

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I remember being annoyed that the "official" stage was off centre and throwing off the symmetry of the field! Maybe its because I was a bit younger, but I remember thinking for a few full (very long!) seconds that something had actually gone very wrong! Thanks for posting! :)

/\/\ God, it's worse than I remember it. 2020 CANNOT go to Tokyo again. Those will be the most boring ceremonies in ages.

As someone pointed out earlier - there are more to the Olympic Games than there Ceremonies themselves. While I support Istanbul for 2020, I don't see that as a valid reason as to why Tokyo should not host the Olympics again.

I think Tokyo in 2020 would offer something quite different to Nagano. Obviously they'd have similarities, but I think Tokyo would be more a demonstration of modernity and internationalism, compared to Nagano's relative provincialism.

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I think Tokyo in 2020 would offer something quite different to Nagano. Obviously they'd have similarities, but I think Tokyo would be more a demonstration of modernity and internationalism,

Therefore too high-tech and now...making it too sterile. Nope. Madrid will produce the best Ceremonies of all 3. My wish is for Madrid.

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A thinly veiled reference to your disliking of Athens ceremonies?

While I could argue that there is more to Olympic selection than merely speculation on the type of ceremony offered by each (this is, afterall a SPORTING event), I think while I did mention buzzwords "modernity" and "internationalism" in a high tech ceremony - I think this is the reality for any future host. Ceremonies may increasingly move away from what we saw in the 1990's and move more along the lines of Athens, Beijing, Vancouver and London.

Besides, with Madrid's budget cuts, there might not even be Ceremonies. Maybe they can just edit some old footage of Barcelona's opening ceremony and use that...complete with a computerised voice to change any mention of "Barcelona" to "Madrid".

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Besides, with Madrid's budget cuts, there might not even be Ceremonies. Maybe they can just edit some old footage of Barcelona's opening ceremony and use that...complete with a computerised voice to change any mention of "Barcelona" to "Madrid".

Ironically they did something similar :lol: in 2002 at the Barcelona 92 10th Anniversary celebrations (they made a virtual arrow appear in the screen which ignited the cauldron instead of making Rebollo shoot the arrow himself. Even using the very same music track back in 1992)

Now seriously, if Madrid gets the games, expect a very austere edition or a recreation of the almost-disastrous build up of Athens 2004.

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A thinly veiled reference to your disliking of Athens ceremonies?

While I could argue that there is more to Olympic selection than merely speculation on the type of ceremony offered by each (this is, afterall a SPORTING event), I think while I did mention buzzwords "modernity" and "internationalism" in a high tech ceremony - I think this is the reality for any future host. Ceremonies may increasingly move away from what we saw in the 1990's and move more along the lines of Athens, Beijing, Vancouver and London.

Besides, with Madrid's budget cuts, there might not even be Ceremonies. Maybe they can just edit some old footage of Barcelona's opening ceremony and use that...complete with a computerised voice to change any mention of "Barcelona" to "Madrid".

See the thing is...I don't take the whole sports side of the Olympic Games seriously. They could break 100 WRs or none at all...and I couldn't care less. If all the performances fell below WR mark, it wouldn't make or ruin my day. Life goes on...and on to the next glorious Ceremony. :P

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A thinly veiled reference to your disliking of Athens ceremonies?

While I could argue that there is more to Olympic selection than merely speculation on the type of ceremony offered by each (this is, afterall a SPORTING event), I think while I did mention buzzwords "modernity" and "internationalism" in a high tech ceremony - I think this is the reality for any future host. Ceremonies may increasingly move away from what we saw in the 1990's and move more along the lines of Athens, Beijing, Vancouver and London.

Besides, with Madrid's budget cuts, there might not even be Ceremonies. Maybe they can just edit some old footage of Barcelona's opening ceremony and use that...complete with a computerised voice to change any mention of "Barcelona" to "Madrid".

now that is the most boring ceremony in ages!!!!
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See the thing is...I don't take the whole sports side of the Olympic Games seriously. They could break 100 WRs or none at all...and I couldn't care less. If all the performances fell below WR mark, it wouldn't make or ruin my day. Life goes on...and on to the next glorious Ceremony. :P

"Sport side?" The Olympic Games is a sporting event.

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"Sport side?" The Olympic Games is a sporting event.

Is it? I never noticed. :lol:

I DON'T know why u keep stressing that. I take what I want from the O's and the sports are secondary 2 me.

(Actually, I take Figure Skating and the Biathlon in the winter seriously. So there. :P

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPU3Oetfxoo

The full "Organised Chaos" (lawnmower man) segment of the Sydney 2000 Closing Ceremony.

Hope you like it.

Glad to finally see the lawnmower man segment in full! Whoever set it all up with the audio and the different uses of video from Seven to the CBC to Brazil's BandSports all seemlessly, great job! :) BandSports' footage in it was obviously used for better (and comperable to 7's) video quality than the CBC's. Now we know how it all started; only those at the field from the Sydney 2000 Olympic Marching Band to the Neil Gladwin's lawnmower man to all the other participants were all in on the whole joke. If you looked closely to the videoscreens at Stadium Australia (now ANZ Stadium) in the CBC's footage at the beginning, you get to see the lawnmower man going through the bowels wrecking havoc along the way and crashing with one of those giant kangaroos (and Ric Birch having some fun) from Atlanta's Sydney handover ceremony--Bruce McAveney and Gary Wilkinson pitily commentating on the poor kangaroo. That we now see from Seven, those pertaining to "Michael J. Hartch Sydney's CEO of corporate services" and the man and women with him at the small stage had to been actors too and end up start chasing Neil Gladwin. Now how about the Roy and HG pre-Closing Ceremony segment that was on 7 that McAveney and Wilkinson was referencing to at the very start?

Which brings me to this: As I said a few years ago here, I think the major reason why Warner Vision Australia didn't release the Sydney Closing Ceremonies on DVD was because of all the inabilty to get music clearances of the songs used in it for video. Hell, DVD sets weren't quite plentiful as they are now back then, especially in Australia and New Zealand at that time. So I can see now a multi-disc box set in retrospect (with the OC and 16 Days In September and likely the official Sydney 2000 highlights film as part of it) as is commonplace now for the Olympics, but I am not sure if Warner Vision Australia still holds the rights to that. The only time we see any Closing Ceremony action out of those DVDs comes from brief highlights of them at the end in 16 Days of September. It should've been on there. Furthermore, it's perceived that the OC for many people serves as the apex when it comes to the Olympics in their interests and perhaps the CC is a letdown after all that.

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Great... The video is blocked again in Germany, due to GEMA's interference because they must have used some music protected by GEMA in the ceremony. I hate GEMA.

For everyone who encounters the same problems: Open http://www.youtube.com/user/carlos91391 (it's the Youtube profile by the guy who posted the video) and look out for the video "ceremonia de clausura barcelona 1992", then try to open it via a proxy server.

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That Closing Ceremony humour (by El Tricicle) at Barcelona 1992 surely set the tone for many future Olympics. Now that I look at it, the Sydney 2000 lawnmower gimmick seems directly inspired by it. In fact, despite it featuring in the Opening, the Mr Bean/Chariots of Fire at London 2012 is almost indentical in terms of the joke itself - the triumph of the comic underdog through mischeif.

PS - The Spanish Royal Family is SO much better looking than the British. As an Australian, I'm getting Monachy envy. They come across as much more down to earth, also.

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That Closing Ceremony humour (by El Tricicle) at Barcelona 1992 surely set the tone for many future Olympics. Now that I look at it, the Sydney 2000 lawnmower gimmick seems directly inspired by it. In fact, despite it featuring in the Opening, the Mr Bean/Chariots of Fire at London 2012 is almost indentical in terms of the joke itself - the triumph of the comic underdog through mischeif.

PS - The Spanish Royal Family is SO much better looking than the British. As an Australian, I'm getting Monachy envy. They come across as much more down to earth, also.

Don't forget the parody of Chariots of Fire with Mr. Bean at London 2012 opening :P that also seemed heavily inspired from Tricicle performance

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That Closing Ceremony humour (by El Tricicle) at Barcelona 1992 surely set the tone for many future Olympics. Now that I look at it, the Sydney 2000 lawnmower gimmick seems directly inspired by it. In fact, despite it featuring in the Opening, the Mr Bean/Chariots of Fire at London 2012 is almost indentical in terms of the joke itself - the triumph of the comic underdog through mischeif.

The El Tricicle performance indeed was an inspiration for the lawnmower sketch in Sydney -- since Ric Birch was the producer for the ceremonies at both Games.

PS - The Spanish Royal Family is SO much better looking than the British. As an Australian, I'm getting Monachy envy. They come across as much more down to earth, also.

The Spanish Royal Family is pretty folksy, yes - but the rituals at the Spanish court are apparently pretty strict and conservative. That was mentioned quite often when it became noticeable that Princess Letizia had gotten very thin and looked pretty sad since her marriage to Felipe.

And I don't find the British Royal Family that bad-looking. I mean, they have Harry, Kate and (apart from the fact that he's getting bald) William, plus the Queen who always was an attractive woman and still looks fantastic for her age. Prince Philip also was a very good-looking man, and he can't be blamed for getting old - also King Juan Carlos has looked better when he was younger. ;) And I must say that Prince Charles looks much better now than as a young man. Andrew also isn't what I would call ugly. The only persons clearly lacking good looks are Camilla and Anne, and Edward isn't very attractive either.

But I digress. ;)

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