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Please stop derailing the thread with fights. PM's exist for a reason, you know?. Also, thanks for the link, Jmark. Glad to see a video without any pesky commentators on it. I myself downloaded thre

A missing 'leg' would have made it appropriate for the Paralympics!!!!

Not only that, but it becomes the blue circle if you look at it from behind.

How old are you? 12? 13? After 6 or 7 pages of your garbage I couldn't even filter out ONE SINGLE VALID POINT. Sucks to be you.

The funny thing is that Sochi DOES have its issues - but you did not actually identify any of the real issues facing this games, just regurgitated many Internet RUMOURS about the Games.

What about the fact that badly designed courses have resulted in injuries to athletes, ruining there chances at meddling and causing serious injuries. I raised that point and that's not internet roumors.

*rumours

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What about the fact that badly designed courses have resulted in injuries to athletes, ruining there chances at meddling and causing serious injuries. I raised that point and that's not internet roumors.

*rumours

.....there are degrees of fact and opinion in that claim. Its not blk and wt.

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In all the excitement of this thread, I don't think anyone has mentioned that the full video of the Sochi OC is now available in Bryan Pinkall's OC Database.

http://bryanpinkall.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/2014-winter-olympic-opening-ceremony.html

Also, at the risk of diverting focus yet again, I recomend anybody who hasn't been following Bryan's adventures in Sochi to check out his blog, perhaps starting here:

http://bryanpinkall.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/cyrillic-emails_13.html

PS: The OC video is in full HD, if your bandwidth can't cope, you could try the low-res version.

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Please stop derailing the thread with fights. PM's exist for a reason, you know?.

Also, thanks for the link, Jmark. Glad to see a video without any pesky commentators on it. I myself downloaded three versions of the opening. One from the CBC, another from a Russian channel (which has different angles and the ring glitch "censored") and one from the Korean SBS. While the Russian one has video quality out of this world and some of the angles are interesting, the audio suffers of an annoying echo. Also the commentators in the CBC version can be annoying sometimes. The SBS one has a very good sound quality and the commentators are not very annoying, thankfully.

Anyway, i'm sorry for not having posted here before, studies drained away my time however I did watched the Opening and i've been following the games as much as I can (so far i think the organization has been excellent ) so i guess it's about time I post my opinion/review of the opening

1) The countdown with the Cyrillic alphabet was beautifully made and clever, a great introduction to this language script. I know the theme of a girl as the protagonist of the story has been done before (did anyone said Sydney?) but Luvov was very cute nonetheless. I think the clouds at the Island segment could had been done better but it was still very impressive, and the song from Prince Igor was very fitting. This sequence was sadly not perfect because of the already well known ring glitch, which was very unfortunate but could had happened anywhere. If not for the glitch I would had called this the best introductory segment in the history of the WOG.

2) Good version of the Russian anthem. I found no problem with the russia map shaped podium . Many hosts before also had their moments of patriotism and it's not a bad thing

3) While the music of the parade was very forgettable, the parade itself was nicely done. The tunnel at the middle reminded me a lot of Atlanta '96 and I loved the projections of the country maps.

4) The mascot segment was cute and they looked surprisingly very realistic. Nice that a mascot finally has a moment to shine in a ceremony since a long time.

5) The medieval Rusia segment, although short, was nicely done and colorful. Loved the giant troika carrying the Sun at the beginning.

6) Clever use of mapping with the Imperial Russia segment and the soldiers mimicking bayonets and musical instruments :P the waltz part was nice although it got a bit boring after a while.

7) Wasn't much of a fan of the Time Forward part. I liked the huge train and the abstract art but I expected a bit more like chimneys and more projections (even though the chimneys would had been very London 2012 ) Speaking of London, I liked the Soviet Russia segment since it reminded me a lot of it. I know it was very idealized but i was glad they poked fun at themselves with it, for once :D (loved the references to Moscow 80 and the Trololo song XD). The finale with Luvov flying in the sky with the red balloon was a bit confusing. I guess it was meant to symbolize USSR break up and some sort of a "To be continued" since modern Russia story is still on writing .

8) I'm going to have a hard time getting used to Bach. Kinda preferred Rogge's speeches, but aw well. The dove of peace segment was a bit confusing but very beautiful.

9) Is it me or there was a second glitch in the opening? When that soprano began to sing the Olympic Anthem I felt that the mics weren't working very well initially so they used a back track :blink:

10) Awesome Sport Constellation segment and nice use of Daft Punk's "The Game has Changed" song. However the cauldron lightning was very forgettable. They had the chance of making something spectacular but missed it. Aw well. The cauldron is not that bad as everyone says, though, at least for me.

Overall, I think the ceremony was pretty much on pair with Vancouver, still years beyond Torino and there were segments which I liked more than London (sorry but although Pandemonium was possibly my favorite olympic ceremony opener ever, I felt the ceremony lost itself after that segment, to be honest). However the forgettable cauldron lightning and the olympic ring glitch prevents the ceremony from being perfect. Still, a great show and a big effort put by Russia. Pyeongchang is going to have big shoes to fill, ceremony wise, in 2018, however I trust that Korea will try a different and nice approach to their ceremonies. Only time will tell.

8/10

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What about the fact that badly designed courses have resulted in injuries to athletes, ruining there chances at meddling and causing serious injuries. I raised that point and that's not internet roumors.

*rumours

They were not poorly designed. The FIS approved them, the governing body of the sport.

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That was a waste of time if you wrote that out yourself. Unless you copied it of course.

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This website really has evolved into a shortbus in a very short period of time.

I think they should 'Get a room'......

I was originally thinking that "shortbus" referred to a short school bus (and its main colloquial implication), biut maybe it is referring to the movie after all. What fun!

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Please stop derailing the thread with fights. PM's exist for a reason, you know?.

Also, thanks for the link, Jmark. Glad to see a video without any pesky commentators on it. I myself downloaded three versions of the opening. One from the CBC, another from a Russian channel (which has different angles and the ring glitch "censored") and one from the Korean SBS. While the Russian one has video quality out of this world and some of the angles are interesting, the audio suffers of an annoying echo. Also the commentators in the CBC version can be annoying sometimes. The SBS one has a very good sound quality and the commentators are not very annoying, thankfully.

Anyway, i'm sorry for not having posted here before, studies drained away my time however I did watched the Opening and i've been following the games as much as I can (so far i think the organization has been excellent ) so i guess it's about time I post my opinion/review of the opening

1) The countdown with the Cyrillic alphabet was beautifully made and clever, a great introduction to this language script. I know the theme of a girl as the protagonist of the story has been done before (did anyone said Sydney?) but Luvov was very cute nonetheless. I think the clouds at the Island segment could had been done better but it was still very impressive, and the song from Prince Igor was very fitting. This sequence was sadly not perfect because of the already well known ring glitch, which was very unfortunate but could had happened anywhere. If not for the glitch I would had called this the best introductory segment in the history of the WOG.

2) Good version of the Russian anthem. I found no problem with the russia map shaped podium . Many hosts before also had their moments of patriotism and it's not a bad thing

3) While the music of the parade was very forgettable, the parade itself was nicely done. The tunnel at the middle reminded me a lot of Atlanta '96 and I loved the projections of the country maps.

4) The mascot segment was cute and they looked surprisingly very realistic. Nice that a mascot finally has a moment to shine in a ceremony since a long time.

5) The medieval Rusia segment, although short, was nicely done and colorful. Loved the giant troika carrying the Sun at the beginning.

6) Clever use of mapping with the Imperial Russia segment and the soldiers mimicking bayonets and musical instruments :P the waltz part was nice although it got a bit boring after a while.

7) Wasn't much of a fan of the Time Forward part. I liked the huge train and the abstract art but I expected a bit more like chimneys and more projections (even though the chimneys would had been very London 2012 ) Speaking of London, I liked the Soviet Russia segment since it reminded me a lot of it. I know it was very idealized but i was glad they poked fun at themselves with it, for once :D (loved the references to Moscow 80 and the Trololo song XD). The finale with Luvov flying in the sky with the red balloon was a bit confusing. I guess it was meant to symbolize USSR break up and some sort of a "To be continued" since modern Russia story is still on writing .

8) I'm going to have a hard time getting used to Bach. Kinda preferred Rogge's speeches, but aw well. The dove of peace segment was a bit confusing but very beautiful.

9) Is it me or there was a second glitch in the opening? When that soprano began to sing the Olympic Anthem I felt that the mics weren't working very well initially so they used a back track :blink:

10) Awesome Sport Constellation segment and nice use of Daft Punk's "The Game has Changed" song. However the cauldron lightning was very forgettable. They had the chance of making something spectacular but missed it. Aw well. The cauldron is not that bad as everyone says, though, at least for me.

Overall, I think the ceremony was pretty much on pair with Vancouver, still years beyond Torino and there were segments which I liked more than London (sorry but although Pandemonium was possibly my favorite olympic ceremony opener ever, I felt the ceremony lost itself after that segment, to be honest). However the forgettable cauldron lightning and the olympic ring glitch prevents the ceremony from being perfect. Still, a great show and a big effort put by Russia. Pyeongchang is going to have big shoes to fill, ceremony wise, in 2018, however I trust that Korea will try a different and nice approach to their ceremonies. Only time will tell.

8/10

i agree with some of it. i do love the ceremonies have nature a bit specifically costume wise. performers are wear actual (able to move without restrictions) costumes. not just huge cardboard blob of something (atlanta)

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OK, Opening Ceremony geographic conundrum: when the Marching Cadets came out, they were clearly part of Peter the Great's military ramp-up in his new capital, St. Petersburg. Then all of a sudden, they became part of Natasha's first ball (as in "War and Peace"). However, the proper geographic setting of Natasha Rostov's first ball is MOSCOW. So, how did the sequence suddenly, inexplicably jump from St. Petersburg to Moscow??? :blink: Explanation, anyone??

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artistic license

Dangit!! I knew you/someone would say that. But I wanted to nail them on that!!

Another set of Olympic/historical coincidences. Czar Peter founded and built St. Petersburg / Petrograd / Leningrad / St. Peteburg as a new Russian city. 4 centuries later, a new leader, Vladimir Putin practically, single-handedly creates a new Russian resort city, Sochi. How weird is all that?? :blink: (I mean, think of what the original Peter could've built with Putin's $51 billion spent in Sochi.)

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How is that a coincidence, as much as it is you bolding the capital letters of certain words in English. (the Czar and Putin do not use the roman alphabet!)

Artistic license!! :P (Of course, I work from my knowledge of English. I do not pretend to know Cyrillic.) Can you do better, wise-ass??

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OK, Opening Ceremony geographic conundrum: when the Marching Cadets came out, they were clearly part of Peter the Great's military ramp-up in his new capital, St. Petersburg. Then all of a sudden, they became part of Natasha's first ball (as in "War and Peace"). However, the proper geographic setting of Natasha Rostov's first ball is MOSCOW. So, how did the sequence suddenly, inexplicably jump from St. Petersburg to Moscow??? :blink: Explanation, anyone??

Because they can, and they did.

The ceremony wasn't even in St. Petersburg or Moscow so they can do as they wish --- this is an integral part of story telling. I'd assume someone who has written a book on the matter would be able to grasp this.

Sydney's ceremony included Nolan's Ned Kelly - an icon of the state of Victoria. What were hundreds of Ned Kelly's doing at an Olympic ceremony in NSW? As mentioned, artistic licence.

Artistic license!! :P (Of course, I work from my knowledge of English. I do not pretend to know Cyrillic.) Can you do better, wise-ass??

Admittedly, Baron, I can't do better. You've won this time...

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The ceremony wasn't even in St. Petersburg or Moscow so they can do as they wish --- this is an integral part of story telling. I'd assume someone who has written a book on the matter would be able to grasp this.

Admittedly, Baron, I can't do better. You've won this time...

No. But they were rather precise with many touchstones in their narrative -- specific islands & geographic points in the Opener; the film clip showing an affinity to the ancient Greeks, etc., etc., even to the erection of Fisht stadium. And then all of a sudden, there is that 'odd' jump. (Excuse me for knowing my WAR & PEACE. Yeah, indulge me to be nitpicky on this one point. Jeez, you can't even be loose enough to play along...) ;)

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