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I've warmed to this cauldron now, great pic from SSC:

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I'd like to see a pic of the back of the cauldron, to see if there are tracks up it or any other hints of lighting methods.

With the reputation of the swirling winds in the area, I don't (or I hope) think they will send somebody up there to light it. It would take too long and be too risky.

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With the reputation of the swirling winds in the area, I don't (or I hope) think they will send somebody up there to light it. It would take too long and be too risky.

They could use a cherry picker. LOL! :lol: just kidding.

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Agreed

Secret cauldrons aren't really the norm anyway. Yes, we've had the likes of London, Sydney, Vancouver and Beijing who have left it to the ceremony to reveal the cauldron - but Athens, Salt Lake, Torino etc all had the cauldron out in the open and on show before the Olympics.

Keep in mind, to the majority of the international viewing audience, they wouldn't have any idea what any of the Olympic venues look like, let alone spot something resembling the cauldron.

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I think the secrecy was essential for London for the lighting to work and be as brilliantly effective as it was (what happened to the cauldron afterwards is, of course a different matter). If we knew what London's cauldron looked like beforehand, if it'd be splashed across every tabloid, people would've guessed its mechanism and the amazing moment when the whole thing came together as one would've been lost. Those in the stadium said there was an audible gasp all round when that happened and I know everyone in the room I was with watching it at home said "oh wow" when that happened. That was why the secrecy was soooo necessary in London's case.

For most cauldrons this isn't necessary though. Beijing's (drawn out) lighting wouldn't have been spoiled had we seen the cauldron beforehand, perched up on the roof, but of course the Chinese were incredibly secretive about their cauldron nonetheless. And clearly there's nothing (as far as we can tell anyway) special about Sochi's cauldron that'll give too much away about the lighting. We can't have a guess the cauldron game like we did before London :P , but there's still plenty of intruige about how it'll be lit.

Yes, we've had the likes of London, Sydney, Vancouver and Beijing who have left it to the ceremony to reveal the cauldron

Even with Vancouver we'd seen the outside cauldron being constructed before the OC hadn't we?

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I think the secrecy was essential for London for the lighting to work and be as brilliantly effective as it was (what happened to the cauldron afterwards is, of course a different matter). If we knew what London's cauldron looked like beforehand, if it'd be splashed across every tabloid, people would've guessed its mechanism and the amazing moment when the whole thing came together as one would've been lost. Those in the stadium said there was an audible gasp all round when that happened and I know everyone in the room I was with watching it at home said "oh wow" when that happened. That was why the secrecy was soooo necessary in London's case.

For most cauldrons this isn't necessary though. Beijing's (drawn out) lighting wouldn't have been spoiled had we seen the cauldron beforehand, perched up on the roof, but of course the Chinese were incredibly secretive about their cauldron nonetheless. And clearly there's nothing (as far as we can tell anyway) special about Sochi's cauldron that'll give too much away about the lighting. We can't have a guess the cauldron game like we did before London :P , but there's still plenty of intruige about how it'll be lit.

Even with Vancouver we'd seen the outside cauldron being constructed before the OC hadn't we?

I agree. Without being biased, the secrative London 2012 Games Cauldron, was brilliant, and we had the Best Games here in my London, England. :D

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we had the Best Games here in my London, England.

EVERY subsequent edition is always the BEST Games to people from that country. Ergo, there is NO best Games at all.

What do they say? Self-praise is no praise at all. Tony, most of us here have been thru a few Games, so the "best" thing really is...

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EVERY subsequent edition is always the BEST Games to people from that country. Ergo, there is NO best Games at all.

What do they say? Self-praise is no praise at all. Tony, most of us here have been thru a few Games, so the "best" thing really is...

Just because I have only been on here a week, doesn't mean I haven't experienced Games. I remember Sydney 2000 when I was 3 years old.

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