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This is obviously humor news, guys. And a good one. :rolleyes:

There's plenty of great journals like that in Brazil. Don't you find it strange a bobsledder staying in the same hotel as ceremony staff? Watch out for media traps.

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Mr. X is back momentarily after a long absence from here.

Overall, it was a spectacular ceremony - nothing we wouldn't expect from Russia and the most expensive Olympic Games ever.

But disappointingly it lacked originality, a lot of the concepts or even the narrative were glaringly 'borrowed' from Vancouver. I don't think we've ever seen Ceremonies that practically use the same concepts.

1. The cultural segment that followed the Parade of Nations began with ice breaking, revealing the ocean and a whale formed by props and performers. Vancouver also began its cultural segment in the same way: ice breaking leading to projected orca whales.

This was my biggest beef with Sochi's Opening.

2. Sochi's projected cannon with the smoke effects for firing. Vancouver had that for the orca whale spouts.

3. Vancouver had ceiling suspended constellations. Sochi used the same type of lights to represent winter sport icons just before the lighting of the cauldron.

4. Inline skaters skating in opposing circles concluded Vancouver's cultural segment. Sochi did the same thing towards the end of its Ceremony. Granted, Beijing 2008's Closing Ceremony also had inline skaters but they were doing something completely different.

5. Both Vancouver and Sochi had their malfunctions. :P

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Welcome back mr. X!

Another observation... we had ballet dancers (in the forest segment), they had ballet dancers.

Overall, there is a lot being borrowed from Vancouver for these games... except the street atmosphere.

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Luckily they didn't borrow the rock violin tap dancing from Vancouver, that was awful.

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Nah, the ballet was entirely different... and ballet is totally expected considering this is Russia.

Welcome back mr. X!

Another observation... we had ballet dancers (in the forest segment), they had ballet dancers.

Overall, there is a lot being borrowed from Vancouver for these games... except the street atmosphere.

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Welcome back mr. X!

Another observation... we had ballet dancers (in the forest segment), they had ballet dancers.

Overall, there is a lot being borrowed from Vancouver for these games... except the street atmosphere.

This is ridiculous - ballet? You realise Russians mastered ballet as we (and Vancouver in 2010) know and use it?

mr. x is you take a step back and look at this objectively it is easy to see how similarities might exist, or why they may seem to: it is the first Winter Olympics since 2010, and an indoor one at that. Not only this, but naturally Canada and Russia share great similarities - their climate and landscape and sheer size dictates the way they project their national image. This convergence of themes and circumstance is more behind similarities than anything more sinister, like plagiarism (which I think you were alluding to)

All ceremonies are informed by those that have come before: LA was muscled up on the wake of Moscow, Barcelona directly took elements of Aucklands 1990 CwG opening, Sydney was very much the culmination of Barcelona and Atlanta, etc..

To add to this - I saw glimmers of not only Vancouver in Sochi's opening, but also London, Beijing, Turin, Athens, and Sydney.

As we move forward into the 21st century, where every Olympics will be a high tech, creative affair, we are bound to see overlaps such as this.

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They're really quite different. Vancouver focused on telling the story of the land (since you don't have too much human history. :P ) Russia told their history; their arts; their culture. But the thrusts are as different as night and day.

And ballet in an Olympic ceremony? LA CLosing with the Dance Theatre of Harlem; Torino - the avante-garde ballet. Why, London's closing with Darcy Bussell and the Royal Ballet? Why should it be unique to Vancouver and Sochi? Russian ballet is world-famous; I would've been disappointed if they didn't include it.

Two great ceremonies -- but quite distinct and contrasting IMHO.

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I read in the media guide her name was spelt Lubov - not Lyubov. Perhaps Lubov is the anglicized version?

Maybe it's Leboeuf?? LOL!! :lol: Lubov must be the phonetic spelling; Lyubov is the Roman spelling closest to the Cyrillic.

It was a mistake for them to try and transcribe one Cyrillic letter as one Roman letter; "u" has so many different sounds (hello to the BBC's Hazel "Lubbof" Irvine), whereas "yu" gives a much clearer guide to the pronunciation.

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