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Oly Fan Survey: Summer Cauldrons


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  1. 1. What's your favourite Summer Olympic Games cauldron?

    • 1936 Berlin
      1
    • 1948 London
      0
    • 1952 Helsinki
      0
    • 1956 Melbourne
      0
    • 1960 Rome
      0
    • 1964 Tokyo
      2
    • 1968 Mexico CIty
      0
    • 1972 Munich
      0
    • 1976 Montreal
      0
    • 1980 Moscow
      0
    • 1984 Los Angeles
      4
    • 1988 Seoul
      0
    • 1992 Barcelona
      7
    • 1996 Atlanta
      1
    • 2000 Sydney
      7
    • 2004 Athens
      9
    • 2008 Beijing
      6
    • 2012 London
      13
  2. 2. What's you favourite Summer Olympic Gams cauldron lighting?

    • 1936 Berlin (Nazis inaugurate the relay)
      0
    • 1948 London (back to game)
      0
    • 1952 Helsinki (climbing a staircase to heaven)
      0
    • 1956 Melbourne (Greats sparks of fire!)
      0
    • 1960 Rome (a funny thing happened on the way to the forum)
      0
    • 1964 Tokyo (shadow of Hiroshima)
      0
    • 1968 Mexico City (girl power)
      0
    • 1972 Munich (calm before the storm)
      0
    • 1976 Montreal (anglo-franco detente)
      1
    • 1980 Moscow (climbing the house of cards)
      0
    • 1984 Los Angeles (Rafer madness)
      1
    • 1988 Seoul (dove barbecue)
      0
    • 1992 Barcelona (flaming arrow, hit or miss?)
      20
    • 1996 Atlanta (Ali shakes)
      0
    • 2000 Sydney (Cathy takes an extended shower)
      14
    • 2004 Athens (bowing doobie)
      3
    • 2008 Beijing (crouching tiger, flying torch)
      1
    • 2012 London (come together with petal power)
      10


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really love athens cauldron which i thought they will go for traditional design but they went for futuristic minimalist cauldron!love it!and for lighting i vote for sydney,those are awe inspiring moment went they really do something unexpected when the fire touch the water and all of sudden the cauldron rise from the ground..

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Favourite cauldron: Athens 2004.

Honourable mention to Barcelona 1992, Los Angeles 1984, Munich 1972 and Toyko 1964.

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Favourite lighting: Barcelona 1992.

Honourable mention to London 2012, Athens 2004 (best music), Sydney 2000 and Los Angeles 1984.

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Favourite cauldron: Athens 2004.

Honourable mention to Barcelona 1992, Los Angeles 1984, Munich 1972 and Toyko 1964.

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Favourite lighting: Barcelona 1992.

Honourable mention to London 2012, Athens 2004 (best music), Sydney 2000 and Los Angeles 1984.

As you said, Athens used great music to light the cauldron! Evidently seen in Barcelona, Sydney and Sochi and that's why I got excited in each. Do you think Rio will be dramatic and emotional lighting as well?

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It was LA that set off the "I bet I can light the flame more spectacularly than you did" competition. Everyone after had to find different ways to light the cauldron up after that. London sort of brought it back to a more sensible moment...but then Sochi set it off again.

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It was LA that set off the "I bet I can light the flame more spectacularly than you did" competition. Everyone after had to find different ways to light the cauldron up after that. London sort of brought it back to a more sensible moment...but then Sochi set it off again.

Nah, Sochi's was really bad.

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It was LA that set off the "I bet I can light the flame more spectacularly than you did" competition. Everyone after had to find different ways to light the cauldron up after that. London sort of brought it back to a more sensible moment...but then Sochi set it off again.

No, it was not. It was the commies in Moscow -- with their overhead-handheld-human bridge. LA just used an existing cauldron and a $35,000 hydraulic staircase for Rafer Johson.

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To a lesser extent you could call the Lake Placid 1980 cauldron significant, in terms of technology used - there had been nothing like it before (summer or winter).

Indeed, as the Director of Ceremonies pointed out to me, it was the first cauldron with movement. But still, it was rather simple.

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I suppose it all goes down to viewer impact?

Atlanta just looked cheap, and then Sydney almost overdid it? The potential for something to go wrong...

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I suppose it all goes down to viewer impact?

Atlanta just looked cheap, and then Sydney almost overdid it? The potential for something to go wrong...

The more I watch the Sydney cauldron lighting, the more I find myself thinking of the Thunderbirds launch sequence I posted a while back. It would have meant something if Woomera had been a space launch site, but without that connection, it was just hubristically OTT.

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It looks OTT through the eyes of people in 2014 - but remembering that it was conceived in the 1990s I think its a product of the era. It was industrial and ambitious, and had a lot of water - very Australian. Despite this defence - I do think that it probably had one too many elements - which was its own undoing - much like Vancouver. However the big reveal of Sydney's cauldron was one of the biggest surprises in ceremony history - not really beaten until London.

The one unsung aspect of Sydney - which might be purely coincidental or it may not be - is how for about a minute once it had reached the pinnacle (and before rising to its final height) it bear an uncanny resemblance to Melbourne's 1956 cauldron - both which seem to be both modernist and harking back to the cauldrons of ancient Rome or Greece.

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/\/\ Well, a lot of the cauldrons of most of the 2nd half of the 20th century had that saucer-like look. At one point for 1984, they were even going to add a shallow dish to the LA Memorial Coliseum cauldron...just to make it look like a 'normal' cauldron. The Art Director for LA 1984 even sent me (a copy of) his original conception. (It's in my book, page 105).

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It looks OTT through the eyes of people in 2014 - but remembering that it was conceived in the 1990s I think its a product of the era. It was industrial and ambitious, and had a lot of water - very Australian. Despite this defence - I do think that it probably had one too many elements - which was its own undoing - much like Vancouver. However the big reveal of Sydney's cauldron was one of the biggest surprises in ceremony history - not really beaten until London.

It wasn't just that the reveal was a big surprise- it was genuinely inspiring. The subsequent track climb was a triumphalist gimmick.

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