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Universiade 2015 - Gwangju

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Its going to start on 8 days so I decided to open a thread dedicated to the upcoming event.

Logo and Mascot of the games (they reused the wing idea of Incheon though now forming the U for Universiade)

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Poster

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The Medals

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Athletes Village

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Torch relay undergoing, the relay began at Mudeung National Park on a ceremony

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Some sneak peaks of the stage. Sadly, it seems the ceremony will go back to the small, simplistic style of the ceremonies before Shenzhen 2011 (no offense but koreans seem to be very stingy when doing ceremonies. All of them except for the 2002 WC and the Seoul olympics felt halfassed. I seriously hope they don't do this in Pyeongchang)

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http://www.gwangju2015.com/gwangju-universiade-opening-ceremony-where-korean-tradition-meets-pop-culture-3/?c_page=1&brd_sbox_type=&brd_sbox_txt=&brd_cat=news

The Gwangju Universiade Organizing Committee (GUOC) held an official event at the Plaza Hotel in Seoul on June 3, introducing the overall plans for the Universiade’s opening and closing ceremonies.

The event was attended by the GUOC President Kim Hwang-sik, the ceremonies’ director Park Myung-sung, the Universiade’s ambassadors and others.

The GUOC President Kim Hwang-sik said that the committee would try its best to make the Universiade an event where Jeolla Provinces’ unique features and global culture would be perfectly mixed together.

Opening and closing ceremonies will have Korean celebrities representing Korea’s tradition and pop culture, including actor Joo Won, singer U-know Yunho of the duo TVXQ, popera singer Lim Hyung-joo and many more.

The two ceremonies will proceed under the Universiade’s slogan of “Light Up Tomorrow,” and the sub-themes of the opening and closing ceremonies are “U are Shining” and “Sharing the Light,” respectively.

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Here are the uniforms for the US men's basketball team , represented by the University of Kansas Jayhawks

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/galleries/2015/jun/22/ku-basketball-uniforms-2015-world-university-games/

I certainly hope we do well, but it still puzzle me we can beat Canada but not Wichita St.

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Newsreel showing more from the Athletes Village

And another one with the sport venues

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New sneak peak frok the opening (ok this pic looks a bit more promising )

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The problem with Korean ceremonies of late, is that they have the most redic themes that make absolutely no sense.

*shining we grow* *new seeds new hope* *hope fills love* bla bla bla

Complete non sensical drivel.

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They won't top Kazan, anyway!!!!!

Besides, the stage has nothing to do with Kazan stage...

Only some cover over the grass....

Having seen the Asiad 2014 Opening Ceremony we can not expect someting great....

Anyway.. let's watch...

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^^ If you see the last pic i put they covered all of the field already. But yeah, they will be more simple than Kazan. Simple doesn't always means it will be bad (except when they do it exageratedly simple like Incheon). I guess they just don't wanna invest too much money on a ceremony very few actually watch anyway.

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Preview from korean TV


It looks actually good, tbh. Better than the disaster Incheon gave us last year.

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The sneak peak looks better than Incheon... but, anyway.... presenting K Pop it's kind of ... how can I say... Kitsch.. cheesy... dumbo... I don't know...

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^^ Well, whenever Korea does a ceremony, expect at least a bit of K-Pop. Its their current trend they're so proud of now, even if some of us don't like it. (The PSY trend seems to have ended, though).

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I missed it, sadly, due to the timezone and studies. Guess i'll have to wait for a torrent or when FISU uploads it on their youtube account

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I thought it was going to be worse, but it was actually a decent ceremony. Guess they were aware of the bad reception of Incheon 2014 and hired a better team or something

You can watch it fully from here (its divided in 12 parts) before its taken down


PS: Looks like starting ceremonies at twilight has become the new trend now (London 2012, Glasgow 2014, Kazan 2013, Baku 2015 and now this one)

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PS: Looks like starting ceremonies at twilight has become the new trend now (London 2012, Glasgow 2014, Kazan 2013, Baku 2015 and now this one)

And you can see all those empty seats for the athletes. I don't like it.

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^^ Due to Maracana setting expect this to happen again in Rio 2016. I don't really mind that much, though. Lilehammer and SLC also had empty seats for the athletes and both were cool ceremonies

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^^ Due to Maracana setting expect this to happen again in Rio 2016. I don't really mind that much, though. Lilehammer and SLC also had empty seats for the athletes and both were cool ceremonies

Maracana have a lot of space to athletes. The ceremonies in Baku was in a huge olympic stadium and the athletes stayed in the sets too.

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Lilehammer and SLC also had empty seats for the athletes and both were cool ceremonies

True. But the "athletes' sections" when empty did not show up too much in the TV cameras, that's why it wasn't too obvious. THey're very obvious in the Gwangju footage.

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Farewell, Gwangju. See you in Taipei 2017

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Uh, wait a minute, did they just recycled the stage of Glasgow 2014 closing? :lol:

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