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Question about what arrangement of the Star Spangled Banner used at past Olympics

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I've always wondered what arrangement has been for our national anthem at the Olympics over the years. The first one i can recall was during Seoul for swimmer Janet Evans but i wonder what versions they've used since Seoul

What do you mean by that? Each Org Committee commissioned a musical director to reorchestrate an anthem based on their budget and whatever orchestral needs their country could provide. This was done for every Games until London 2012 when, after that, the IOC decided it was a waste of resources to record every anthem for every Summer and Winter Games, so Sochi and(I imagine) Rio will inherit the anthems' recordings from 2012. Of course, if an anthem changes in the interim -- and hopefully someone in the Committee will catch that, then it is the current Org Committee's responsibility to have a fresh recording of the new anthem on hand for their award ceremonies.

It's NOT like you can insert the Quincy Jones' arrangement there. It was an assembly line for previous Org Committees to have the 200 or so anthems (and 80ish for the Winters) ready by the time the Games' opened. And if you noticed, they're all insturmental -- no vocals.

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Personally, I preferred the Star Spangled Banner arrangements used in Los Angeles and Atlanta (along with many other countries' anthems).

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I always have liked the version used in Seoul. It was more stirring than the ones used in Barcelona and Atlanta. The version i've liked for another country would have to be the Aussie one i heard on CBC during Seoul too for Duncan Armstrong. The British one for Adrian Moorhouse was really good too. For some reason, i didn't like the Soviet anthem i heard after the women's gymnastics team final. Might have been too dramatic of a arrangement for my liking.

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