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1996 Atlanta Closing Ceremonies - Sydney's Introduction

Cool! I haven't watched that for more than 10 years! Ah, those roos on bikes! Still polarises people here between those who liked them and thought they were fun and those that were mortally embarassed.

Funny listening to it with the US commentary. I loved them trying to utter a few Aussie phrases. I wonder if they were caught out by some practical jokes played on them by the Aussies _ they said "drop off the perch'' was a phrase about having a beer _ in reality it means to die!

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Here's an edited clip of most of Albertville's Opening. [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyipsdgnbbY&NR=1[\media] What does it all mean (other than "Oh Look, I can design great costumes!

Regardless. The images are those paid for by NBC. But here's the thing: what are the IOC and NBC going to do with those clips? I mean they are meant to be enjoyed by anybody who gets a kick from th

/\ Thanks for posting that, olympics08. Indeed an interesting find. It's just like Moscow'80 redux...only "happier, more joyous! Oh, look at the happy, content citizens of the Soviet Union (the e

Interesting, never sawed it until now. Yeah, a little stereotypical but also cool. Looks like the aboriginal & the flowers were the only things that survived for the opening ceremony of 2000 (Awakening & Nature segments).

Notice that the weird winged womens concept on the handover were used on the Opening Ceremony of CWG Melbourne 2006. Strange, huh?

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Some videos of the Barcelona 92 opening:

Land of Passion:

Part I http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cod8mORmCPI

Part II http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CL2QZKF0t9w

Parade of Athletes (With unified Germany & the return of South Africa)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIJyMAM-kVA

Arrival of the Flag (With Agnes Baltsa singing ''The Bells will ring''

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEz1aMyajsk

Lighting of the Cauldron (complete version with the final relay)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnGahS9fHsc

The Giant Olympic Flag & the Human Pyramids

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtvtyJ2i0as

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Interesting, never sawed it until now. Yeah, a little stereotypical but also cool. Looks like the aboriginal & the flowers were the only things that survived for the opening ceremony of 2000 (Awakening & Nature segments).

Don't forget the Roos on Bikes also made a cameo appearance in the closing ceremony of Sydney.

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A scene of the LA84 Athletes Parade

http://youtube.com/watch?v=O9KsHd7owKY

A remarkable point: This was the first time that Taiwan participated on the Olympics with the Chinese Taipei name. If i remember well, it was also the return of Japan after the Moscow boicot.

Giorgio Moroder - Reach Out (just the official music video). This was singed at the opening, if someone find the vid publish it here (the same if somebody find the Rocket Man scene)

http://youtube.com/watch?v=mnTN5hYM0Cg

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Now some real vintage: A newsreel report about the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 1964 Games!

“The Japanese have spent over $2 billion to welcome they’re guest and not a single tax payer has compaind…out loud” – lol I thought that was quite good

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Hi guys, it's me again. Finally somebody has decided to put the Seoul 88 ceremonies on Youtube. He will put more of it on the future (one of the longests ceremonies, with a prelude, official ceremony, and a epilogue)

Teossiseum (Purifyng the Ground). The giant Dragon Drum & the changing of the Universe Tree into the Olympic cauldron

http://youtube.com/watch?v=DAv1Ce6BOrE

Performers form the 88 & Welcome words, as well as the Seoul 88 logo. The president of Korea enters

http://youtube.com/watch?v=xuysWLXg6FU

Dancers pray to the sky and parachutes fall into the stadium, forming the Olympic Rings on the air (a music containing fragments of the Nationa Anthem are heard). This was the first part of the Epilogue.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=bIEpKIWaCKU

Taekwondo Exhibition (very breathtaking)

http://youtube.com/watch?v=9Yie14pZ0bU

Gossum (Blue and red team perform this korean falk playing for harmony)

http://youtube.com/watch?v=Tst0TuKNmbw

And last but not least, the Hand in Hand song by the group Koreana, heralding the grand finale of the Opening Ceremony and the last part of the Epilogue.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=Yg00Tlh-ZcQ

I will try tomorrow to get something of the Doha 2006 Asian Games opening, very promising (the same team that did Sydney 2000 ceremonies, and they say that it will be even better than the olympics, we have to see it for ourselves to tell :P )

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I know this is irrelevant, but does anyone have clips of the Calgary 1988 Closing and Albertville 1992 Ceremonies? I doubt anyone has the clips but I guess it's worth a shot.

Well, one clip of the Calgary 1988 closing ceremony was already posted here a couple of months ago - it's the performance of the Games' theme song:

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I've been searching on all the net for the Albertville 92 opening but nothing. The ceremony was created by the internationally renowed choreographer & dancer Philippe Decloufe, who also worked on the show at the Champs Elysees conmemorating the French Revolution Bicentenary in 1989.

A really bizarre one, i can see some elements similars to Torino, like the girl singing the national anthem & the spark/flame skaters (anyway that torino ceremony contained a lot of elements from previous OC's)

Dont believe me?, take a look at this:

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Anyway, if someone have it recorded please try to post it someday on Youtube so we can take a look at it.

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Time for another YouTube olympic ceremonial update. And those are only the highlights, there are still a lot more new videos on YouTube (search for "Olympic Ceremony" and sort by "Date Added"):

Seoul 1988

Hoisting of the Olympic Flag at the opening ceremony

Bizarre fireworks, huh? Today, they couldn't dare such kind of sounds because everyone would think that it's a terrorist attack. What is the sense of fireworks at daytime, anyway?

And:

Lighting of the Olympic Flame (a.k.a. dove barbecue)

Barcelona 1992

Spain entering the stadium at the opening ceremony (Part 1, starting at 6:42)

Spain entering the stadium at the opening ceremony (Part 2)

Last but not least, an absolute highlight:

Moscow 1980

Misha the bear bids farewell at the closing ceremony

Wow, that audience was pretty moved, wasn't it? Perfectly done, that segment. Moscow really set the standard for future Olympic ceremonies.

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I've been searching on all the net for the Albertville 92 opening but nothing. The ceremony was created by the internationally renowed choreographer & dancer Philippe Decloufe, who also worked on the show at the Champs Elysees conmemorating the French Revolution Bicentenary in 1989.

A really bizarre one, i can see some elements similars to Torino, like the girl singing the national anthem & the spark/flame skaters (anyway that torino ceremony contained a lot of elements from previous OC's)

Dont believe me?, take a look at this:

comparetorinoalbert2ut9.jpg

comparetorinoalbertwo3.jpg

Anyway, if someone have it recorded please try to post it someday on Youtube so we can take a look at it.

if I had to list all the things that french (and not only) cheated from us in the past.. :lol:

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Moscow 1980

Misha the bear bids farewell at the closing ceremony

Wow, that audience was pretty moved, wasn't it? Perfectly done, that segment. Moscow really set the standard for future Olympic ceremonies.

Yep, indeed a great jewel, i have the Moscow 80 ceremonies, and they're really impressive, Misha's tears really moved all the people on the stadium. That giant Misha balloon it's said to have been watched even on the space by soviet space stations 5 years after the closing ceremony.

Now, some ceremonies videos that i have uploaded

Melbourne 2006 CWG - Australia Delegation

http://youtube.com/watch?v=l1-ibGygovc

Doha 2006 Lighting of the Cauldron (one that i recorded via VCR with some luck, i know there are already too much of this videos repeating on Youtube, but this one is more long (with some of the last torchbearers) and without comments

http://youtube.com/watch?v=S2sZUksl96s

Torino 2006 - Closing Ceremony - Final Entrance of the Athletes

Part 1: http://youtube.com/watch?v=Em2EkC_xrec

Part 2: http://youtube.com/watch?v=DIu0vIo6lik

Torino 2006 - Closing Ceremony - Exit of the Olympic Flag (the angel & devil childs chorus singing the opera Va, Pensiero, a fitting song for the moment)

http://youtube.com/watch?v=Vbaiwe5-HeQ

Torino 2006 - Closing Ceremony - The Clown band performing some well-know songs like YMCA & I will survive

http://youtube.com/watch?v=-tCJw6YJ6w0

Torino 2006 - Closing Ceremony - Ben Heppner singing the Canadian Anthem ''O Canada'' during the Vancouver 2010 Handover segment

http://youtube.com/watch?v=L7CRKfL3Gbw

Torino 2006 - Closing Ceremony - The Complete Vancouver 2010 Handover

http://youtube.com/watch?v=l-WyfAx2Ncg

PD: Sorry, comments on spanish :lol:

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Moscow 1980

Misha the bear bids farewell at the closing ceremony

Wow, that audience was pretty moved, wasn't it? Perfectly done, that segment. Moscow really set the standard for future Olympic ceremonies.

Thanks for the link, Olympian2004. 27 years later, it's sort of gratifying to see some highlight of the Moscow Closing. To me the highlight of both their Opening and Closing Ceremonies was the Stunt Card section (whom I know were members of the Red Army). There was something really artistic about that.

However...a BIG however, were the Muscovites (or guests from the other Soviet lands?) so simple-minded as to actually CRY and wave GOOD-bye to a vinyl Misha? I mean, Misha, cute as he is (and I have a stuffed Misha which I treasure very much), is really nothing but a doll. I could just imagine what was going on in Kim Il Sung's father's head when he was watching this: Why, that should've been me! Me!! :rolleyes:

Also, are the Muscovites always that simple-minded -- like when the vote in Singapore was being announced live on big screen TVs, they were applauding every vote count, even though Moscow was the first one eliminated? Are they always that big-hearted and/or naive?

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Yep, indeed a great jewel, i have the Moscow 80 ceremonies, and they're really impressive, Misha's tears really moved all the people on the stadium. That giant Misha balloon it's said to have been watched even on the space by soviet space stations 5 years after the closing ceremony.

You're kidding -- or you've been taken in by a hoax. No simple helium-filled balloon can reach the space and survive for years. Even weather ballons reach no higher than 40 kilometres/25 miles. That's still in the stratosphere, i.e. the second-lowest layer of Earth's atmosphere and far away from the space stations.

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