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User currently offlineArcano From Chile, joined Mar 2004, 2406 posts, RR: 24
Posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 5777 times:

HI, many times we hear the president of the COI saying "these have been the best games ever" and things like that, but what about the opening and closures?

After seen the wonderful opening ceremony of Athens 2004, and having in mind all the Olympics since Los Angeles 84, I can think in 2 categories for the opening ceremony:

A. The ceremony itself, plus the closure ceremony
B. The fire lighting, a show by itself

My ranking A - The Ceremony
1. Athens 04 - Moving, beautiful, History, heritage
2. Barcelona 92 - Art, color, design, Gaudi
3. Los Angeles 84 - Technology, surprise.
4. Sydney 00 - Nature, colors, modern
5. Seoul 88 - Exotic, asia
6. Atlanta 96 - superbowl

My Ranking B - Olympic Fire
1. Sydney 00 - I'm still amazed!
2. Barcelona 92 - after being in Barcelona and watch the tiny size of that torch, you admire even more that guy and the arrow
3. Athens 04 - Beautiful
4. Seoul 88 / Los Angeles 84 - The climbing guys and the rings of fire...
6. Atlanta 96 - absolutely disappointing, remember that lazy rocket?  Laugh out loud
7. Moscow 80 - this one I remember

What's your own ranking? Do you remember more ceremonies?

Regards

Arcano


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User currently offlineGarnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5346 posts, RR: 53
Reply 1, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 5764 times:

6. Atlanta 96 - absolutely disappointing, remember that lazy rocket?

Correct me if I'm mistaken, but I don't quite know which Olympic Opening you watched in '96. I seem to recall Muhammad Ali lighting the cauldron.



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User currently offlineTristarenvy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2265 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 5755 times:

I'd say Barcelona w/the lighting the torch via a flaming arrow was pretty spectacular.

Atlanta was great. "The Greatest" lighting the Olympic Flame was a goosebump generator.

'84 LA games were exciting. I'm sorry to say, that Athens didn't do much for me. But then I was riding out Hurrican Charley in Orlando, so forgive me if my attention was elsewhere....

I seem to remember the Summer Games better than Winter. The '02 Salt Lake opening was good.



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User currently offlineArcano From Chile, joined Mar 2004, 2406 posts, RR: 24
Reply 3, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 5753 times:

He didn't light the cauldron directly, he used a rocket tied to a rope that was supposed to climb to the cauldron, and it took forever for the rocket to take off.



[Edited 2004-08-16 22:29:40]


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User currently offlineGarnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5346 posts, RR: 53
Reply 4, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 5744 times:

Ah yes, thanks for the photo. I wasn't quite sure how it happened and I was worried one of us might have been confusing the flaming arrow with '96. I'll agree though, it did generate goosebumps to see Ali fight back Parkinson's tremors to light that rope. I definitely would rank Atlanta higher than Arcano's giving it credit for.


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User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 5733 times:

The Atlanta games got on my friggin' nerves because they showed more of Muhammad Ali than they did of the gawddern events  Yeah sure  Insane

User currently offlineMdsh00 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4124 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 5717 times:

I have to agree with Arcano. The Atlanta games weren't bad, but they weren't that spectacular to me. I got bored by the show. Not only that but there was nothing special to the cauldron in my opinion.


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User currently offlineArcano From Chile, joined Mar 2004, 2406 posts, RR: 24
Reply 7, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 5708 times:

Indeed: you can't compare some hysterical collegees and cheerleaders shouting "welcome" with some Greeks flying and looking as millennium statues...
Atlanta ceremony looked like any football show... the only nice thing were the 4 spirits. The rest? boooooring (speaking of the ceremony only, not the games themselves).
And the lighting was a step back in many Olympics...

But maybe it was a matter of expectations: I thought "good, Americans are the best for this kind of shows" and nothing spectacular. I remember the opening and closure of the Soccer World Cup USA 1994 (opening at Chicago's Soldier Field and closure at Pasadena's Rose Bowl) much, much better.

Regards

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User currently offlineLY7E7 From Israel, joined Jun 2004, 2234 posts, RR: 19
Reply 8, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 5701 times:

I am too young to remember openings before LA, but anyways Athens is #1. Far distant second is Barcelona, then Sydney, and only because of Kathy Freeman.


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User currently offlineMdsh00 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4124 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 5688 times:

But maybe it was a matter of expectations: I thought "good, Americans are the best for this kind of shows" and nothing spectacular. I remember the opening and closure of the Soccer World Cup USA 1994 (opening at Chicago's Soldier Field and closure at Pasadena's Rose Bowl) much, much better.

I think if it were held in LA or NY, the show would have been much nicer.



"Look Lois, the two symbols of the Republican Party: an elephant, and a big fat white guy who is threatened by change."
User currently offlineLuisca From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 5681 times:

in the oppening ceremony itself the best was definatly Athens, Torch lighting, BARCELONA, TRULY amaizing. You know he almost missed? The arrow didnt land on the Cauldron, but it ignited the fumes from the Gas. It ignited it as it passed by.

User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 5680 times:

The Atlanta torch was a wasted design; they build the structure for it with stairs and a bridge into Centennial Olympic Stadium for use as part of the torch ceremony and don't even use it. They moved it a few blocks from it's original location, but you can't even go into the structure. To me, the cauldron looks like a french fry carton.

To me, the best Olympic Cauldron was the one used for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. The way they used glass in the design was very unique and groundbreaking.


The Athens Cauldron reminds me of a cigarette lighter or a pencil torch.


User currently offlineQantasclub From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 757 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 5673 times:


"The Athens Cauldron reminds me of a cigarette lighter or a pencil torch"

....the way it was lit in the ceremony resembled a gigantic erection.



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User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 13, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 5670 times:

I think the whole opening ceremony thing is pointless anywhere... the olympics are about competing anyway, right?

User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 45
Reply 14, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 5650 times:

Hey y'all.

I've always been a fan of the Olympics, particularly the Winter Olympics, but always of the opening ceremonies.

I thought this year's were decent... The guy on top of the cube didn't really impress me, but the human statuary did. I also was impressed by the cordial reception all of the athletes received -- even the Turkish contingent got a good reception.

However, I did have some weird gut impressions...

Did anyone else see the final torchbearer lighting a GIANT reefer? Or is that just my imagination? Anyway, once it started pivoting back up into position, it didn't look like a reefer anymore, but I thought it certainly did while he was lighting it. Also, I notice that the torch and its suspension look like a person's arm holding the torch. Very nice.

I think if I had been there for all of those fireworks, I might have had a heart attack. It was breathtaking enough on TV. Can you imagine all of the effort they must have put in to time those so perfectly?


redngold



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User currently offlineArcano From Chile, joined Mar 2004, 2406 posts, RR: 24
Reply 15, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 5634 times:

the whole opening ceremony thing is pointless anywhere... the Olympics are about competing anyway, right?

Sure! but as posted, I'm focusing in the ceremony, not in the games; there are several rankings about the games themselves. It's a valid question!

Srbmod: thanks for the photo. This Atlanta one shows how incredible ugly this became, looking like an old soviet structure full of unfinished metal... and you are right; since Winter Games are not popular at all among the Chileans, I've never seen the SLC one, and it's lovely!

I understand your remarks about the Athens cauldron; but you have to think that the hole stadium was made by Spanish architect Calatrava, famous for the "fish spine" architecture and some very unique designs as the bridges for Seville Expo 92, and some structures in Barcelona or Buenos Aires. All of them with this same very stylish white shape:



....the way it was lit in the ceremony resembled a gigantic erection.

Man, you should get therapy!  Big grin

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User currently offlineKBUF737 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 779 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 5626 times:

Calgary 1988

Off the Ski Jump! Fantastic!



The tower? Rapunzel!!!!!!
User currently offlineUsairwys757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 5623 times:

I liked it this year, when the French athletes came out carrying the WHITE flag.  Laugh out loud  Laugh out loud  Laugh out loud

User currently offlineAeri28 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 703 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 5605 times:

I was actually underwhelmed by the Athens opening ceremonies. I was looking very much forward to seeing them as I saw some photos on the internet of the ceremonies in the afternoon. It was visually pleasing in several parts, but there wasn't much thought in putting some historical figures on a float and parading them around the stadium. They could have done so much better with such an amazing history. I remember Atlanta doing a salute to Athens in their ceremony in '96 which was wonderful and well thought out. Although not a huge fan of Bjork, one song really did not do much to convey a party/celebratory atmosphere and the tarp going over the athletes center stage was ho hum in my opinion. I've seen most of the ceremonies starting with LA in 1984 (which was great IIRC). I really enjoyed the Salt Lake city openings with the American Indian theme and the tribute to the railroad linking East and West.

User currently offlineTBCITDG From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 921 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 5596 times:

I must agree with many people here in that the Athens opener was not as spine tingling as Barcelona or Sydney. I would have touched more on the Ancient Gods for example. Especially after seeing the pool of water (quite original) in the center of the stadium.I was expecting a huge depiction of The God of the Sea (??)Poseidon or the like.
Atlanta for me was by far the most disappointing and anti climatic ceremony that I have ever seen! Even the lighting of the flame was un eventful. Especially after what had taken place in Barcelona 4 years earlier!

So here goes Arcano:
1. Barcelona (loved the fire festival and the huge depiction of "HOLA".
2. Sydney (by faaar the MOST original lighting of the torch)
3. Moscow (who remembers the mascot shedding a tear?)
4. Seoul (excellent insight into Korean traditions)


User currently offlineConcord977 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1261 posts, RR: 26
Reply 20, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 5590 times:

Arcano,

Those are really great looking buildings. Nice compilation.

concord977



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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29784 posts, RR: 58
Reply 21, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 5579 times:

Well you knew that the Atlanta opening was going to suck, when the Atlanta Organizing commitee got permission to not release doves, because of all the crap the Animal Rights group where giving them.

They just went with kids and those foam rubber doves on a stick



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User currently offlineQantasclub From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 757 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 5563 times:

Sydney: The most spectacular and original by a mile. Best music as well.Brilliant flame lighting. As an Australian, it encapsulated perfectly this country with quirky/creative elements, but also massive and impressive in scale.

Barcelona: Stylish and definetly left it's impression and stamp. Equally brilliant flame lighting

Los Angeles: A bit glitzy, but appropriate for the host city/hollywood. Loved John William's olympic theme.

Seoul: Meticulous and exceptionally well carried out and culturally fascinating.

Athens: It was ok, for the amount of preparation they left themselves. SO much more could have been done with the base themes, but the impression I get from news reports was that they ran out of time. The lighting of the torch was sponsored by Viagra.

Atlanta: One long showcase of Trash that set the tone for one of the most tasteless, uninspiring games ever. (sorry-but it's true)




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User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 5547 times:

I loved the Athens opening ceremony, it was very dignified, very Greek - the bit with the statues was inspired ! The art-frieze pageant bit went a bit fast, they could have made a bit more of it - the idea was wonderful, and the costumes etc were brilliant, but there wasn't much movement.

The Athens flame was great, I hadn't thought of it at the time but it did look like a giant self-rolled cigarette - again, very Greek  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Sydney was on the whole a better show, it had more of the celebratory aspect, and more of an international aspect as well - the Athens show had nothing about the rest of the world, it was all just about Greece.


User currently offlineQantasflyer From Australia, joined Mar 2004, 396 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 5546 times:

After seeing the huge pool in the middle of the stadium in Athens i was expecting it to be quite an experience and while it was there were just some other aspects such as colour, music and culture which appealed to me far more in the Sydney opening ceremony. So much more could have been done in Athens and yet i felt empty afterwoods. Still however very technologically advanced! However i reckon Sydney wins hands down for the flame and performances and some terms of presentation.

Regards Qanatsflyer



Qantasflyer That's the spirit. The Spirit of Australia!
25 Tristarenvy : Quantasclub, I agree w/you about Atlanta, pretty much. WHY, with the exception of parts of the Salt Lake games, do the US games always come off as som
26 KEno : he used a rocket tied to a rope that was supposed to climb to the cauldron, and it took forever for the rocket to take off. Yeap that was such an anti
27 Post contains images JGPH1A : RE: WHY, with the exception of parts of the Salt Lake games, do the US games always come off as something that someone from Disney, or "Up With People
28 Post contains images Arcano : L-188 :Well you knew that the Atlanta opening was going to suck, when the Atlanta Organizing commitee got permission to not release doves, because of
29 Na : The parade of greek history was the best show I´ve ever seen on any opening event of any great sports event. That was truly art. Stunning. I guess wi
30 Lan_Fanatic : I truly think that the torch lighting in Athens was great. And the ceremony was also astonishing. By the way...does Athens have any mascot/pet? As far
31 Post contains images Garnetpalmetto : Athen's mascots Phevos and Athena, the official ATHENS 2004 mascots, are brother and sister. Their creation was inspired by an ancient Greek doll and
32 TBCITDG : Sydney stayed away from using The Koala and the Kangaroo because they have already been used for previous games Such as the Commonwealth games in Bris
33 Mdsh00 : TBCITDG, Well, they could have used a Wallaby or a Dingo! Moscow (who remembers the mascot shedding a tear?) I heard about this. Does anyone have an e
34 Post contains images QANTASFOREVER : I heard about this. Does anyone have an explanation of why the mascot was shedding a tear? Because it was the closing ceremony and the games were fini
35 Post contains images Qantasflyer : Without creating a biasd point of view, i found the Sydney mascots Syd, Millie snd a Olly to be really cute and interesting. Far better than the Athen
36 Blink182 : A little off topic I know, but does anybody know what the Nagano '98 mascots were supposed to be? They looked like little colored boxes with legs. I r
37 Bill142 : Sydney.. not because I'm biased or anything. Through the Olympics and the 2003 Ruby Union world cup, Australia has proven that it is capable or hostin
38 Post contains links and images Sinlock : Being that this is an aviation site I find it amazing that no one's mentioned the closing of Sydney 2000. It's still sends chills down my spine when I
39 L-188 : I hadn't heard the story of the caldron roasted doves before. Too bad, they didn't get found until after the games, Doves are good eating, would have
40 Teva : I really enjoyed the ATH ceremony. Having ben there in March, I am even more impressed by the ceremony, and, generally speaking, by all the installati
41 Blink182 : Teva- I was a wee bit too young to remember Albertville, what were their opening ceremonies like? Does anybody remember Lillihammer's opening ceremoni
42 Post contains images Garnetpalmetto : A little off topic I know, but does anybody know what the Nagano '98 mascots were supposed to be? They looked like little colored boxes with legs. Acc
43 Post contains images Arcano : To prove I have nothing against Atlanta as games, this was my favorite mascot so far:
44 Mdsh00 : was a wee bit too young to remember Albertville, what were their opening ceremonies like? Does anybody remember Lillihammer's opening ceremonies? I re
45 Arcano : It's still sends chills down my spine when I think about the F-111 igniteing it's burners and fuel dump, To symbleize the Olympic Flame returning to t
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