Good Job US

Sat Feb 09, 2002 1:40 pm

The opening ceremony of the Olympics was really well done, good job USA.


RE: Good Job US

Sat Feb 09, 2002 1:40 pm

Where are the olympics this year?
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RE: Good Job US

Sat Feb 09, 2002 1:42 pm

Thats right. That was on tonight. Oh well. I was much happier watching a replay of the burning of the Yule Log that originally aired on Christmas Eve last year. I really liked when they did the Super Slow Motion Replays. Much more entertaining than the olympics. On 16 more days till we get the closing ceremony!!!
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RE: Good Job US

Sat Feb 09, 2002 1:47 pm

This was truly an amazing opening ceremony. It kept me hooked for the last 4 hours, and was really well done. I especially liked the one part where they had all the spactators holding the different cards that spelled out the official slogan of this year's Olympics, and made the fire effect over the crowd. When viewed from above (from the Goodyear Blimp, I think it was) it was amazing to see the stadium and that impression of the fire. I also really liked the western animals presentation with all the large 'puppets' skating on ice.

Great job Salt Lake City!!  Big thumbs up

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RE: Good Job US

Sat Feb 09, 2002 1:59 pm

It was a beautiful show, indeed! Thank you, guys!  Big thumbs up

And I think the (sparse) references to 9-11 were just right.
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RE: Good Job US

Sat Feb 09, 2002 2:07 pm

I also thought it was well done. A few of the higher moments...

--The entrance of the flags commemorating Winters Olympics past (and the nice cheers for N. American locales  Laugh out loud)

--The WTC flag

--Parade of Nations, esp. GB, USA... I thought it was awesome that so many countries' athletes were carrying US flags right next to their own

And, of course, the lighting of the flame.
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RE: Good Job US

Sat Feb 09, 2002 3:05 pm

I think I may have been the only person to catch this, but I think Bush shed a tear when the tattered flag was brought out.

- Neil Harrison
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RE: Good Job US

Sat Feb 09, 2002 3:09 pm

Neil... I was looking for something like that!! But since NBC wasn't covering the Ceremony live in the West, I was watching it on CBC Canada and they naturally didn't give the President much airtime.  Sad

I almost shed a tear during the beginning too... lol  Crying
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RE: Good Job US

Sat Feb 09, 2002 3:16 pm

funny how someone passed a phone to Bush and he just started talking...

life wasn't worth the balance, or the crumpled paper it was written on

RE: Good Job US

Sat Feb 09, 2002 4:13 pm

I'm glad my hometown put on a good show for you all. It was kind of crazy - today, I was outside, and I saw a 747 fly over, and I know that no airlines fly 747s into KSLC. And then on the news, it turns out that the President arrived about that same time. So, I guess I saw Air Force 1 fly over. Then, as we were watching the ceremonies on TV, we heard the constant roar outside of the F-16s flying air cover. Actually saw a few of them before it got dark.
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RE: Good Job US

Sat Feb 09, 2002 11:57 pm

I stayed awake all night here in austria in front of my TV set (from 2:00AM to 6:AM), like thousends of austrians did as well. You know - we are "winter games junkies".

I have to say that I never missed an opening ceremony in my life, and THIS WAS THE BEST!!!

Congrats to Salt Lake City - it was fantastic. The best winter games ceremony ever.

I loved the ice skating shows, with the "scary woods" and the lonely boy. Also the "wild west" part was great, with the "dream animals".
A fantastic choreography. I really enjoyed it!!!

The idea with the celebrities carrying the Olympic flag was also great (Glenn, Walesa, Tutu, Funaki, Spielberg, Cousteau, Killy).
And it was nice to see stars from the past again, like Phil Mare or the ice hockey team of 1980.

The music was also great, I enjoyed the "Dixie Chicks" and John Williams and the tabernacle choir best. I also like Sting, so what more could I get. Oh - yes - a great firework!

That was a superb morning, very well done SLC!!!!

Now, the fun begins....I hope for a lot of medals for austria, maybe the first ones today at the mens 30km race. And tomorrow, our ski team will compete in the mens downhill - good luck for Stefan Eberharter!

Thanks to SLC,
the olympic games junkie
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RE: Good Job US

Sun Feb 10, 2002 12:27 am

Saw only a small part of it. Looked nice.
Shame television here had to put in a 2 hour documentary on the Munich Olympics just before it, including a ton of self-proclaimed experts who claimed that it was almost a certainty that some groups would do something similar in Salt Lake City...
I wish I were flying
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RE: Good Job US

Sun Feb 10, 2002 1:03 am

 Crying Too bad I missed it...oh well, maybe next time...who was them in 2006?

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