2012 London Olympics Opening Ceremony
The moment we have all being waiting. The London Olympics has begun and South Africa is already counted on the medal table.
Let us take a minute though and reflect on that opening ceremony. The whole world wanted to see how England had managed to prepare for the Olympics in the span of four years. They had large shoes to fill after the Beijing opening ceremony in 2008. Beijing’s opening ceremony was massive and breath-taking which left people in shock. London was under pressure to raise the bar and produce a show to rival all others. Great Britain almost got it wrong by having a complicated performance. If you were a foreigner in the country you would not have understood what was happening. However Slum Dog Millionaire’s director, Danny Boyle eventually got it right and made the opening ceremony memorable.
The Olympics started off by a harmonically tuned bell, which was created by Whitechapel Foundry. Artist performed as huge chimneys emerging from the ground symbolising the industrial revolution during. The Olympics rings were the highlight of the evening as they suspended above while artists were performing.
What would the London Olympics be like without the royal family who were anything but boring as the Queen parachuted into the Olympic Stadium with James Bond. Stun double it may have been, but pretty cool of the queen none the less.
Performers managed to pay tribute to the British music as well. The world’s top Athletes paraded and one of the proud moments for South Africans was when the 125 competitors paraded with Caster Semenya as the flag bearer.
The opening ceremony finished off by having stems forming the Olympic cauldron which was lit by seven young athletes.
What did you like about the Olympics opening ceremony?