Olympic Ceremony, from top to bottom

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The Olympics are without a doubt, the biggest event that brings the whole world together in one spot. With a history expanding over 3,000 years, the first ‘modern’ Olympic Games started with the Athens 1896 Summer Olympic Games and continued throughout the two years alternating between the Winter Games and the Summer Games. As the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games draws nearer, I reviewed some of the most iconic opening ceremonies of the past Summer and Winter Olympics. Choosing a title for this opinion piece was the easiest I’ve done while watching the three-hour long ceremonies and ranking them were the hardest because of how diverse and different each of them were in which ranking them were all difficult.


Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games

The Olympics have finally returned to their home country Greece. Greece also carries a wide variety of traditional styled architecture, inspiring the Italian Renaissance movement; many mythological stories where we could find Greek Gods in the planets of our solar system; and most iconically, the Olympics, a game that brings together the people of the world in harmony and friendship and peace to celebrate what is best about mankind. The precisely choreographed movements of men body painted as statues are mesmerizing to watch as an audience both in 2004 and as future audiences of the Opening Ceremony. Since the Ancient Greek tradition and style roots into our current American lives, it is really fascinating to see creatures and objects we are all familiar with in one show.

 

London 2012 Summer Olympic Games

Without a doubt, everyone at least has London as a ‘place to travel before I die’ list. And even if you have visited London, you will never be exhausted of going there many times because
of their crowded streets and human interactions (especially as an Iowan). You can even hear English artists on the radio: Jessie J, Queen, or even nominee for Time magazine’s compilation of the twentieth century’s 100 most influential people, The Beatles; all of whom were featured in both the opening and closing ceremony of the London Games. Not a fan of music? Well, Britain also carries a tradition of wide works of literature expanding from a novel that set one of the best-selling book series in history, Harry Potter and let’s not forget everyone’s high school English class tradition, playwright William Shakespeare’s plays; which of course the show-writers did not want to miss out on. As a viewer of the James Bond series, my favorite part of this opening ceremony would have to be the iconic appearance of Ian Fleming’s James Bond, played by Daniel Craig. In it, he is escorting Queen Elizabeth II to the London Stadium in a helicopter, which unfortunately he does not pilot.

James Bond and The Queen London 2012 Performance


Queen Elizabeth II Officially Opens The London 2012 Olympics – Opening Ceremony

 


Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games

Although I did try to incorporate Winter Olympic Ceremonies, any Olympic viewer would acknowledge that the opening ceremonies for the Summer Games are longer, more expensive which makes them better and more interesting. As new technologies are made, for this one I had to choose between the drone performance of Intel’s Pyeongchang opening or the opening for the Rio 2016 games. For this, Rio gets the lead because of its really cool design of their Olympic Cauldron and their thoughtful performance.

The Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games was the first time a country in South America hosted the Olympics. By far the most creative performance goes to Rio because of their innovative stage. For people watching it on television, like me, they were probably tricked by the large-scale eye-perceiving platforms during the parkour section of the opening ceremony where buildings seemingly appeared and the parkour stunts acted out by performers seemed very realistic.

The Rio opening ceremony also taught us about how severe the climate is right now with human activities and the rising temperature of our Earth and how it is being impacted on our environment, endangering many species that have lived before us and also deserve the right to live freely without any problems in their ecosystem.

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