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Sat, Feb. 9th, 2002 01:18 am
The Olympics!!!

The Olympics Opening Ceremony was awesome! I was having so much fun watching it that I took notes.

Some of the stuff was kinda funny, taking things in mind.

The thing started off with a whole little interpretive skating piece. The piece was centered around this one kid who carried a lantern. At one point, he was being chased by what were supposed to be icicles, but they looked more like the Klu Klux Klan on steriods! It was one of the most hilarious parts of the night. To top it off, the "Flame Within", came to save him. They had this Olympic gold medalist in figure skating from a couple years ago play the part, but he looked like the lead singer from Aerosmith (for very strange reasons, I can't remember his name). Anyway, I just thought that was amusing.

Then they had the whole processional of the countries. There were several countries that caught my attention for different reasons:

Bermuda- Normally not one of the foremost in the Winter Games, but they had one athlete. The notible part is that the flag barer came out in shorts. Poor guy must have hypothermia...

Brazil- Also not know particularily for their winter sports, they had a bobsled team. They recieved a bright yellow bobsled in which they fondly named the "Frozen Banana"...

Fiji- The mere fact that they were there is impressive to me...

India- Once again, it's kinda funny that these countries that really aren't well known for any sort of winter sports are there...

Iran- It's not so much funny that they're there (although, I was pretty sure that most of the country was deserty or somewhat related to desert), but the mere fact the President Bush looked so pissed off. hehe...

Hong Kong- It's interesting to see that China allows Hong Kong to compete seperately...

Israel- Once again, not known for winter sports...

Jamaca- I mean, come on! Why not?! It's Jamaca...

Kenya- They may have a large volcanic mountain, but it's the first time that I've seen an African state competing.

Latvia- Hehe. According to Bob Costas, every time in the past that Latvia was in the opening ceremony, they would cut to a commercial break while they appeared, plunging them into "Commercial Oblivion"...

Lebenon- Not known for winter sports...

Mexico- Let's see. No snow. Hmm...

Monoco- They have their Prince Albert competing! Their royality competes! They must have been spared from imbreeding!...

Mongolia- They were in traditional costumes. They've been doinging that everytime for the Summer Olympics, but were always considered overdressed...

Nepal- It's Nepal...

New Zealand- Appearently, a lot of Nordic people migrated down to there. Hehe. I'm too attached to my roots. hehe...

Norway- Why not? It's my birth country! But not just that, they are, historically, the strongest competitors in the Winter Olympics of all time. They hold more gold medals total than any other country! I'm proud of my heritage! And so are a bunch of rowdy Norweigan soldiers in Afganistan, who were embarrising the Americans.

Puerto Rico- Hehe. They have, like, no mountains, or snow...

South Africa- I'm not as surprised about this country because of their southern latitude, but once again, I haven't known of African states competing in the Winter Olympics.

Spain- Spanards!...

Taiwan- Now, there's some controversy surrounding Taiwan. According to well-known and trustworty sources (SCLegacy), the Taiwanese have been struggling with the Chinese for a very long time. Taiwan was or is part of the Chinese country, but have been trying to get independance for a long time. The winner of a StarCraft tournement in Asia held up a Taiwanese flag and was severly critized and forced to publicly appologize by the Chinese. The Chinese still refer to Taiwan as Chinese Taipei, as it was referred to in the ceremony. It's just interesting politics...

Venezuela- They came out in Ponchos!!!...


As the ceremony continued, my mom cracked the joke that they were going to use a flaming Osama Bin Laden to light the torch. hehe... I found that idea kinda funny.

At the same time as the processional, the entire (and I mean "entire") crowd did a "wave"! It was really cool because each of them was given a flashlight and it was dark, so all you could see was the rising and falling of the lights in a perfect wave! That was spectacular!

After that, they broke into a ceremony where they represented the five Native American tribes that lived in Utah. That was a really powerful part of the ceremony. For so long, the Native American people have been screwed over and now they were being given international recognition. It was incredible. They had the five tribal chiefs playing wood flutes at the beginning and they had a golden eagle fly around the stadium! Then at the end, they had the chiefs ceremoniously recieve a give and give a blessing to the athletes.

All the mean while, the announcers, Bob Costas and Katie Couric, were screwing up and talking over each other and really making the biggest fools of themselves that the network would let them! Then in another part of the ceremony, they got a bunch of local hockey players to dress up as eagles and do some figure skating!

After that, they dove into a little historical representative piece that had a whole bunch of pioneers, cowboys, Mormons, and the like. During this, they had a whole bunch of puppets made by the same person who did the Broadway "Lion King". They were beautiful and a real pleasure to watch. The whole thing was kinda stupid, but it was nice looking. I swear the stage manager must have been having seizures in the back, though! hehe...

Then the played Aaron Copeland!!!! There is nothing like good old fashioned mastery in music! They played the very well-known "Rodeo" for which has inspired my music for today. Then PYRO-BOY!!! You would have to seen an OPB special on pyrotechnics to get the full effect of my amusement, but they stuck fireworks to the figure skaters.

I made a comment in my notes about a particular part of the program where they had two trains come down the aisles of the stadium like two Chinese dragons, but as I look at it again... it wasn't that funny. Oh, well.

Then John Williams directed the theme for this year's Olympics. He wrote it, directed it, and it sounded good. I didn't actually think that he was that old! He's a good 70! I had envisioned this guy in his late 40's, but not 70!

Lots and lots of French. Kinda makes me wish I knew French. Luckily for me, the two official languages for the Olympics are French and English, so everything was translated into English. But, dear Lord, that crowd would cheer for anything! The President of the Olympics kept being interupted by raging applause from the crowds every other sentence!

Then they had eight of the most revered people carry in the Olympic flag. They had John Glenn, a former President of Poland, who won a Nobel Peace Prize for his campaign in the 80's for human rights, an African guy (can't remember his name), who appealed to the South African government which helped repeal the aparteid, Kathy Freeman, the Aboriginy-Aussie who won gold in Sydney, a gold medalist from Japan, Steven Spielberg, a former Olympic legend (can't remember his name), and Jacque Cousteau's son.

Then President Bush opened up the games and sat down with all the athletes. One of them was on a cell phone and had the President talk to that person! hehe...

Then... the most amazing musical geniusness of all time!... sticking YoYoMa and Sting together and have them play a song!!! That was awesome!!! The whole crowd began waving their flashlights back and forth! Who needs lighters? hehe...

Then they finally got to the lighting of the torch, but they had it passed off so many times in the stadium. They were trying to draw it out as long as possible to build suspense. Then they brought it up the aisle through the athletes' seats. The thought running through my mind was the torch catching one of the athletes on fire. The only problem is that the guy who lighted the torch was a hockey player who simply upset the Soviet Union back in the 80's by winning the gold. They had the torch set up so that the hockey player would light the bottom and then it would travel up to the support to the top, but at one point it looked like it went out.

The last ceremonial part was this really big coregraphed thing. One of the lanterns wasn't lit... oh, well. It kinda sucked... but they played "Ode to Joy" in the back!!!

Oh, well.


I had a fun time watching. hehe...

Current Mood: impressed impressed
Current Music: "Rodeo" -Aaron Copeland

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ex_juverna886
Candy
Sat, Feb. 9th, 2002 08:20 am (UTC)
Oh yeah!

Didn't you know John Williams was that old? He was already about 30 when he wrote Star Wars, and that was about his peak. Yeah, yeah, I've read too many CD booklets.

But I was totally unaware that the Olympics even started yet. What time was this on yesterday, and when does it continue?


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rosemilk
rosemilk
The Childlike Empress
Sat, Feb. 9th, 2002 12:17 pm (UTC)
Re: Oh yeah!

Eh? Olympics? When did this start? Gol durnit..


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abadoss
abadoss
Kenneth Edward Keyn
Sat, Feb. 9th, 2002 02:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Oh yeah!

It will continue for like the rest of the week. It's on right now.


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