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    I think I read somewhere that NBC was losing money for Olympics coverage (not sure), but if it's true, I suppose NBC needs as many viewers as possible. But it's still so frustrating.

    Oooh, since they're showing ski jump right now, so I guess I can wait for the real opening ceremony while watching this..

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    I have to say this, with all of the GREAT Canadian figure skaters out there, or skaters in general, Why didn't someone say HEY let's involve all of the previous champions in Canada? What about if we had an Ice show that showcased them and some other 'themes' of Canada? Like Salt Lake City? That's what I thought I was going to get, not this.....so far not impressed. All of this interpretive dance, this is why I did not enjoy the Tornio ceremonies, it was all about noise. I WANT AN ICE SHOW!!!!!
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    Stereotypes of the wrong country though, except for the lumberjacks.

    Canada is known for two wondrous things: screeching female divas and comedians. This whole thing should've been Kids in the Hall with a cameo from Celine Dion. Now that would've been an awesome show.

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    Quote Originally Posted by magicalwords View Post
    I think I read somewhere that NBC was losing money for Olympics coverage (not sure), but if it's true, I suppose NBC needs as many viewers as possible. But it's still so frustrating.
    they are. probably because they don't have many big names for the US competing. especially with Vonn not sure she'll compete...

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    Ya know, Cirque du Soleil is actually a Canadian company? Why would you hire an Australian to do a really unsatisfactory imitation of a Canadian performance art institution?

    I did not expect to like that YouTube guy, but he turned out to be the best part of the ceremony. Unexpected and funny, but also rousing and inspirational. And very, very Canadian. Zed, not zee! I wish there was more idiosyncratic, heartfelt and genuine stuff like that, and less of the hokey, hollow pageantry.

    Oh my freaking stars, k.d. lang singing Hallelujah. One of my favoritest Canadian things ever. They saved the best for last. In too much bliss to type coherently.
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    A moment of silence for the Georgian luger who died today.

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    That was the best I've heard k.d. lang sing Hallelujah. Only Celine Dion can harsh my buzz now.

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    I enjoyed the whole thing, and I can only imagine how spectacular it must have been in person.

    FYI- I don't think its necessary to compare every opening games to Beijing.

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    And there are technical difficulties with the cauldron.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark-Eyes View Post
    I enjoyed the whole thing, and I can only imagine how spectacular it must have been in person.

    FYI- I don't think its necessary to compare every opening games to Beijing.
    Nor would it wouldn't be feasible. The Beijing Olympics poured money into it, and hired one of the most visually arresting directors of our time to conduct it. It would be far better to do something different, leverage talent and qualities distinct to the culture of the host country. And having the same Australian director who did the dreadful Sydney Olympics ceremonies do the worst of Broadway? Not the way to go. However, the beat poet followed by k.d. lang were fiercely original touches that almost made up for the limp parade before. Have talented performers from the country who are true individuals do their thing. No one can top that because there is no one else like them.

    LOL at the torch fail. I guess Superman's flaming Fortress of Solitude is more of a leanto.

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    I fell asleep just right before the flame arrived in the stadium:sheesh: So who was the one to light the flame?And which athletes carried it inside arena?
    I think it was after allelouiah song, which was a very touching moment for me (great interpretation) and i relaxed there a little. Also very touching moments were the georgian marching, the standing ovation, the one minute silence...
    I m not sure I understood the speech(poem?) of the guy.
    Our commentator was trying really well to explain us all the culture and the different nations of canada and why we watch what at the time in ceremony, because I didnt know much about history of canada and it was nice what I learnt.

    I forgot!!!Stephan flag bearer was the cutest in history!!!!
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    Is there anywhere i can view the opening ceremonies online? It was probably about 4am when it was in Finland and could not watch. Thanks

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    Gosh! You guys saw so many skaters!



    I only saw Cheltzie Lee, Kevin van der Perren, Ilja Glebov (maybe Elena and Maria, too), Allison, Cathy and Chris Reed, Stacey Kemp and David King, Julia, Alexandra and Roman Zaretsky, Song-Chol Ri, Stéphane, Tugba and Frank Carroll.


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    Few thoughts of the OC:
    -EPIC FAIL on the cauldron. However the idea of having 4 lighters (Nash, Gretzky, Lamay Doan, and Greene) was nice. Too bad for the last one. I thought Steve and Wayne's expressions were priceless.
    -k.d. lang....
    -thought Shawn White's excitement when they did that whole "Rockies" segement was cute
    -nice tribute to that luger... great to see the Georgians walked in the ceremonies.

    Overall, it was understated and nice. Not over the top like in Beijing but very Canadian without the over-hokeyness!

    As far as skaters I saw throughout the night from NBC
    -KVDP
    -Stephane (and his spinning with the flag)
    -The Japanese Reeds
    -Johnny Gaga
    -Merlie (mostly Meryl)
    -Tan & Ben
    -JoRo
    -JDub
    -Mrs. KVDP
    -The Zaretskis and Galit
    -Cherlize Lee
    -Elene :(
    -Miss Flatt
    -ESam
    -Tugba

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    I just watched it. It was really interesting. Nicely relaxed and fun. I am amazed how warm Vancouver seems to be! My mom initially thought it would be SO freezingly cold for the young women leading the atheletes groups to wear a short skirt and stockings. But what I saw were actually fake snow flakes? Besides, it seemed like an indoor studium, was it? It was SO huge though!

    Among the wears of the atheletes, I liked Sweden's, Germany's, and Canada's. Japan's and Korea's were so similar to each other! It was funny because they came in a row! Both were sober-looking, not-too-interesting wears, but perhaps they became their black hair. These were kinds of wears in which no one cannot look mistaken.

    I saw Nobu and Stephane. Both looked very happy and their baby faces looked very adorable!
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