I want great winter olympians to participate at a winter opening ceremony.
Originally Posted by Procrastinator
I actually loved the Canadian opening ceremonies. They were modest and unassuming, and they reflected a country that has a small population and is young in cultural heritage. But they had moments of great beauty that reflected the Canadian character and also the land. That "flying scene" over the prairies is still one of my go-to YouTube videos.
Originally Posted by sky_fly20
But I expect the Russian ceremonies to be much more elaborate, and rich with their culture and MUSIC! (Many of my favorite composers are Russian.) I'm thrilled to hear from those of you who have already been able to watch it. It sounds as if it will live up to expectations. And to see athletes such as Rodnina taking part will be a delight. Thanks for the advance word, everyone who described it. I'm eager to plant myself in front of the TV and will not be answering the phone tonight.
Exactly! At the Winter Olympics, I want see great Winter Olympians participate in the Opening Ceremony. I don't want to see Summer Olympic athletes participate at the Winter Games. The opposite is true of the Summer Olympics.
Originally Posted by snowflake
The Summer athlete I was most shocked at was Maria Sharapova.
Currently frozen as a popsicle
Feeling narratived to death already
I liked the Vancouver Opening as well.
Originally Posted by Olympia
My winner for most embarrassing moment at an Opening Ceremony has to be the pick up trucks of cheerleaders in Atlanta in 1996. And they did that on purpose.
Favorite Opening ever was London 2012. SLC in 2002 was good, too.
I loved London too, Louisa. But then I'm a children's literature buff, and they had me at hello.
The opening tableau of this Sochi ceremony was magical, absolutely magical. Visually sumptuous. And they used Borodin's music! I was practically afloat with delight.
I'm always a sucker for the parade of nations, too. The national diversity is awesome--and the costumes!--and it's fascinating to find out about the backgrounds of the athletes. Not everyone is a young kid who lives his or her sport wall to wall every day. Some are businessmen or bricklayers; one is a prince; one young woman is a concert violinist. Vive la difference!
Does anyone else find the Turkish flagbearer really handsome?
Originally Posted by invisiblespiral
The Russian team's outfits had a bit of a Father Christmas/Victorian Santa flavor to them. I'm sure it fits nicely with Russian culture and all that, but that's what it reminded my Western mind of...
I like the less busy, less fussy team attire. And the U.S. certainly missed the mark on that more than any other team.
My favorite section: Natasha's ball. The colors of the costumes! All those peach-rose tones...sublime. And the dancing. Did anyone notice that the music was "Sentimental Waltz," which Sasha Cohen used for her 2002 short program? I love that melody; so unusual and haunting.
It was nice seeing Gracie marching for the U.S.! I saw one of the American female athletes (don't know who) look like she was overcome with emotions.
I felt bad for Heidi Kloser on her crutches. She looked like she was in such pain. I know she was determined to "walk" in the opening ceremony despite not being able to compete after her bad crash. I saw her get into her wheelchair later. It was so touching when she asked her father after her crash "am I still an Olympian?"
There were photos on social media of all the American figure skaters except Polina-- anyone know if she wasn't able to attend the opening?
I suppose I had forgotten, or never knew, that Sharapova is an Olympic medalist. That, coupled with her early upbringing in Sochi made her a reasonable choice, considering one of the flame relay members is reportedly Putin's mistress.
Originally Posted by Memelah711
I would STILL have preferred winter Olympians. There have been so many Russian greats that could have been honored. Irina Rodnina was an excellent pick for lighter-of-the-flame, along with hockey guy.
I enjoyed the ceremonies. I like opera and enjoyed Anna Netrebko. I love men's choruses and loved listening to them. I love classical music - especially Tchaikovsky. I love ballet and classical dancing. I thought Rodnina a great choice.
I saw Gracie, Alex and Maia, and Jason. Who did I miss?
I will now wait for the Shib's new video.
It's entirely possible that she isn't there yet.
Originally Posted by cornell08