The Grandest Olympic Opening Row in History
Every time the world olympics are held, there must be an opening and closing event. The host country must be competing to make an interesting and spectacular opening party. Throughout the history of the world’s Olympics, there are at least 4 countries that managed to make the most spectacular Olympic opening party. Here are the host countries that managed to make the most spectacular opening party in history:
- Barcelona Olympics
The Olympics, which were held in 1992, were the only Olympic openings that used arrows to hit the altar. Antonio Rebollo as an arrow athlete from Spain is believed to shoot at the altar, as a symbol of the opening of the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. In general, the Olympics will be opened by carrying a torch to light the altar fire. However, the 1992 Olympics was different, the host brought the concept of opening by shooting arrows at the altar.
- Atlanta Olympics
The Olympics opening party in 1996 is also included in the list of the most spectacular Olympic opening parties in history. Because, the opening party coincides with the 100th anniversary of the Olympics which is held every 4 years. theatrical performances were chosen as the opening ceremony for the Olympics held in Atlanta. Equipped with 20,000 watt lamps and 50 feet of cloth, the audience was amazed to see the shadows of the actors playing the shadows of the athletes. The concept of an opening like this is aimed at honoring the god Zeus, who became the Greek God on Olympus.
There was a touching moment at the opening of the Antlanta Olympics at that time, namely when Muhammad Ali tried to help Parkinson when he was having trouble turning on the Olympic altar. The moment received applause from the audience.
- Sydney Olympics
The Olympics which were held in 2000 were very spectacular, because the opening concept was only carried out by Australia as the host. Carrying the concept of marine wealth and aboriginal traditions, the Sydney Olympics managed to enter the list of the most spectacular opening parties in history.
Through the “deep sea dreaming” segment, the girl, who is assisted by a guide rope, begins to “swim” with the many marine fauna that characterize the Great Barrier Reef. Meanwhile, the aboriginal tradition is shown during the “Aweening” segment. The girl is accompanied by Aboriginal elders and performs a seance ritual. The ritual is a symbol of the spirit of the Olympics which will be held in Sydney.
- Beijing Olympics
The opening party of the 2008 Olympics was not only spectacular, it was simply amazing. How not, the entire Beijing National Stadium was covered by fireworks, and there were 2,008 drummers with flaming sticks. Not only that, the process of lighting the torch is also interesting, which is done by climbing the stadium wall. Li Ning as a former Chinese Olympic athlete had the opportunity to be a torchbearer and light an altar fire.
Another amazing thing about the opening party of the Olympics is that it features 897 dancers wearing costumes that form words of wisdom. The formation of the dancers can be seen clearly from the audience stands, using Chinese writing. Not only dance, the opening party also featured taijiquan martial arts, traditional pipe musical instruments, and giant balls.
The opening party which was very spectacular and amazing cost quite a fantastic amount, which is almost 100 million US dollars. The funds are only used for the opening event which lasts for 4 hours.
In your opinion, which opening party was the most grand in Olympic history? Because the Olympics are held every 4 years, it is not imaginable if the host country competes to create a unique opening party concept.