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curlykarot
Aug. 7, 2008, 12:08 PM
Will any of the riders get to march in the opening ceremony? I assume none of the eventer will since they start so soon.

preferred
Aug. 7, 2008, 02:11 PM
per Debbie's blog there will be a separate opening ceremony in Hong Kong. I wish that were televised.

freestyle2music
Aug. 7, 2008, 02:25 PM
Will any of the riders get to march in the opening ceremony? I assume none of the eventer will since they start so soon.


I think only the jumpers will participate in Beijing.

Green Acres
Aug. 8, 2008, 02:29 PM
According to Beezie's blog, she won't go to opening ceremonies in Beijing

I did just hear from someone in Singapore that the opening ceremonies were spectacular and to sure to watch the end of the ceremonies. :yes:

ef80
Aug. 8, 2008, 02:38 PM
Watched it earlier online, from a few different sources. I managed to find someone that was streaming the BBC's coverage. There was also a Moldovian channel, and a scandanavian channel (Norway I think) that I stumbled across. The quality wasn't great, so I couldn't make out any faces - but I have a hard time recognizing horse people without helmets :) The BBC did mention Japan's Dressage rider which was cool.

Yao-Ming carried the flag for China and he's accompanied by a special guest. The torch-lighting is easily as cool as the archer was. Won't spoil it for those that haven't seen it, but I will tell you that it caught me off guard when it got started :)

Drvmb1ggl3
Aug. 8, 2008, 04:28 PM
Did NBC not show the opening ceremonies live? Odd, as it was on at prime morning viewing time.
I guess this will be another tape-delayed, cut-up, repackaged and spoon-fed Olympics from NBC.

freestyle2music
Aug. 8, 2008, 05:11 PM
According to Beezie's blog, she won't go to opening ceremonies in Shanghai.

I did just hear from someone in Singapore that the opening ceremonies were spectacular and to sure to watch the end of the ceremonies. :yes:

Shanghai ?

Yes the 4 hours and 15 minutes opening ceremonie was a blast and really beats all the other openings i have ever seen. Absolutely magnificent. It was funny to see that the American team dressed up like Frenchmen, the only thing they missed were the French baguette's.

Theo

Green Acres
Aug. 8, 2008, 08:39 PM
Shanghai ?



uh duh! :lol:

ridgeback
Aug. 8, 2008, 09:21 PM
Shanghai ?

It was funny to see that the American team dressed up like Frenchmen, the only thing they missed were the French baguette's.

Theo

Courtesy of Ralph Lauren... They should lose the barets...That was by far the best opening ceremonies I've ever seen.. Loved the whales..

Anyone see Bush yacking it up with Putin hope they are talking about what Russia is doing to Georgia right now....:mad:

Tha Ridge
Aug. 8, 2008, 09:57 PM
Courtesy of Ralph Lauren... They should lose the barets...


I really love the Ralph Lauren outfits. Got an e-mail from RL this morning showing them off. I think they're very classy and understated.

sisu27
Aug. 8, 2008, 11:13 PM
Will any of the riders get to march in the opening ceremony? I assume none of the eventer will since they start so soon.

I haven't seen it but I'm pretty sure Ian Millar was to carry our flag. Can anyone confirm that?

ridgeback
Aug. 8, 2008, 11:20 PM
I haven't seen it but I'm pretty sure Ian Millar was to carry our flag. Can anyone confirm that?

I saw Canada come in but I didn't notice if he was carry the flag..sorry

Foxtrot's
Aug. 8, 2008, 11:26 PM
Adam van Koeverden carried Canada's flag. Gold medalist in Kayak in Athens. Ian Millar may have been to multiple Games but has never medalled.

canwong
Aug. 8, 2008, 11:31 PM
CBC broadcasted the whole Beijing opening ceremony. George and Laura Bush and Princess Ann were there. So were Henry Kissinger and wife.

Love the fireworks.

dogchushu
Aug. 8, 2008, 11:35 PM
I haven't seen it but I'm pretty sure Ian Millar was to carry our flag. Can anyone confirm that?

Ian Miller carried the flag in the Hong Kong opening ceremony. Gina Miles carried the U.S. flag.

http://www.nbcolympics.com/equestrian/news/newsid=184829.html#riders+hold+ceremony+hong+kong

ridgeback
Aug. 8, 2008, 11:36 PM
Ian Miller carried the flag in the Hong Kong opening ceremony. Gina Miles carried the U.S. flag.

http://www.nbcolympics.com/equestrian/news/newsid=184829.html#riders+hold+ceremony+hong+kong


You must be talking about the Hong Kong opening ceremonies...

sisu27
Aug. 8, 2008, 11:37 PM
Adam van Koeverden carried Canada's flag. Gold medalist in Kayak in Athens. Ian Millar may have been to multiple Games but has never medalled.

That's too bad.
Medal or no medal he will always be Captain Canada to me. He's won everything else, maybe this will be the year. He's my hero.

dogchushu
Aug. 8, 2008, 11:39 PM
You must be talking about the Hong Kong opening ceremonies...

Which is why I said Hong Kong. :D

ridgeback
Aug. 8, 2008, 11:42 PM
Which is why I said Hong Kong. :D

OOPS sorry I was typing as the U.S. was coming into the stadium:D and wasn't paying attention...sorry

AffirmedHope
Aug. 8, 2008, 11:47 PM
wow haha all the world leaders look thrilled to be there ahahaha

ridgeback
Aug. 9, 2008, 12:15 AM
http://sports.yahoo.com/olympics/beijing/slideshow/ss.63

Mark Foster of the Great Britain Olympic men's swim team carries his country's flag --- HOLY COW IS HE GOOD LOOKING:)

http://sports.yahoo.com/olympics/beijing/slideshow/ss.64

seeuatx
Aug. 9, 2008, 12:30 AM
Did anyone see the little boy walking with Yao Ming? He is an honorary flag bearer for his heroics. This 9 yo little boy was in a school that collapsed in the earthquake, and 20 of his 30 classmates perished. He freed himself from the rubble, and then returned to free 2 more of his class mates. When he was asked why he said "I'm the hall monitor, it's my job." What an amazing little boy.

Foxtrot's
Aug. 9, 2008, 12:40 AM
I saw the little guy but missed the story. That's too special.

DancingQueen
Aug. 9, 2008, 12:55 AM
I know, that was awesome!

dsgshowmom
Aug. 9, 2008, 01:09 AM
Did anyone see the little boy walking with Yao Ming? He is an honorary flag bearer for his heroics. This 9 yo little boy was in a school that collapsed in the earthquake, and 20 of his 30 classmates perished. He freed himself from the rubble, and then returned to free 2 more of his class mates. When he was asked why he said "I'm the hall monitor, it's my job." What an amazing little boy.

I just got done watching it. I can't imagine what it must have been like in real life.

Yao Ming is a truly nice person. Watching him give his commentary while holding the little boy who saved two classmates after the earthquake and saying that it would stay with that little boy for the rest of his life.... very moving.

Believe it or not, I feel more hope for the future after watching the opening ceremonies than I have since 9/11.

We all have a new date to think about. 08/08/08. The day that the most amazing opening ceremonies ever done for the Olympics. The day China wanted to introduce themselves to the rest of the world.

I wish Lilly Zilo had made it to the Chinese team in Dressage.

Hopeful Hunter
Aug. 9, 2008, 01:17 AM
I have to say the opening ceremony was amazing...a truly beautiful and awesome spectacle -- with all those words connote -- in every sense. And the architecture of the buildings for the Games is stunning.

YankeeLawyer
Aug. 9, 2008, 09:11 AM
Did anyone see the little boy walking with Yao Ming? He is an honorary flag bearer for his heroics. This 9 yo little boy was in a school that collapsed in the earthquake, and 20 of his 30 classmates perished. He freed himself from the rubble, and then returned to free 2 more of his class mates. When he was asked why he said "I'm the hall monitor, it's my job." What an amazing little boy.

What an amazing story. How touching.

ridgeback
Aug. 9, 2008, 09:19 AM
Did anyone see the little boy walking with Yao Ming? He is an honorary flag bearer for his heroics. This 9 yo little boy was in a school that collapsed in the earthquake, and 20 of his 30 classmates perished. He freed himself from the rubble, and then returned to free 2 more of his class mates. When he was asked why he said "I'm the hall monitor, it's my job." What an amazing little boy.

He was adorable and so sweet.. Did you see Yao Ming interviewed afterwards and he was holding the little boy? The little boy was so polite and even knew a little english...I wanted to hug that little boy.. Did you see our flag carrier...what a smile:D

Firebug
Aug. 9, 2008, 02:01 PM
Anyone know where I can re-watch the opening ceremony?

Tha Ridge
Aug. 9, 2008, 08:42 PM
Anyone know where I can re-watch the opening ceremony?

The major networks might replay it during an off time.

I'm catching up on the rest of the opening ceremonies that I Tivo'ed last night. I am really touched watching it all - I just can't imagine the joy and hope that the athletes from countries that are traditionally more "down and out" are feeling right now. It just seems like such a beautiful community, seeing all the countries out there together on the infield. Hopefully a sign of what's to come.

Ajierene
Aug. 9, 2008, 09:29 PM
Anyone know where I can re-watch the opening ceremony?

nbc online has the parade of nations available to view - the order is kind of messed up, though and the US team actually goes through somewhere around 1hr 20 min.

You will hear the commentators states that Puerto Rico (around 30 min) coming through means the US will be around soon...but they aren't

I found the order of the countries on Wikianswers and it looks like when nbc put the segments online, they did not put them in order, for some reason. So in a segment, you can follow the list and know who's next, but any break means it will jump around a bit, no idea why.

Firebug
Aug. 9, 2008, 09:47 PM
Thanks Tha Ridge and Ajierene,
I actually got to watch the ceremony, but my sister missed it. I was hoping there might be a video online, so she could watch the cool ceremony.