One of the popular sporting events, the Tokyo Olympic is all set to kickstart soon On 23rd July 2021, Friday. Excitement is at its peak, where one of the most talked-about events of the Olympic games is its Opening Ceremony. Olympic Opening Ceremony has always been the center of attraction as the event provides a platform for creative pageantry highlighting the best athletes in sports.
So here we are taking a look back at the coolest moments in the Olympic Opening ceremony in History.
1. LOS ANGELES 1984 / OLYMPIC THEME DEBUTS
John Williams’s “Olympic Fanfare and Theme” has received a lot of fame and appraised by the visitors as no one had heard the composition before it got debuted at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games and thereafter has been used as the Olympic Theme in every Olympic games.
2. LONDON 2012/ THE QUEEN JUMPS FROM A HELICOPTER
The 2012 London Olympic opening ceremony is still remembered for the adventurous act of jumping from a helicopter by Queen Elizabeth II and Agent 007, Daniel Craig. However, the actual skydiving was performed by the stuntmen.
3. BEIJING 2008/ 2008 DRUMMERS
The 2008 Beijing Olympic Games Opening ceremony is still regarded as one of the greatest opening ceremony in history for the synchronized drum performance by the 2008 musicians with a 4000-year-old Chinese percussion instrument.
4. ATLANTA 1996/ MUHAMMAD ALI CARRIES THE TORCH
Iconic and legendary boxer Muhammad Ali appeared in the 1996 Atlanta Opening Ceremony. The moment is still remembered by his fans for his iconic torch lighting which took place 36 years after winning his gold medal and 12 years after he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
5. NAGANO 1998/ INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE OF “ODE TO JOY”
The orchestra “Ode to Joy” was a memorable moment of the 1998 Winter Olympics Ceremony, as it was performed live in Nagano, Berlin, Cape Town, Beijing, New York, and Sydney via Satellite Feeds.
6. BARCELONA 1992/ AN ARCHER LIGHTS THE CAULDRON
Paralympic archer Antonia Robello ignited the 1992 Olympic flame by shooting a flaming arrow across the stadium.
7. SYDNEY 2000/ 120 HORSEMEN
The 2000 Sydney Olympic Opening Ceremony was inaugurated in a cinematic way where a lone horseman entered the empty stadium along with 120 more horsemen joining him with Olympic flags.
8. ALBERTVILLE 1992/ THE AIR BALLET
The Opening ceremony of the 1992 Olympic games is regarded as one of the most mesmerizing opening ceremonies by the performance of the air ballet sequence of the dancers strapped into ribbons.
9. LILLEHAMMER 1994/ SKIING WITH THE ETERNAL FLAME
The 1994 Winter Olympics showcased exceptional and exciting athleticism by the Norwegian skier Stein Gruben. He performed the task of skiing down a 70-meter jump holding the eternal flame.
10. BEIJING 2008/ BEIJING FIREWORKS SHOW
The Beijing 2008 Olympic Opening Ceremony is still remembered for its epic firework show. It was later revealed that the fireworks show was edited with the help of computers as it would have been too difficult to capture every explosion live.