A giant ‘starlit’ bear welcomed the world to Vancouver as part of the XXI Winter Olympics at BC Place Stadium.
The indoor ceremony sprang to life with culture, colour, lights, dance, pop, opera, sport and spectacle in an Opening Ceremony produced by Australia’s David Atkins.
There were whales, tap dancers, poetry, fiddlers, totem poles, the traditions of folklore, maple leaves, Donald Sutherland, Bryan Adams, Sarah McLachlan, Nellie Furtado, and k.d. lang.
The ceremony was dedicated to a Georgian athlete who tragically lost his life training on the luge on the first day of the Olympiad. Many athletes, including the Australian team, wore black arm bands in tribute. One minute’s silence was also observed.
But in a moment reminiscent of the Sydney Olympics the lighting of the cauldron was marred by the failure as one of three support furnaces failed to rise.
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