Friday, February 12, 2010

In the Olympic Spirit

Who else watched tonight's opening ceremony for the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada? Our family made a point of watching the opening ceremony for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (remember?) in Beijing, China in 2008, and it was impressive, awe-inspiring, and educational. Well, Vancouver's opening may not have been done on as grand a scale as Beijing's (or with as huge a budget), but we loved it just the same.

Great to hear K.D. Lang, Sarah McLachlan, Nelly Furtado, Bryan Adams, and Joni Mitchell (and to see Anne Murray, although she should have been asked to sing, too). Great to see the variety of effects achieved through the use of projected visuals combined with physical objects (especially the whales that swam across the floor and used their blowholes). Great, too, to see the prominent role played by representatives of Canada's aboriginal peoples. And we were touched by the respect shown for the Georgian athlete who died today in a training accident and for his grieving teammates.

We'll tune in to watch various events from time to time throughout the coming weeks, but for sure we'll watch the closing ceremony at the end of the month to see what presentation they've been planning.

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