OMG! It is Friday, July 27th – Opening Ceremonies Day!! The entire Smith Gang has been counting down the days – we are soooo excited!! I don’t know how London will ever even come close to the Beijing ceremonies, but hopefully it will have its own WOW factor. We will be there to judge every second, as only the Smith’s can do! Ha!
Here are some facts from aol.sportsnews.com that you can impress your friends with tonight while you are watching. You will be watching … right?
— The ceremony is predicted to be viewed live by a worldwide TV audience of over a billion people.
— It will open with the ringing of the largest harmonically tuned bell in the world, produced by the Whitechapel Bell Foundry, measuring two meters (yards) tall by three meters wide and weighing 23 metric tons (25.3 tons).
— There are 15,000 square meters of staging – equivalent to 12 Olympic-sized swimming pools
— A flying system will be installed that can lift 25 metric tons or the same as five elephants
— 12,956 props, over 100 times more than a West End musical
— A million watt PA system using double the amount of speakers as on the main stage at the Glastonbury music festival
— 10,000 adult volunteer performers
— Volunteer performers from the National Health Service for a special sequence that celebrates Britain’s healthcare system
— 900 children aged 7-9 years and 11-13 years chosen from schools in the six host boroughs engaged in the official London 2012
— Real farmyard animals expected to feature in the opening ceremony include 12 horses, 3 cows, 2 goats, 10 chickens, 10 ducks, 9 geese, 70 sheep, and 3 sheep dogs.
— Each of the four nations will be represented by their national flower – the rose of England, the thistle of Scotland, the daffodil of Wales and flax from Northern Ireland.
— The opening ceremony is titled “Isles of Wonder”, inspired by William Shakespeare’s play “The Tempest”
Here is the schedule of events for the evening:
- Queen Elizabeth II will be greeted by IOC President Jacques Rogge
- Parade of athletes will take place with Greece leading it and Great Britain ending it
- Rogge will give a speech and allow Queen Elizabeth II to open the Games
- A British athlete, judge and coach will take the Olympic oath
- Cauldron will be lit with the Olympic flame by yet-to-be-announced torch bearer
I am so damn excited. You know where the Smith’s will be tonight.
Hope your life is more Olympic heaven than havoc!
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