On July 27, 2012, the Olympics opening ceremony opened with an amazing display of fireworks. The ceremony titled “Isles of Wonder” was the product of film director Danny Boyle. The ceremony began with a countdown showing famous, historic scenes from Britain’s past then culminated with children dressed in vintage, English garb grouped in sets, as they held balloons that popped as spectators counted down from 10. The firework display was a grandiose celebration of the mounting excitement that led to the official moment when the opening ceremony began.
The 2012 Olympics opening ceremony was a huge ratings success for NBC, reported Fox News. Though the opening ceremony was spectacular to view and broke records, many viewers were disappointed with NBC on a whole. The opening ceremony was not streamed live on the Internet and many who tried to access NBC’s Olympic coverage found the process a daunting task that left them without access to the show. Though BBC UK streamed the event, and many of the Olympic Games live, the stream is not accessible to those in the U.S. Those who want to watch the Olympics are limited to NBC, and NBC ensures they aren’t giving away any of their videos for free. Though the U.S. saw the Olympics opening ceremony in tape-delay, it was still a dazzling and impressive display.
Now, whether Boyle’s opening ceremony surpassed the incredible creation by Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou, who masterminded the 2008 Beijing summer games is a matter of personal opinion. For many, however, Yimou’s opening ceremony is the best in history.
Please enjoy the dazzling firework display and accompanying slideshow. For those using the Olympics as a teaching tool, the following educator’s resources should prove helpful.
The following educational downloads from the Olympic Museum are available in PDF format and include English versions only. Please visit the site to download the French and Deutsch versions. Olympic Museum Resources
The Olympic Games in Antiquity (PDF)
How Well do you Know the Olympic Games? (PDF)
Resources for Olympic Museum Virtual Exhibits
Finding the Roots of Sport (PDF)
Angel or Demon? The Choice of Fair Play (PDF)
Champion (Educational Kit 1 PDF)
Champion (Educational Kit 2 PDF)
Athletes and Science (Interactive and Exhibition) PDF
I Had a Dream: Hope when Sport can Change the World (PDF)
Olympic Study Centre
You will find more resources, documents, publications, and historical information regarding the Olympics at the Olympic Study Centre hosted at the Olympic Museum.
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