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Rex Feb 8th, 2002 08:42 PM

The broadcast of the Olympics opening ceremonies seems to have shut down traffic on the forum quite a bit tonight.
Even me.<BR><BR>And that's nice.<BR><BR>Enjoy &lt;&lt;les Jeux&gt;&gt;...<BR><BR>Best wishes,<BR><BR>Rex<BR>

KC Feb 8th, 2002 08:44 PM

How did you like them? Did you find them moving or hokey? Who would you have picked for the person/s to light the big torch?

John G Feb 8th, 2002 08:52 PM

I honestly thought that Rudy Guiliani was going to light the torch. I know he has nothing to do with the Olympics, but I figured since they had to parade the WTC flag around, they were going to have some sort of WTC/NYC tribute. Im just glad it wasn't that flying monkey from the Wizard of Oz, Tara Lipinski. If they had selected her I would have thrown up.<BR><BR>I liked how W sat in the stands with the American athletes, that was a nice gesture. However, someone needs to find him a new tailor because that overcoat he was wearing was too large for him. Either that, or he needs to fatten up by eating more pretzels.

Nic Feb 8th, 2002 08:58 PM

Ha! I noticed the large coat also..maybe he needs room for the bullet proof vest? It was nice to see him sitting and laughing with the athletes.I thought that almost every athlete that they showed was so good looking-in that fresh healthy clean way..some more so than others of course.I thought the music was a touch too "religious experience happening"-and I wanted to smack Katie Couric and that joker she was blabbing away with, but I think it was ok.

Lisa Feb 8th, 2002 09:01 PM

No Fair. Here on the west coast, we see it all delayed, even though it says "live" on the screen. Who did (will) light the torch, by the way? Right now we're just watching Chile in the ceremony of nations, and it's all over for you, right? If only I worked at NBC....

cd Feb 8th, 2002 09:05 PM

A great Olympic opening. Meaningful entertainment!

kit Feb 8th, 2002 09:08 PM

I enjoyed them, especially seeing Sting and Yo Yo Ma on the same stage. I thought Katie looked goofy in that head wrap; she's so pretty otherwise, it seems like they could have let her look more natural somehow.

A.M. Feb 8th, 2002 09:12 PM

I agree, it was a great opening ceremony. Y'all should be proud. I won't give away who lit the cauldron except to say it was a good choice, and I hope the Canadians beat them this Olympics. Let the games begin...<BR>A.M.

Leslie Feb 8th, 2002 09:14 PM

The 1980 American Ice Hockey Team was given the tribute of lighting the Olympic torch. Actually, the torch lighter was Winthrop, Massachusetts native Michael Eruzione who scored the winning goal in 1980 that allowed the Americans to win the gold medal in ice hockey. If anyone noticed Mike Eruzione kissing his hand and looking toward the sky before igniting the Olympic torch it was in memory of his late mother.<BR><BR>This year the American womens ice hockey team is favored to win the gold medal.

XXX Feb 8th, 2002 09:24 PM

Everyone was asking folks not to give away who carried torch to its destination out of consideration for those on west coast, then someone writes a big piece about it-- a little oppositional behavior, perhaps?

jim Feb 8th, 2002 09:29 PM

anyone note Jim McKay. Is he sick? On cough medicine or worse?<BR>Sounded like he should have stayed in bed.

lisa Feb 8th, 2002 09:29 PM

Not to worry. I'm still enjoying watching, even if I know who'll light the torch. It's nice to see so many people smiling! If we're going to blame anyone, let's stick with NBC and its policy of delayed broadcasting!

Dayle Feb 8th, 2002 09:37 PM

glad to hear most of you enjoyed the ceremonies. I thought they were really done just right. Recognition of the important events and people, great music, & I especially thought they did a great job of portraying the theme throughout! LOVED the costumes & giant puppets! <BR><BR>We had a pretty nasty day here in Park City with lots of high wind. But we had snow too & it's still snowing so that's a good thing for us.<BR><BR>Off to the Cross Country events at Soldier Hollow EARLY tomorrow morning.<BR>I'm excited, my first Olympic event. I've been waiting years for this...

Sue Feb 8th, 2002 09:39 PM

The ceremonies were magnificent; it must be a real thrill to be in SLC at this time!!

nospam Feb 8th, 2002 09:52 PM

I see that fodors didn't stop working to watch the Olympics. Killed the towels and toilet paper thread.<BR><BR>Figures.<BR><BR>No loss, actually.<BR>

Leslie Feb 8th, 2002 09:54 PM

If I made a mistake, I apologize, but nowhere did I see someone saying not to say who lit the Olympic flame. I only saw the question asking who actually did do it, which is why I answered.

Lisa Feb 8th, 2002 10:01 PM

Like I said, not to worry. I did ask and your answer didn't spoil my fun. Just watched the Native American dance. It's 10 PM PST, and we're barely into the program!

cd Feb 8th, 2002 10:04 PM

Leslie<BR>It was just the post right before yours that mentioned he would not give away who lit the cauldron. You posted within 2 min of each other. I'm sure you had not read his. Anyway, I enjoyed reading about Mike Eruzione memorial tribute to his Mother. I did not see him do that, I find it very touching.

Leslie Feb 8th, 2002 10:46 PM

The Boston NBC affiliate interviewed Mike Eruzione's family at midnight EST. Eruzione's brother said that the family had received a telephone call at 8pm EST from Mike asking them to gather in front of the TV to watch the opening ceremonies. Mike's brother mentioned the reason why Mike kissed his hand and gazed toward the sky before lighting the Olympic flame. Also, both of Mike's sons were interviewed -- they were both very proud and excited -- both sons were born in the 1990s and have only heard stories about America's 1980 Dream Team.

Shadow Feb 8th, 2002 11:59 PM

I thought the Opening Ceremonies were great! I was watching very closely because I will be at the Closing Ceremonies! And, going to the Women's final Ice Skating, 4-man bobsleigh, Women's Giant Slalom, and Ski Jumping!<BR>This is my big "event" this year. We leave in one week.<BR>I hope the Closing Ceremonies are just as exciting!<BR>Shadow

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