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5 best opening ceremonies in Olympics history

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Modified 20 Dec 2019, 07:43 IST
Opening Ceremony
An image from the 2008 Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony

In the world of sports, there is no other spectacle bigger than the Olympics and it is rightly called the greatest show on earth and all of them start with an opening ceremonies, which include performances, social depiction, dances and what the host country represents. The Olympics, ever since they were held for the first time in 1896, have grown in every conceivable aspect, be it size, stature, popularity or number of participants.

Another that has become over the years is the grandeur of opening ceremonies and the advent of money, television and the chance to show the world what a country is made of has given a whole new dimension to it. Over the years, we have seen some amazng opening ceremonies, which been watched by millions around the world. As the 2016 Rio Olympics get underway, we take a look at the greatest opening ceremonies of all time.

#5 Moscow 1980

1980 Moscow Olympics
The 1980 Moscow Olympics saw its fair share of controversy

A large number of people would remember the 1980 Moscow Olympics due to them being boycotted by the United States of America but anyone who saw the opening ceremony is not likely to forget it in their life. Held at the Grand Arena of the Central Lenin Stadium in the Russian capital, this extravaganza was filled with several displays of Soviet traditions, dances and performances.

The crowd was an integral part of the ceremony and on several occasions, card stunts were used for portrayal of detailed designs, which earned a lot of praise from everyone. Not only this, the levels of artistry on display at this opening ceremony set a new benchmark that was emulated by several other countries in the years to come. We will also not forget the rendition of “Moscow Fanfare,” which was composed by A Golovin.

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