The Worst Ever Opening Ceremonies

The goal is to put on a show that wows the world and doesn't embarrass the host nation. But that doesn't always happen.

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Akilafan
Akilafan

Your information is very good. Everything revolves around the opening of a topic idea is to look boring. Meanwhile, others dress up pretend flowers, buds and fruits trees sufficient enough to make a hearty dinner salad, but confusing and blurred.!

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CharlieAdam15

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willstuart
willstuart

Is the thing about her "nailing the singing" a joke? Because it was really badly lipsynched, literally everything in the 1994 USA Football ceremony was a failure...

Margarita Hinksoni
Margarita Hinksoni

I can't recall which of the US Olympic games it was, but for me the very worst, and by far the most BORING Olympic Games opening ever was from the US with a lot of Mack Trucks driving all over the place.... so boooooring. 

O_Pinion
O_Pinion

Japanese thought Pearl Harbor was a great opening ceremony. Unfortunately for them the closing ceremony went off with an even bigger bang.

Kanadensare
Kanadensare

WTF, Vancouver's ceremony was AWESOME, I enjoyed it VERY much....  

Eliezer Pennywhistler
Eliezer Pennywhistler

This is how low Time Magazine has sunk - a dippy article about something that did not even happen?

Talendria
Talendria

This article is so catty.  Do you have any idea how much it costs a nation and its taxpayers to host a major event like the Olympics?  The correct response is "Thank you."

lihang
lihang

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lihang
lihang

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bzelbub
bzelbub

It was wonderful that the South Koreans, commemorated the start of the  of the Olympics by a traditional offering to to the Gods.

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Firozali A.Mulla
Firozali A.Mulla

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Firozali A.Mulla
Firozali A.Mulla

Why do we have to go to the past over the trifle matter . Why not just kill it here and forget it Is it worth going forward or going back 

music4media
music4media

It's utterly unfair to label the whole ceremony "worst" because of a short moment of glitch and blunder. As for Seoul in 1988, there were rumors about "doves" at that time, too. However, until this day, there has been no single evidence clearly proving such an unfortunate accident actually had happened. This low-resolution clip cannot tell. Thus, at least this part of the article is not based on the fact. 

remyr
remyr

Looking at the posts...I suppose, this year's Olympics will top it all...for a very long time.

SouthBaySteeler
SouthBaySteeler

Having been to Seoul several times, there is the aroma of BBQ in the air.  Now I know why.

Jackie André
Jackie André

As an expert on the issue (I watched the whole video! but u can skip to the end!) I do see birds getting fried. Ok not 200 and they are not crying for help, but still you do clearly see them. Lighten up guys ;)

sacha
sacha

vancouver's ceremony was amazing and it wowed the world. a small technical blunder makes it one of the top 5 worst ever? Time at the top of its game once again.

Nuray
Nuray

What happened to birds?

Silky Johnson
Silky Johnson

Maybe 1 or 2 birds burned.  One was in the flame and it flew out fine.   Time is propaganda for London 2012 which had truly the single worst moment ever in an Olympics.  That horrible interpretive dance about terrorism.

joey
joey

Lots of butthurt Azn's up in HUR.

music4media
music4media

To Mr. Levy,

I understand your intention and sense of humor between the lines. However, I strongly feel that your title is unfairly misleading your readers that the entire ceremony was labeled as the worst one because of the given short moment of flaw. Any big event like Olympic Games Opening Ceremony would hardly go without little glitch or blunder. As for the example of Seoul, I doubt whether you have watched the entire ceremony. While there could be plausible assumption that the incident might/could actually have happened, this low resolution video clip fails to prove it. I watched the whole show on live TV at that time. If you wrote this article  based on the low-quality youtube clip, please get yourself a video footage of the ceremony in its entirety and better quality. I only see doves flying away. It could be a bit deceiving because of angle. If there's a footage taken right above the cauldron, it would definitely show what actually happened. However, no such video was taken. Again, the footage fails to show that the 'unfortunate' accident actually happened. There was no remains of charred doves fallen down on the ground. I suggest that your article on Seoul is not based on fact. Otherwise, you should provide an undeniable evidence other than this clip you posted. Your remarks are unfair and insulting to those who gave their whole hearts and sweats to produce this 'once in a lifetime' event 24 years ago.

music4media
music4media

To Mr. Levy,

I understand your intention and sense of humor between the lines. However, I strongly feel that your title is unfairly misleading your readers that the entire ceremony was labeled as the worst one because of the given short moment of flaw. Any big event like Olympic Games Opening Ceremony would hardly go without little glitch or blunder. As for the example of Seoul, I doubt whether you have watched the entire ceremony. While there could be plausible assumption that the incident might/could actually have happened, this low resolution video clip fails to prove it. I watched the whole show on live TV at that time. If you wrote this article  based on the low-quality youtube clip, please get yourself a video footage of the ceremony in its entirety and better quality. I only see doves flying away. It could be a bit deceiving because of angle. If there's a footage taken right above the cauldron, it would definitely show what actually happened. However, no such video was taken. Again, the footage fails to show that the 'unfortunate' accident actually happened. There was no remains of charred doves fallen down on the ground. I suggest that your article on Seoul is not based on fact. Otherwise, you should provide an undeniable evidence other than this clip you posted. Your remarks are unfair and insulting to those who gave their whole hearts and sweats to produce this 'once in a lifetime' event 24 years ago.  

music4media
music4media

To Mr. Levy,

I understand your intention and sense of humor between the lines. However, I strongly feel that your title is unfairly misleading your readers that the entire ceremony was labeled as the worst one because of the given short moment of flaw. Any big event like Olympic Games Opening Ceremony would hardly go without little glitch or blunder. As for the example of Seoul, I doubt whether you have watched the entire ceremony. While there could be plausible assumption that the incident might/could actually have happened, this low resolution video clip fails to prove it. I watched the whole show on live TV at that time. If you wrote this article  based on the low-quality youtube clip, please get yourself a video footage of the ceremony in its entirety and better quality. I only see doves flying away. It could be a bit deceiving because of angle. If there's a footage taken right above the cauldron, it would definitely show what actually happened. However, no such video was taken. Again, the footage fails to show that the 'unfortunate' accident actually happened. There was no remains of charred doves fallen down on the ground. I suggest that your article on Seoul is not based on fact. Otherwise, you should provide an undeniable evidence other than this clip you posted. Your remarks are unfair and insulting to those who gave their whole hearts and sweats to produce this 'once in a lifetime' event 24 years ago.  

Baracula Omamba
Baracula Omamba

This is a terrible slander of a great nation. Your own video proves the lies of your absurd article. Where are the "host" of dead birds. I cry FOWL!!!

SUNHEELEE
SUNHEELEE

I can't find any dove burned down by this video. They all flew away from cauldron as soon as it was lit. If not, let me watch another video which capt it clearly.  

Brent Jung
Brent Jung

I was there in the stadium for opening ceremony and happened to see the moment to lit the cauldron but there was no dove burned down. They all flew away from cauldron as soon as it was lit.

Tokyo Letter
Tokyo Letter

fuck american fuck all usa fukkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk you

Guest
Guest

Those barbeque was the offering to God to clean the sin of the 'Olympic Torch Lighting'.Do you think God likes the Olympic Torch Lighting which was delivered from the Greek Hera Temple after the pagant ceremony for Apollo?God prepared the offering by himself for the innocent  Koreans.Olympic Torch Lighting is a very important sin to God!It was only started from the 1938 Nazis Olympics.Read more: http://olympics.time.com/2012/...

Guest
Guest

Not only Koreans but also almost every nation has offered traditinal offerings to some unknown gods in every olympics. To whom they offered?  We don't know...... perhaps...... to 'Apollo'......

And this is 'wrong'......

I heard that we can not see all the ceremony of the olympic torch lighting in Greece. What we can see in TV is only partial. The most important part of the ceremony to Apollo in Greece is "not opened" to the public.

So.. we.. all the nations are cheated by IOC.

Satan is diguising as "Apollo" and all the nations are cheated.

dermutt
dermutt

This years was by far the best ever, almost the only criticism has come from the USA, it was too sophisticated for some Americans who tend to pitch these things at the level of a Coca Cola advert, some dull chanteuse  and a bunch of kids singing "We Are The World"..

Michael Wakefield
Michael Wakefield

And it did allow for a humorous start to the closing ceremonies.

dermutt
dermutt

There was no interpretive dance about terrorism, the whole thing was too sophisticated for you wasn't it?  I expect you just about got the Mr Bean bit though...

Emily Gray
Emily Gray

The interprestive dance was about the 7/7 bombings on the tube and illustrated the stories of heartbreak between all the people involved...i guess not quite terrorism

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