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Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony

Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony

  • Premiered: 
    February 18, 1960
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  • Network: CBS
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Parade
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Opening ceremony for the Winter Olympics 
  • Subject Matter: Sports
  • Tags: Olympics

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Plot Synopsis

Each Winter Olympics officially begins with the Opening Ceremony of the Games of the Olympiad, and although it bore only the slightest resemblance to today's ceremonies, the first Olympics in 1896 in Athens featured an Opening Ceremony. By the 1920 Summer Games in Antwerp, most of the protocol of the Opening Ceremony had been established, but it wasn't until the 1980 Summer Olympics that the artistic program became such an integral part of the pomp and circumstance, when Moscow spared no expense, starting the current mega-ceremony trend. Each ceremony includes the following elements:
- the entry by the Head of State of the host country;
- the national anthem of the host country;
- the entry of the athletes into the stadium with their delegations (in alphabetical order,
except for Greece which goes first, and the host country which brings up the rear);
- the symbolic release of doves (a symbol of peace);
- the address by the Games Organizing Committee President;
- the speech by the IOC President;
- the declaration of the opening of the Games by the Head of State of the host country;
- the entry of the Olympic flag into the stadium;
- the Olympic anthem;
- the oath sworn by an athlete, an official from the host country and a coach (respect for the rules);
- the entrance of the flame and lighting of the cauldron (reference to the ancient Games);
- the artistic program.
The Opening Ceremony for the Winter Olympiad was first televised in the United States in 1960, when CBS broadcast the event on tape from Squaw Valley, showing a 30-minute special at 7:30pm ET/PT, featuring Vice President Richard M. Nixon welcoming more than 1,000 athletes from 34 nations. At the next Winter Olympics in Innsbruck in 1964, ABC aired a one-hour taped event at 10pm ET/PT, featuring the opening ceremony as well as a preview of the Games.
The 2018 Opening Ceremony, held at Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium in the town of Hoenggye, was titled "Peace in Motion." The ceremony followed the adventures of five imaginary children from Gangwon -- Haenaroe, Ara, Puri, Bichae and Nuri -- who traveled through time to the past and future to learn about South Korea's history, culture and dreams. Their journey ended in present day, as four singers belted out John Lennon's "Imagine," accompanying videos of 27 street musicians from around the world. The Rainbow Choir, comprised of 75 children from multicultural families, sang South Korea's national anthem. North and South Korea were last to enter the stadium, marching together behind a unification flag, while a handful of athletes from Russia earlier entered behind a neutral Olympic flag. Erin Hamlin, the first U.S. athlete to win an Olympic medal in singles luge, was Team USA's flag bearer. South Korean opera singer Sumi Hwang sang the Olympic anthem, and South Korean figure skating gold medalist Yuna Kim ignited the Olympic cauldron. NBC aired the opening ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Games on Friday, February 9, 2018 from 8-11pm ET/5-8pm PT. NBC also live streamed the event at 6am ET/3am PT.