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2012 Olympics: Opening Ceremonies

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A look at the eye-popping opening ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

  • Fireworks illuminate the stadium after the lighting of the Olympic flame at the 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremonies in London on Friday.

    Frank Gunn / The Canadian Press

    Fireworks illuminate the stadium after the lighting of the Olympic flame at the 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremonies in London on Friday.

  • Seven young athletes hold their torches as they light the Olympic flame during the opening ceremony for the 2012 Olympic Games in London on Friday.

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    Seven young athletes hold their torches as they light the Olympic flame during the opening ceremony for the 2012 Olympic Games in London on Friday.

  • Triathlete Simon Whitfield carries the flag for Team Canada as they enter the stadium during the opening ceremonies for the 2012 Olympic Games in London on Friday.

    Sean Kilpatrick / The Canadian Press

    Triathlete Simon Whitfield carries the flag for Team Canada as they enter the stadium during the opening ceremonies for the 2012 Olympic Games in London on Friday.

  • Duran Duran perform at the Olympic Opening Ceremony Celebration Concert in Hyde Park, London, Friday, July 27, 2012. The concert is part of a series of events being organized by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic Games.

    James McCauley / The Associated Press

    Duran Duran perform at the Olympic Opening Ceremony Celebration Concert in Hyde Park, London, Friday, July 27, 2012. The concert is part of a series of events being organized by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic Games.

  • Michael Burn of Watford England smiles outside the Olympic Park at the Westfield mall ahead of the 2012 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony, Friday, July 27, 2012, in London.

    Matt Rourke / The Associated Press

    Michael Burn of Watford England smiles outside the Olympic Park at the Westfield mall ahead of the 2012 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony, Friday, July 27, 2012, in London.

  • Spectators play with giant smiley face beach balls during the pre-show for the Olympic Games Opening ceremonies in London on Friday July 27, 2012.

    Frank Gunn

    Spectators play with giant smiley face beach balls during the pre-show for the Olympic Games Opening ceremonies in London on Friday July 27, 2012.

  • The Red Arrows aerobatic team flies over the Olympic Stadium ahead of the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics, Friday, July 27, 2012, in London.

    Ben Curtis / The Associated Press

    The Red Arrows aerobatic team flies over the Olympic Stadium ahead of the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics, Friday, July 27, 2012, in London.

  • Sheeting is extended across the audience during the Opening Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Friday, July 27, 2012, in London.

    Lee Jin-man / The Associated Press

    Sheeting is extended across the audience during the Opening Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Friday, July 27, 2012, in London.

  • British cyclist Bradley Wiggins rings the Olympic Bell during the Opening Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Friday, July 27, 2012, in London.

    Jae C. Hong / The Associated Press

    British cyclist Bradley Wiggins rings the Olympic Bell during the Opening Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Friday, July 27, 2012, in London.

  • Performers make a circle during the Opening Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Friday, July 27, 2012, in London.

    Charlie Riedel / The Associated Press

    Performers make a circle during the Opening Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Friday, July 27, 2012, in London.

  • A pastoral farm scene is enacted during the pre-show for the Olympic Games Opening ceremonies in London on Friday July 27, 2012.

    Frank Gunn / THE CANADIAN PRESS

    A pastoral farm scene is enacted during the pre-show for the Olympic Games Opening ceremonies in London on Friday July 27, 2012.

  • The Olympic rings are illuminated with pyrotechnics as they are raised above the stadium during the Opening Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Friday, July 27, 2012, in London.

    Jae C. Hong / The Associated Press

    The Olympic rings are illuminated with pyrotechnics as they are raised above the stadium during the Opening Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Friday, July 27, 2012, in London.

  • Performers gather during the Opening Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Friday, July 27, 2012, in London.

    David J. Phillip / The Associated Press

    Performers gather during the Opening Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Friday, July 27, 2012, in London.

  • The opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games is held at the Olympic Stadium in London England, July 27, 2012.

    Tyler Anderson / Postmedia News

    The opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games is held at the Olympic Stadium in London England, July 27, 2012.

  • A performer scales a representation of a smoke stack during the Opening Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Friday, July 27, 2012, in London.

    Charlie Riedel / The Associated Press

    A performer scales a representation of a smoke stack during the Opening Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Friday, July 27, 2012, in London.

  • Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, centre, the President of the International Olympic Committee Jacques Rogge, left, and Britain's Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, right, watch the Opening Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Friday, July 27, 2012, in London.

    Matt Dunham / The Associated Press

    Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, centre, the President of the International Olympic Committee Jacques Rogge, left, and Britain's Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, right, watch the Opening Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Friday, July 27, 2012, in London.

  • Actors and dancers play Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital staff and patients  during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games is held at the Olympic Stadium in London England, July 27, 2012.

    Tyler Anderson / Postmedia News

    Actors and dancers play Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital staff and patients during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games is held at the Olympic Stadium in London England, July 27, 2012.

  • Performers pay tribute to the Beatles Sgt Pepper album during the opening ceremonies for the 2012 Summer Olympics Friday, July 27, 2012 in London.

    Sean Kilpatrick / THE CANADIAN PRESS

    Performers pay tribute to the Beatles Sgt Pepper album during the opening ceremonies for the 2012 Summer Olympics Friday, July 27, 2012 in London.

  • Actor Rowan Atkinson performs during the Opening Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Friday, July 27, 2012, in London.

    Matt Dunham / The Associated Press

    Actor Rowan Atkinson performs during the Opening Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Friday, July 27, 2012, in London.

  • Simon Whitfield of Canada marches during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games is held at the Olympic Stadium in London England, July 27, 2012.

    Tyler Anderson / Postmedia News

    Simon Whitfield of Canada marches during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games is held at the Olympic Stadium in London England, July 27, 2012.

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