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View Poll Results: What has been the Olympic opening ceremony's most beautiful story
Barcelona 1992 20 16.67%
Sydney 2000 20 16.67%
Athens 2004 43 35.83%
Beijing 2008 37 30.83%
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Old October 16th, 2005, 01:46 PM   #141
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Athens 1896 and 2004 ,because OLYMPICS FAR FROM HOME ARE LIKE CYBER SEX. IT MAY BE GOOD, BUT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE REAL THING.
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Old October 16th, 2005, 01:47 PM   #142
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Old October 16th, 2005, 01:52 PM   #143
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Rome 1960
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Old October 16th, 2005, 02:11 PM   #144
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Athens.. was the first time an Olympics was held in a third world country.
duh? are you kidding?
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Old October 16th, 2005, 02:14 PM   #145
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Athens deserves a special mention as it was the first time an Olympics was held in a third world country.
No it wasnt. Greece invented the Olympics and they were held there for a thousand years...
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Old October 16th, 2005, 02:25 PM   #146
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Athens 2004 for me. A world torch lay and a gantastic opening in the extras.
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Old October 16th, 2005, 03:00 PM   #147
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Barcelona ´92
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Old October 16th, 2005, 03:40 PM   #148
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Maybe, Berlin 1936 directed by Hitler was marvelleous.
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Old October 16th, 2005, 03:42 PM   #149
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I liked Athens 2004 the most.

This thread seems to be going well. Hopefully it wont turn into a flamme war.
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Old October 16th, 2005, 03:45 PM   #150
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I have to agree slightly with the thread starter. Sydney 2000 was the best i saw and Athens has to be the worst. The venues were both very nice and the Greeks did well in the end to be almost fully prepared. The fans seemed a lot more passionate in Sydney than the ones in Athens. I think it might be a cultural thing, without disrespecting the Greeks enthusiasm. They probably showed it in a less vocal way. I can't wait for London 2012 because i think Australians and the British are quite similar at major sporting events. I believe we might even improve on the effort of sydney 2000. I've only really been able to see the olympics since atlanta 1996 as im too young for the ones before. Therefore i can't comment on any of the others. Atlanta was the games i first got excited about the olympics and athletics.
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Old October 16th, 2005, 03:51 PM   #151
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Yes, I saw the 1936 Berlin Olympics from the documentary films. There were a sea of Nazi flags in the stadium, so gorgeous scene!

The most dramatic scene was Jesse Owens got 4 golds in Track & Field. Hitler refused to shake hand with him.
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U got excited from Atlanta, the worst games in history????That says a lot why u think Sydney the best and Athens the worst.
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Old October 16th, 2005, 03:53 PM   #153
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I liked it when Jesse Owens beat Hitler's Zeppelin. No wait that was an episode of the Simpsons. Sydney for me was the best.
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Old October 16th, 2005, 03:53 PM   #154
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Old October 16th, 2005, 03:54 PM   #155
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U got excited from Atlanta, the worst games in history????That says a lot why u think Sydney the best and Athens the worst.

Here we go again...............................

Let the guy believe what he wants. He has his own opinion. We think Athens was the best and he thinks it was the worse. That is fine he can think what he wants.
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Dang. We posted at the same time.
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Old October 16th, 2005, 04:45 PM   #157
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Moscow 1980 was da best!!!!
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Old October 16th, 2005, 04:50 PM   #158
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Old October 16th, 2005, 06:52 PM   #159
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Just you watch, someone is going to accuse Landos of starting this thread and instigating a flame war. Probably one of my Greek compatriots who are scared to death of showing a proud face to the world. LOL.

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Old October 16th, 2005, 07:03 PM   #160
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I don't know about the "best", but Athens 2004 was desperately needed after the Americans nearly destroyed the modern Olympics with their rampant commercialism and the Soviets with the professionalism of their athletes. Athens breathed new life into an Olympic spirit gone sour.

"Dream Teams" composed of idiotic, spoiled, professional US basketball players hotdogging, putting on slam-dunking clinics and beating amateur teams by 50 points. Soviet "professional" hockey teams beating college players without effort. East German women swimmers who shaved their chests prior to enterring the pools. That stuff was finally put to bed in Athens. Drug tests that were actually MEANINGFUL and seriously conducted, weeding out the hypodermic cheats.

The Olympics desperately needed a return to ground in Athens. Those that deprecate the Greek games strictly on the basis of some misguided, colloquial nationalism are doing a great disservice to the Olympic spirit.

What was the "best" Olympic Games? That depends on your cultural background, naturally. Germans like the Berlin and Munich games. Americans favor Los Angeles and Atlanta and Russians prefer the Moscow Games. But nobody should question the impact on the Olympic spirit by bringing the games back to Greece. It was desperately needed. The Games will last another century on the recharge they obtained in Athens. No question in my mind.
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