Let The Games Begin

Olympics Opening Ceremonies have gotten more and more spectacular over the years as the host cities capture the spirit of the games.

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Kai Ozaki of Japan, attends a training session of the Freestyle Skiing Men's Moguls event, on February 11, 2010 at the Cypress Mountain venue in Vancouver, on the eve of the start of the Winter Olympics. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAU (Photo credit should read MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images)
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LONDON 2012: Fireworks light up the stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England.
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Ex-Beatle Sir Paul McCartney performed during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games on July 27, 2012.
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David Beckham passes under Tower Bridge driving a speedboat named 'Max Power' which carries the Olympic Torch with its torchbearer on July 27, 2012 in London, England. Athletes, heads of state and dignitaries from around the world gathered in the Olympic Stadium for the opening ceremony of the 30th Olympiad.
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Fireworks explode during the Opening Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics, in London. In Google's 12th annual roundup of global trending searches, "Olympics 2012" was ranked at seventh.
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VANCOUVER 2010: A snowboarder flies through the Olympic rings at the beginning of the opening ceremonies for the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, Friday, Feb. 12, 2010.
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Participants are seen during the opening ceremony for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday, Feb. 12, 2010.
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A torch bearer salutes the crowd during the opening ceremony for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia.
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A skier is seen during the opening ceremony for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday, Feb. 12, 2010.
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BEIJING 2008: On 8/8/08 more than 15,000 performers took part in Beijing's Opening Ceremony, which was rumored to cost more than $100 million. Many say the Opening Ceremony at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing was one of the greatest spectacles the world has ever seen.
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The ceremony was four hours long and featured a performance by traditional dancers.
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Performers with lights add to the grand spectacle as they make a formation.
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Fireworks explode during the opening ceremony held at the Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center.
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TORINO 2006: 35,000 people attended the Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony in Torino, Italy. For those that couldn't be there in person, an estimated 2 billion people watched on TV.
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The Olympic flame is seen as fireworks go off at the Olympic Stadium.
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ATHENS 2004: With 72,000 spectators and 15,000 athletes, the Athens Opening Ceremony had a huge audience. Greek culture infused every portion of the ceremony. Here a performer dressed as a Centaur glides across water beneath a Cycladic head.
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The entire arena was aglow during the Opening Ceremony of the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games.
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SALT LAKE CITY 2002: The motto of the Winter Olympics in 2002 was "Light The Fire Within." During the Opening Ceremony, skaters took to the ice in costumes that represented fire and ice.
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Fireworks surround the Olympic flame at the Opening Ceremony of the Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games.
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SYDNEY 2000: More than 12,000 performers took part in the Opening Ceremony of the Summer Olympic Games in Sydney. From aboriginal art to nature, the ceremony encompassed all aspects of Australian culture.
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ATLANTA 1996: The Opening Ceremony took place at Centennial Olympic Stadium, which can seat up to 85,000 people. During the ceremony children performed dressed in costumes representing the Olympic rings.
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A spectator waves an American flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia.
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An overview shows the fireworks display at the 1994 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony.
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LILLEHAMMER 1994: The Winter Olympics in 1994 marked the end of the Summer and Winter games happening during the same year. In this photo, children line up to form the shape of the Olympic rings during the Opening Ceremony.
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More than 1.2 million tickets were sold to the games at Lillehammer, Norway.
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ALBERTVILLE 1992: The Winter Games at Lillehammer were held just two years after the Winter Olympics in Albertville, France because of the separation of Winter and Summer games.
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BARCELONA 1992: The games in Barcelona marked South Africa's return to the games since 1960 when it was suspended for apartheid. The theme of the games that year was Friends Forever.
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Fireworks explode high above the Olympic Stadium for the Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain.
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SEOUL 1988: The motto of the Summer Olympics was Harmony and Progress and the theme song was "Hand in Hand." During the Opening Ceremony, doves were released
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A sea of Olympic flag bearers march during the opening ceremony of the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul.
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LOS ANGELES 1984: Los Angeles was the only city to bid for the 1984 Summer Olympic Games. Several countries in Eastern Europe boycotted the games in response to the US boycott of the 1980 games in Moscow.
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MOSCOW 1980: The United States boycotted the 1980 Olympics to protest the Soviet war in Afghanistan. 60 more countries joined in the boycott. Here gymnasts and dancers make a formation during the Opening Ceremony.
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Performers make a human tower during the opening ceremony of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.
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