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The Opening Ceremony at the Olympics is a special event because it gives a global audience an opportunity to experience the culture of the host country. Over the years, viewers have watched winter wonderlands and patriotic moments that will always be remembered.
In PyeongChang, South Korea on Friday night, look for the Opening Ceremony to feature elements of traditional Korean ritual and folk dances as well as the contemporary popularity of K-pop movement and music. It’s sure to be a spectacle audiences will never forget.
Here are a few other memorable moments from past Winter Olympics.
2002 Salt Lake City:
The Olympics took place only five short months after the September 11th attacks on the U.S., so some people watched with trepidation. The moving Opening Ceremony included an American flag that was found at the World Trade Center site.
Kenny Ortega directed and choreographed both the Opening and Closing Ceremony and the production went on to win seven Emmys. Dance favorites, Allison Holker, Britt Stewart and a baby Alexia Meyer performed at the Winter Games.
2014 Sochi, Russia:
The heritage of Russian ballet was on display at the Opening Ceremony in 2014. The production took the audience through Russian history through a series of performances, including an imperial ball that was inspired by Tolstoy’s War and Peace. Dancers Danila Korsuntsev, Ivan Vasiliev, and Svetlana Zakharova participated in this piece.
Once the games were officially declared open by President Vladimir Putin, a performance of Swan Lake commenced with world-renowned dancer Diana Vishneva performing.
2010 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada:
Oddly enough, Canada chose an Australian to direct and choreograph their Opening and Closing Ceremony. David Atkins also handled the Opening and Closing Ceremony for the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.
What makes this particular year so special is an aerial ballet performed by Thomas Saulgrain from L'École Nationale de Cirque. His breathtaking performance to Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides, Now” is unforgettable.
The Opening Ceremony will air live on Friday, Feb. 9 at 6 a.m. ET on NBCOlympics.com or the NBC Sports app. A taped version of the event will air later that evening, 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
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