After watching the Opening Ceremonies of the 2012 Olympics in London, I am excited about the games. There is something special about the Olympics. I was a teenager in 1984 when the Olympics were held in Los Angeles, and we all very excited to be part of the pageantry. I attended several events that year and still hold the memories among the most special experiences of my life (My dad had the experience twice as he also attended the 1932 games in LA).
I did not love the London opening show.... but my opinion is just that -- an opinion. Art is subjective. It was clearly well thought out, and flawlessly executed. Choreographer Danny Boyle is to be complemented for his production.
Maybe I allowed the Chinese Olympiad of four years ago to set the bar too high for what I want from a worldwide televised spectacle. That one was a visual WOW to watch on TV. Last night was not the same vibe.
If all you did was follow the opening ceremonies on Twitter you would have had the impression that the show was great or awful. The comments were fun to watch as differing opinions floated past quickly.
I was a little critical in some tweets.... which caused one Brit to reply that it was not expected for American's to understand the imagery (ouch). Another person told me I was being cynical. Maybe I was, but I think I understood the whole thing! And I loved the Queen for filming the James Bond skydiving entry... as that made me laugh out loud. Her Majesty is clearly a good sport. Oh... and who doesn't love Mr. Bean?
But it does not matter what I thought. The show rocked (and I imagine being present in the stadium must have been amazing!!). I like how they incorporated many wonderful British celebrities, sports heroes, and history. As Americans we are tightly joined to Great Britain.
I woke this morning feeling good. Who doesn't feel good when they think of the Olympics?
In the end, the Queen opened the games of the 30th Olympiad and the world is joined for two weeks in the spirit of sport.
Have A Great Day