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2012-05-12 23:01:25

With only 78 days until the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Olympic flame was lit at Olympia during a ceremony organised by the Hellenic Olympic Committee (HOC). The lighting symbolically marks the beginning of the Torch Relay that will bring the flame to the Olympic Stadium in London on 27 July. (PRWEB) May 12, 2012 With only 78 days until the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Olympic flame was lit at Olympia during a ceremony organised by the...

2008-08-17 18:00:29

By Paul Farhi The Washington Post The first scandal of the Beijing Olympics is in, and the loser, apparently, is China. As the assembled global media reported this week, Chinese officials last week quietly made a little switch at the opening ceremonies, replacing a 7-year-old singer with a child deemed more attractive, who passed off the first girl's recording as her own on TV. Which raises a question: Lip-syncing is an international scandal? One answer: Under the circumstances, maybe...

2008-08-17 12:00:24

By DAVID BARBOZA By David Barboza The New York Times BEIJING A 26-year-old Chinese dancer was seriously injured during a rehearsal for the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games 12 days before the show and is now facing the prospect of being paralyzed for the rest of her life. The performer, Liu Yan, considered one of the country's top classical Chinese dancers, was preparing the performance of a lifetime, dancing the only solo piece in a four-hour spectacular that was expected to be...

2008-08-14 00:00:15

By Cara Anna BEIJING - One little girl had the looks. The other had the voice. So in a last-minute move demanded by one of China's highest officials, the two were put together for the Olympic opening ceremony, with one lip-synching "Ode to the Motherland" over the other's singing. The real singer, 7-year-old Yang Peiyi, with her chubby face and crooked baby teeth, wasn't good-looking enough for the ceremony, its chief music director told state-owned Beijing Radio. So the pigtailed Lin...

2008-08-13 18:00:16

By Jim Yardley Huang Yuanxi contributed research. * Pigtailed and smiling, Lin Miaoke, age 9, stood in a red dress and white shoes during the Olympic opening ceremony last Friday and performed "Ode to the Motherland" in what would become one of the evening's most indelible images: a lone child, fireworks blazing overhead, singing a patriotic ballad before an estimated one billion viewers. Except that she was not really singing. Her proud father, who learned of her singing role only...

2008-08-11 09:01:11

Beijing Olympic opening ceremony most solemn: Vietnamese media HANOI, Aug. 9 (Xinhua) -- The opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games full of unique arts performances exhibiting most striking the traits of China's 5,000-year-old culture and development could be the most solemn in the Olympic history, major Vietnamese newspapers said on Saturday. "Perhaps, in the Olympic history, people in the world have never before witnessed such a solemn, modern, unique and attractive opening...

2006-04-16 01:23:49

By Nick Mulvenney BEIJING (Reuters) - Internationally acclaimed Chinese film maker Zhang Yimou will direct the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, organizers announced on Sunday. Multi-Oscar winning Hollywood director Steven Spielberg, who was also present at Sunday's announcement in Beijing, will be part of Zhang's team as an artistic adviser. A member of China's "Fifth generation" of directors, Zhang is best known in the west for his 1991 film "Raise...

2005-08-29 05:28:28

BEIJING (Reuters) - Beijing's Olympic organizers are plowing through nearly 400 plans for the 2008 Games' opening and closing ceremonies and will announce their top pick next month, state media said on Monday. Since launching a global search for ceremony schemes in March, the 2008 organizing committee had received 395, only 10 of which came from outside China, Xinhua news agency said without naming any names. Xinhua reported in July that Chinese film directors Zhang Yimou and Chen...


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