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Was there actually a curse upon the 2012 Olympic flag-bearers?

Mariel Zagunis can take grim solace in an apparent trend — flag-bearers for a number of countries have had disappointing showings so far.

One actor in the Opening Ceremonies installed a hidden camera in his costume to give the audience a look at what it was like to be in the show.

Gallery: Click on the above image to see highlights from Friday’s Opening Ceremonies. Even before the games began in London, NBC was under fire for its pre-packaged, tape-delayed prime time presentation. And now the network’s editorial decisions during the Opening Ceremonies — largely viewed as a success when they aired Friday night — are up […]

Amid criticism over its decision not to air a tribute to victims of London terrorist attacks during the Opening Ceremonies, NBC says it tailed its programming for the U.S. audience.

Back in London in real time: The young athletes light a ring of torches in the middle of the stadium. The circle of torches grows to include dozens, and the dozens of torches rise as bells toll, forming a great flame of unity — a symbol of all of the nations coming together — in […]

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  • Jul 27, 2012
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Back in London in real time: Redgrave runs with the torch into the stadium. He runs through an Honor Guard and stands for a moment, addressing the crowd, before passing the flame to seven young British athletes led by rower Cameron MacRitchie. The athletes represent the youth worldwide the organizing committee has sought to inspire […]

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  • Jul 27, 2012
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British rowing great Stephen Redgrave, who won medals at five straight Olympic Games, receives the torch on a dock beside the Thames moments before the Olympic oath is taken. Who will light the cauldron — and where it is located — remain a mystery.

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  • Jul 27, 2012
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Queen Elizabeth II formally kicks off the Olympics, saying, “I declare open the Games of London celebrating the 30th Olympiad of the modern era.” The Olympic flag — white with the Olympic rings in the center — is now carried in, and fans across the stadium hold up placards that make the Olympic flag seem […]

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  • Jul 27, 2012
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Sebastian Coe, chair of the London 2012 Organizing Committee, pays tribute to the fans and athletes in a speech that marks the official opening of the Games. As the crowd listens in a quieted stadium, Coe says: “In the next two weeks we will show all that has made London one of the greatest cities […]

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  • Jul 27, 2012
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