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5 Memorable Moments from Olympic Opening Ceremonies

5 Memorable Moments from Olympic Opening Ceremonies

But don't discount the opening ceremony itself as a chance for some memorable Olympic moments: Past ceremonies have been known to include their own little quirks, disasters, and political flaps. The Olympic Torch Roasts Some DovesThe 1988 Seoul Olympics opening ceremonies started out smoothly, with South Korea's President Roh Tae Woo officially opening the Games, the raising of the Olympic flag, and the playing of the Olympic hymn. Things got less picturesque, though, when the final members of the relay team ascended the torch cauldron by riding an elevating platform. Some countries competed without taking part in the Opening Parade, while 16 countries paraded under the Olympic flag instead of their respective countries'. (Their logic was that the Olympic flag was a symbol of peace.)

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