Olympic Opening Ceremonies

Take a look back at the top previous Olympic  opening ceremonies. -- By Lauren Jones

performers

Performers dance around a raised sphere during the opening ceremony for the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Friday, Aug. 8, 2008. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

dancers

Dancers perform during the opening ceremonies for the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Friday, Aug. 8, 2008. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

reassemble

Performers reassemble the national stadium, also known as "Bird's Nest" as they fill the floor of the National Stadium during the opening ceremonies for the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Friday, Aug. 8, 2008. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)

Kobe

USA athlete Kobe Bryant walks through the National Stadium during the opening ceremony for the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Friday, Aug. 8, 2008. (AP Photo/David Phillip)

Police officers

Police officers stand guard as fireworks explodes during the opening ceremony in the National Stadium at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Friday, Aug. 8, 2008. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

fireworks

Fireworks explode over the National Stadium during the opening ceremony for the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Friday, Aug. 8, 2008. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Olympic flag

The Olympic flag is carried through National Stadium during the opening ceremonies for the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Friday, Aug. 8, 2008. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)

German athlete

German athletes cheer as they walk through the National Stadium during the opening ceremony for the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Friday, Aug. 8, 2008. (AP Photo/David Phillip)

stadium

Performers at the National Stadium gather to assemble a white pigeon during the opening ceremonies for the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Friday, Aug. 8, 2008. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)

national

Fireworks over the National Stadium are reflected in a pool during the opening ceremony for the 2008 Beijing Olympics in Beijing, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2008. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Fireworks burst

Fireworks burst over an ancient gate of Beijing near Tiananmen Square as part of the Opening Ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Friday, Aug. 8, 2008. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

protest

Frustrated Chinese Olympic fans march to protest that no public broadcasting of the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympics is allowed at a park in Shanghai, ChibaFriday, Aug. 8, 2008. Live broadcasting of the opening ceremony was not shown at the beginning of the event at the public place big screen and sngly fans march around. Some minutes later broadcasting was shown at the public places. (AP Photo)

Performers

Performers circle the burning Olympic cauldron at the opening ceremonies for the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, Friday, Feb. 12, 2010. (AP Photo/Jonathan Hayward, CP)

Canadian flag

The Canadian flag is raise by an RCMP honour guard at the opening ceremonies for the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, Friday, Feb. 12, 2009. (AP Photo/Nathan Denette, CP)

torch

Holding a symbolic Olympic torch, former Soviet gold medalist Olga Korbut, center left, displays her many medals as she celebrates with others the arrival of the official Olympic Flame in Moscow, July 18, 1980. Opening ceremonies for the XXII Summer Olympics are scheduled for tomorrow. (AP Photo)

University City Olympic

View of the University City Olympic Stadium at Mexico City, Mexico 1968 site of the Nineteenth Olympiad, or the XIX Olympiad summer games. The countries participating in the Olympics parade around the stadium at the opening ceremony. Athletes from 112 nations at the games which start October 12, 1968. (AP Photo)

file

FILE - This is a July 29, 1948 file photo of Ralph Craig, center, of Albany, N.Y., who won the 100- and 200-meter dashes in the 1912 Olympic games in Stockholm, and is a member of the U.S. Olympic Yachting team in the 1948 games, carrying the American flag in the parade of the nations at the opening of the Olympic games in London's Wembley Stadium. Athletes bought their own uniforms, and some their own food. They stayed in private homes, schools and military barracks. If eggs appeared on the training menu, it was a cause for celebration. When London hosted the Olympics in 1948, organizers did it on the cheap, and they made no apologies about it. (AP Photo/File)

wing commander

Britain's Wing Commander Donald Finlay, left on platform, takes the Olympic Oath on behalf of all the competitors at the opening ceremony of the XIV Olympiad, in Wembley Stadium, London, July 29, 1948. (AP Photo)

John Mark

British athlete John Mark lights the Olympic Flame from the Olympic Torch, during the opening ceremony of the XIV Olympiad, in Wembley Stadium, London, July 29, 1948. (AP Photo)

Olympic flame

The Olympic flame is brought from the Berlin stadium to Gruenau, Aug. 1, 1936. (AP Photo)