Olympic Opening Ceremonies

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

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)
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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 perform during the opening ceremonies for the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Friday, Aug. 8, 2008. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
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Dancers perform during the opening ceremonies for the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Friday, Aug. 8, 2008. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
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)
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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)
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)
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 explode over the National Stadium during the opening ceremony for the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Friday, Aug. 8, 2008. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
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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)
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)
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)
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)
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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)
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)
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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)
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)
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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)
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)
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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)
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)
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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 - 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)
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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)
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)
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)
The Olympic flame is brought from the Berlin stadium to Gruenau, Aug. 1, 1936. (AP Photo)
Olympic flame
The Olympic flame is brought from the Berlin stadium to Gruenau, Aug. 1, 1936. (AP Photo)

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