Opening Ceremony blunders

The pageantry, the spectacle, and the snafus of past Opening Ceremonies. Host nations spend millions of dollars and plan for years but something always seems to go awry. -- by Paul Martella

Olympics - Opening Ceremony

BEIJING - AUGUST 08: Fireworks explode over the National Stadium during the Opening Ceremony for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics on August 8, 2008 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Lin Miaoke

In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, Lin Miaoke, a nine-year-old Chinese girl who performed at the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics on the day before, returns to the Xizhongjie Primary School of Dongcheng District in Beijing on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2008. A 7-year-old Chinese girl's face was "not suitable" for the Olympics opening ceremony, so Lin lip-synched "Ode to the Motherland", the latest example of the lengths Beijing took for a perfect start to the Summer Games. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Zhou Liang)

Olympics - Opening Ceremony

BEIJING - AUGUST 08: Performers display umbrellas with children's faces during the Opening Ceremony for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics at the National Stadium on August 8, 2008 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Winter Olympics - Opening Ceremony

VANCOUVER, BC - FEBRUARY 12: The Olympic flame is lit during the Opening Ceremony of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics at BC Place on February 12, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

2002 Winter Olympics Open

400804 08: (NEWSWEEK, US NEWS, MACLEANS AND GERMANY OUT) (L-R) Dr. Jacques Rogge, President of the IOC, U.S. President George W. Bush and SLOC President Mitt Romney watch as U.S. athletes hold the flag from Ground Zero during the National Anthem at the Opening Ceremony of the Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games at the Rice-Eccles Olympic Stadium February 8, 2002 in Salt Lake City, UT. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

2002 Winter Olympics

400804 66: (NEWSWEEK, U.S. NEWS, MACLEANS & GERMANY OUT) U.S. President George W. Bush smiles with the U.S. team during the Opening Ceremony of the Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games at the Rice-Eccles Olympic Stadium February 8, 2002 in Salt Lake City, UT. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Cathy Freeman

15 Sep 2000: The Cauldron containing the Olympic Flame rises above Torch Bearer Cathy Freeman of Australia during the Opening Ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Homebush Bay, Sydney, Australia. \ Picture by Ben Elters. \ Mandatory Credit: Allsport AUS /Allsport

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