“The 29th Olympics is now open!”, this is a joyous statement made by Chinese President Hu Jintao. This is remarkably the single most watched event of the year, China has well braved the preparations and now the spotlight is on her. Retired Chinese gymnastics champion Li Ning was carried through the air to light the Olympic cauldron, and pyrotechnics exploded throughout Beijing as the crowd of 91,000 at National Stadium cheered wildly. It is history in the making indeed.
The opening ceremony was marked by a spectacular program, a well-rehearsed light display and synchronized performances to showcase the richness of 5,000 years of Chinese history to the world. With the Chines LOVING the luckiness of the number 8, the festivities officially started 8PM on August 8, 2008.
IOC President Jacques Rogge spoke of China’s long-held ambition to host the Olympics. “Tonight, that dream comes true,” he said.
Rogge mentioned the Sichuan earthquake, saying the world was moved “by the great courage and solidarity of the Chinese people.”