Following a frenetic video journey down the River Thames and a ringing of a symbolic bell by Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins, the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympics got underway on Friday night.
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Director Danny Boyle opened the Ceremony with an underwater shot of the British river that included a plaque with a quote from William Shakespeare's "The Tempest." The taped video progressed over the next two minutes accelerating quickly past dozens of scenes of the British countryside, finally concluding at the city's new stadium.
Wiggins stood on a podium and rang a bell -- similar in design to one rung after World War II ended -- to start the Ceremony. The stadium announcer said, in a booming British accent, "Welcome to London and the Games of the XXX Olympiad."
With that, the seven-year journey from idea to planning to bid to the Opening Ceremony concluded. And now the fun begins.
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