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Maggie Hendricks

Opening Ceremony Theater: Los Angeles, 1984

The Olympic Opening Ceremonies are a mash-up of pride, tradition and absolute ridiculousness. The games in Beijing promise to take this to a whole new level, as no one does nationalism and ridiculousness better than China. In 1984, the Los Angeles ceremony was started by a guy with a jetpack (and why don't I have a jetpack, 24 years later?), and ended with Rafer Johnson lighting up the rings and the cauldron. National pride? Check. Ridiculousness? Check. Top that, Beijing!

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