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Maggie Hendricks

Opening Ceremony Theater: Seoul, 1988

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After watching the clips of pretty much every opening ceremonies that have been captured on film, I do have a favorite. It's Seoul in 1988. These ceremonies may seem quaint by today's over-produced standards, but they were beautiful in their simplicity. My favorite moment was when a group of skydivers joined mid-air to make the Olympic rings, right around the 3:30 mark. Even after watching this clip a dozen times, I still get the chills.

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