8/8/08: The Olympics begin

After seven years of waiting, countless controversies and approximately $5 billion in costs, the 2008 Olympics finally kicked off this hour in Beijing with a resplendent Opening Ceremony at Beijing National Stadium in China's capital city. The artistic program will finish soon, with the parade of nations to follow. Early reports are that the Ceremony has been stunning.

Fourth-Place Medal will live blog the NBC broadcast of the Ceremony tonight beginning at 7:28.

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