- Wikimedia Commons
- Was this London Olympic countdown clock even working?
Is it over yet?
I’ve always been sort of immune to the pageantry of the Olympics opening ceremony. Yes, there have been memorable exceptions—Muhammad Ali lighting the Olympic Flame in Atlanta, the lighting by flaming arrow in Barcelona—but generally they take ritual to excess.
Declaring the Games open is one thing. I prefer when the actual competition begins and the Games begin to write their own story.