Opening Ceremonies Theater: Barcelona

The highlight of every Opening Ceremonies is the lighting of the Olympic cauldron with the torch carried from Athens. It always produces a huge cheer from the crowd, and gives me chills. For emotional heft nothing beats Muhammad Ali using every ounce of strength and control that he owned to light the cauldron in Atlanta, 1996. But for the award for sheer astonishment in lighting the cauldron clearly goes to Barcelona in 1992. The Spaniards lit an arrow, and shot it into the cauldron, where it immediately burst into a huge flame. Phew. It still gives me chills to watch it on Youtube.

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