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Olympics - Opening Ceremony

BEIJING - AUGUST 08: Gymnast Li Ning carries the Olympic Torch during the Opening Ceremony for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics at the National Stadium on August 8, 2008 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

Rewind - Beijing’s stunning Opening Ceremony

Featuring more than 15,000 performers, the ceremony lasted over four hours and was reported to have cost over $100 million to produce. The opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games was lauded by spectators and various international presses as spectacular and spellbinding and by many accounts "the greatest ever". The opening ceremony was noted for its focus on ancient Chinese culture, and for its creativity, as well as being the first to use weather modification technology to prevent rainfall.