In pics: Opening Ceremony, 2012 London Olympics

Sports | | July 28, 2012, 2:18 am
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Rings representing both the Olympics and the Industrial Revolution are lit and lifted. (Getty Images)

Rings representing both the Olympics and the Industrial Revolution are lit and lifted. (Getty Images)

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A performer in the role of Queen Elizabeth II parachutes out of a helicopter. (Getty Images)

A performer in the role of Queen Elizabeth II parachutes out of a helicopter. (Getty Images)

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Fireworks explode above the iconic Tower Bridge over the River Thames in central London. (AP Photo)

Fireworks explode above the iconic Tower Bridge over the River Thames in central London. (AP Photo)

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Fireworks draw to an end the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games. (Getty Images)

Fireworks draw to an end the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games. (Getty Images)

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A scene depicting the era of the Industrial Revolution during the Opening Ceremony. (Getty Images)

A scene depicting the era of the Industrial Revolution during the Opening Ceremony. (Getty Images)

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Drummers perform during the Opening Ceremony. (Getty Images)

Drummers perform during the Opening Ceremony. (Getty Images)

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Performers dance in a scene in tribute of The Great Ormond Street Hospital. (Getty Images)

Performers dance in a scene in tribute of The Great Ormond Street Hospital. (Getty Images)

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British singer Dizzee Rascal performs during the Opening Ceremony. (AP Photo)

British singer Dizzee Rascal performs during the Opening Ceremony. (AP Photo)

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Performers stand in the formation of a peace sign. (Getty Images)

Performers stand in the formation of a peace sign. (Getty Images)

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Britain's Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, attends the Opening Ceremony.

Britain's Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, attends the Opening Ceremony.

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Lauren Jackson of the Australia Olympic basketball team carries her country's flag. (Getty Images)

Lauren Jackson of the Australia Olympic basketball team carries her country's flag. (Getty Images)

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Canada's Simon Whitfield carries the flag during the Opening Ceremony. (AP Photo)

Canada's Simon Whitfield carries the flag during the Opening Ceremony. (AP Photo)

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China's Jianlian Yi carries the national flag. (AP Photo)

China's Jianlian Yi carries the national flag. (AP Photo)

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Alexandros Nikolaidis of the Greece Olympic taekwondo team carries his country's flag. (Getty Images)

Alexandros Nikolaidis of the Greece Olympic taekwondo team carries his country's flag. (Getty Images)

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India: Sushil Kumar carries the Indian flag at the Opening Ceremony of London Olympics 2012. (AP Photo)

India: Sushil Kumar carries the Indian flag at the Opening Ceremony of London Olympics 2012. (AP Photo)

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Chris Hoy of the Great Britain Olympic cycling team carries his country's flag. (Getty Images)

Chris Hoy of the Great Britain Olympic cycling team carries his country's flag. (Getty Images)

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IOC President Jacques Rogge (L) and LOCOG Chair Sebastian Coe look on during the Opening Ceremony. (Getty Images)

IOC President Jacques Rogge (L) and LOCOG Chair Sebastian Coe look on during the Opening Ceremony. (Getty Images)

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Torchbearer Sir Steve Redgrave hands the Olympic Flame over to seven young athletes during the Opening Ceremony. (Getty Images)

Torchbearer Sir Steve Redgrave hands the Olympic Flame over to seven young athletes during the Opening Ceremony. (Getty Images)

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A general view of the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympics 2012. (Getty Images)

A general view of the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympics 2012. (Getty Images)

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A giant figure stands out during the Opening Ceremony of London Olympics 2012. (AP Photo)

A giant figure stands out during the Opening Ceremony of London Olympics 2012. (AP Photo)

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Actors scale chimneys during a performance at the Opening Ceremony. (AP Photo)

Actors scale chimneys during a performance at the Opening Ceremony. (AP Photo)

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Natascha Keller carries the Germany flag. (AP Photo)

Natascha Keller carries the Germany flag. (AP Photo)

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The spectators watch a performance during the Opening Ceremony. (AP Photo)

The spectators watch a performance during the Opening Ceremony. (AP Photo)

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, center, Britain's Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, right, and IOC President Jacques Rogge, left, attend the Opening Ceremony. (AP Photo)

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, center, Britain's Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, right, and IOC President Jacques Rogge, left, attend the Opening Ceremony. (AP Photo)

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Performers gesture towards the Olympic rings. (AP Photo)

Performers gesture towards the Olympic rings. (AP Photo)

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Actors perform during the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympics 2012. (AP Photo)

Actors perform during the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympics 2012. (AP Photo)

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Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins waves to the crowd after ringing a giant bell during the Opening Ceremony. (Getty Images)

Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins waves to the crowd after ringing a giant bell during the Opening Ceremony. (Getty Images)

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Maria Sharapova of Russia carries her country's flag during the Opening Ceremony. (Getty Images)

Maria Sharapova of Russia carries her country's flag during the Opening Ceremony. (Getty Images)

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A young athlete who is joined by six others representing Britain's hopes for the next Olympics carries the Olympic torch during the Opening Ceremony. (Getty Images)

A young athlete who is joined by six others representing Britain's hopes for the next Olympics carries the Olympic torch during the Opening Ceremony. (Getty Images)

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The Olympic flame burns in Cauldron during the Opening Ceremony. (Getty Images)

The Olympic flame burns in Cauldron during the Opening Ceremony. (Getty Images)

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The Olympic Cauldron is lit during the Opening Ceremony of the London Games. (Getty Images)

The Olympic Cauldron is lit during the Opening Ceremony of the London Games. (Getty Images)

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Paul McCartney performs during the Opening Ceremony. (Getty Images)

Paul McCartney performs during the Opening Ceremony. (Getty Images)