2010 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony
It’s just minutes until the Vancouver Olympics kick off. And with millions of viewers expected to watch the opening ceremonies, the pressure to generate both a celebration and a showcase for Canada is enormous.
Unfortunately, death marred the first day of the Winter Games as a member of the Georgian team died in a training accident just hours before the inauguration of this major international sporting event.
Nodar Kumaritashvili, 21, lost control of his sled and collided with an unpadded metal post while training at the Whistler Sliding Center. Paramedics immediately rushed to the scene and tried to resuscitate Kumaritashvili, but the athlete later died.
Canadians Nelly Furtado, Sarah McLachlan and Bryan Adams are some of the artists who might perform at tonight’s inauguration. According to reports, the above-named artists were spotted arriving at the dress rehearsal this week.
UPDATE: Over 60,000 people filled the stadium in Vancouver to witness the first ever Olympic opening or closing ceremony to be held indoors. The audience and athletes also paid their respect to Nodar Kumaritashvili.
Jacques Rogge, International Olympic Committee president, and the top Vancouver organizer, John Furlong, urged the athletes to compete in Kumaritashvili’s honor.
“May you carry his Olympic dream on your shoulders and compete with his spirit in your heart,” said Furlong.