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How the Olympic Opening Ceremonies Work


Author's Note
Jessika Toothman, Staff Writer
Jessika Toothman, Staff Writer
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The opening ceremonies are one of my favorite parts of the Olympic Games. I love the fanfare and the commentary. (Also, occasionally, making fun of said commentary.) It's so cool to hear previews about the different athletes and tidbits about their backstories. It's interesting to see the artistic program and learn what a nation finds most worthy and intriguing to share about itself.

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