The night for which over 10,000 athletes and billions of fans around the world are waiting for is here. The Olympic Games, world’s biggest sporting extravaganza, gets underway in the historic city of London.
The Opening Ceremony is the mastermind of Danny Boyle, the Oscar-winning director best known for hit movies 'Trainspotting' and 'Slumdog Millionaire'. The event depicts Great Britain’s past, present and future. A billion people across the globe are expected to watch the $42.4m show, featuring 10,000 adult volunteers and 900 children.
A small segment will feature Daniel Craig, the lead character of the famous Bond series movies. Queen Elizabeth II will be received at the entrance of the stadium by IOC president Jacques Rogge. Then an 'SOS segment', featuring NHS nurses, Mary Poppins and footage from Chariots of Fire.
Then the athletes will make their way into the stadium. Greece’s contingent will be the first to enter, followed by the other nations in the alphabetical order, ending with Great Britain. It will be followed by the speeches from IOC president Rogge and officials from the Games’ Organizing Committee.
The oath-taking ceremony will be followed by entry of the Olympic torch which will enter the stadium after its 70-day, 8,000-mile journey around Britain. Then finally the much-kept secret of who will light the Olympic cauldron will be disclosed.