It’s been 30 years since South Korea last hosted the Olympic Games. That’s given the host nation of the 2018 Winter Olympics plenty of time to dream up more than a few indelible moments for the Opening Ceremony in PyeongChang.
Will anything from this year’s introductory spectacle measure up to the most unforgettable theatrics from the 122-year history of the modern Olympic Games? Here’s a list of 10 showstoppers to keep in mind while watching the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics, which
This moment lands at the bottom of this list not because it wasn’t awesome to see the Soviets stack gymnasts and dancers into the Olympic rings and other flowery structures, but rather because few (if any) back in the United States actually saw this spectacle. America boycotted the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow, amid the heat of the Cold War with the Soviet Union.
Bjork was one of the headliners from the opening ceremonies at the 2004 Summer Games, despite hailing from Reykjavik, Iceland — a tidy 3,300-plus miles from Athens. That distance would’ve been no more than a stone’s throw on the map of the world projected onto the pop singer’s dress as she performed “Oceania,” a song she wrote specifically for the Olympics.
Typically, Sir Paul McCartney’s booking fee runs well into seven figures. For his native country, though, the former Beatles frontman made quite the exception.
McCartney closed out the Danny Boyle-directed Opening Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London with a rendition of “Hey Jude.” The price? A single British pound — or about $1.42 today.
Not a bad hometown discount for the Queen.
Rarely does the Parade of Nations leave a mark on the collective sporting conscience.
That is, unless Pita Taufatofua is involved. The then-32-year-old martial artist had social media buzzing as he carried Tonga’s flag while walking as any Brazilian beachgoer would:
He’ll be back representing his country of Brazil in PyeongChang — this time as a cross-country skier — though he won’t be leading the island nation’s delegation, let alone without clothing in frigid temperatures.
The Opening Ceremony of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles went out of its way to give the thousands of attendees at the Memorial Coliseum (and the millions of viewers at home) a glimpse into the future. And what could have been more futuristic, some 34 years ago, than watching a guy in a jumpsuit speeding into a stadium by way of a jetpack?
That guy — Bill Suitor — was a rocket belt test pilot at Bell Aerosystems. As spectacular as it was to see him soar into the Coliseum with two tanks of hydrogen peroxide strapped to his bac