Saturday, September 6, 2008

The Other Opening Ceremony

NBC didn't broadcast it, but you can check out the opening ceremony of Paralympics Game online here. It's smaller in scale, but equally spectacular, and in parts warm and moving. Twelve-year-old ballet student Li Yue, who lost her left leg in the devastating Sichuan earthquake earlier this year, captivated the crowd, dancing from her wheelchair.

The best part of watching an online stream is that you can skip forward the parts about lengthy athlete entering procession and official speech. You won't be bothered by CCTV's cheesy line or NBC's overbearing interpretation either. And you can watch as many times as possible.

Do watch the lighting of the torch at the end. It's uplifting idea and fits para game perfectly.

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  1. I'm still confused by the teletubbies knock-offs at the beginning. Kinda frightening.

  2. I'm in the same boat.
    It was to reflect the colors of the logo, and suppose to be a welcoming gesture. Ha!