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How does Olympic ceremony compare?
Fireworks at the opening ceremony

The 2008 Olympics began officially in Beijing on Friday with more than 200 countries taking part in the opening ceremony, in front of a capacity crowd of around 90,000, at the Bird's Nest stadium.

Drums, a light show and a display of fireworks throughout the city heralded a spectacular opening.

It was a huge contrast with early Games but how do they compare with those of Atlanta, Sydney and Athens?

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Olympics opening ceremony begins
08 Aug 08 |  Olympics

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