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Last Updated: Thursday, 4 October 2007, 07:21 GMT 08:21 UK
Postcards from Shanghai

Vicki Keenan

Special Olympics World Summer Games 2007: Equestrian rider Vicki Keenan shows off some photos to one of her fellow-athletes.

Vicki and Victoria Wilson

Equestrian rider Vicki Keenan meets WWF star Victoria Wilson.

Muhtar Kent

President and COO of the Coca Cola Company Muhtar Kent handed over a cheque for $1million to the Special Olympics.

Timothy Shriver

Tim Shriver, the son of the Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver is the chairman of the movement.

Jackie Chan

Chinese film star Jackie Chan arrived in Shanghai ahead of the opening ceremony.

Police

Security around the stadium was very restrictive as the dignitaries arrived.

The Shanghai Stadium

Fans started arriving at Shanghai's Olympics Stadium anticipating the ceremony.

Stage

The stage in the 80,000-capacity stadium had a full symphony orchestra entertaining the crowd.

Ionutsa McLelland

Ionutsa McLelland was orphaned in Romania and now represents Great Britain at the Special Olympics.

Models

A contingent of models from the Miss China competition attended the opening ceremony.

Model

One of the Miss China models displays the Shan Zi (fans) given out to the crowd.

Sarah Anderson

Sarah Anderson from Carnoustie is participating in the bowling events at Shanghai.

Ireland fans

The loudest cheers of the evening went up for the 2003 hosts, Ireland, the Iraqi team and, of course, the Chinese team.

Fireworks

The opening ceremony opened with a spectacular burst of colourful fireworks.

Dragon

A massive golden dragon made its way through a sea of blue dancers in the centre of the stage.

President Hu Jingtao

President Hu Jingtao of China declared the Special Olympics World Summer Games open.

Tim Shriver

Tim Shriver appeared on the massive jumbo screens as he spoke to the athletes in the stadium.

Stadium

The fans walked around the stadium as the Olympics procession commenced.

Olympic Flame

The Olympic Flame of Hope will burn throughout the entire games.



SEE ALSO
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Shanghai set for opening ceremony
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Special athletes set for Shanghai
24 Sep 07 |  Disability Sport
Athletes arrive for Special Games
28 Sep 07 |  Disability Sport


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