Olympics Open With Jaw-Dropping Pyrotechnics

The summer Olympics kicked off today with a spectacular barrage of fireworks that ended with China's Li Ning, a six-time medalist, vaulting through the air on wires to take a victory lap around the rim of the massive stadium. The lavish pageant -- and a blanket of security -- dwarfed anything previously seen at an Olympic opening ceremony. The countdown to the Games was marked by 2,008 drummers pounding out the final seconds and, as the rockets were launched skyward, acrobats on wires...Full Story
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