Beijing Olympics, Revisited

Drummers suspended over hundreds of dancers at the 2008 Olympic Closing Ceremony in Beijing

As I mentioned when I returned from covering the Beijing Olympic Games six years ago, a heavy workload coupled with the Great Firewall that kept WordPress at a distance prevented me from blogging at all from the Chinese capital. With today marking the sixth anniversary of the Games’ official close, I decided that a few shots from the Closing Ceremonies would be fitting for today’s Pics du Jour, the 224th (!!) straight since the daily chore was re-inaugurated.

It was an excellent show, with these three shots of drummers suspended high above the surface at the Bird’s Nest Stadium, typical of the festivities.

Drummers suspended over hundreds of dancers at the 2008 Olympic Closing Ceremony in Beijing
Drummers at the 2008 Olympic Closing Ceremony in Beijing
Fireworks over the Bird's Nest stadium at the 2008 Olympic Closing Ceremony in Beijing
Fireworks over the Bird’s Nest stadium at the 2008 Olympic Closing Ceremony in Beijing

But since I’m on the topic, I’ve got to say that I enjoyed the 2012 close in London much more, the best of the three Closing Ceremonies I’ve witnessed. Focused on the UK’s No 1 export –its popular music– it was a phenomenal four-hour long rock concert featuring Annie Lennox, Monty Python, a Spice Girls reunion and The Who. Here’s a post of the highlights in 22 photos.

 

 

 

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