I was impressed with the Olypmics opening ceremony, but as various facts emerge, it does bring down the wow factor.
Did you know the little girl who sang the song, was not the voice behind it? It looks like the girl who sang it was not "the image" they wanted to project. I think both the kids were cute, but why should a child be made to lip sync for someone else?
Some of the fireworks in the sky (like footprints) were computer graphics. They were set up earlier and then captured to avoid risk from filming from an helicopter , which is fine I think, as the mere explanation of what they did seems so complicated.
I also read an article about soldiers who were manning the scroll having to wear diapers as there were underground below the scroll for several hours. For all this innovation, I am disappointed that they couldn't they have organized something else :)
And you might have heard that they are bringing in volunteers for the empty stands in many stadiums, though the claim is that the events are sold out.
Also the gymnasts may be under the age of 16 which is a requirement for Olympic gymnasts. The age is different for different sports.
I also find the bug catcher in some arenas and lifeguards in the pool really amusing. If I had an issue in the pool with all these swimmers and divers around, wouldn't the lifeguard be redundant :)
On another note, don't forget to watch Natalie du Toit on the 20th in 10Km Swimming. It would be great if she gets a medal, but regardless is an inspiration.