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  • Olympic rings drop a shower of sparks during the Opening Ceremony for the 2012 London Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
  • US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife Ann wave during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium July 27, 2012 in London. (TOBY MELVILLE/AFP/GettyImages)
  • Members of the Britain's delegation parade during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games on July 27, 2012 at the Olympic Stadium in London. (Cameron Spencer/AFP/GettyImages)
  • Athletes stand during the speeches during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games on July 27, 2012 at the Olympic stadium in London. (BEN STANSALL/AFP/GettyImages)
  • United States of America shot putter and UGA grad Reese Hoffa walks in the parade of athletes during the opening ceremony for the 2012 London Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium. (Robert Deutsch-USA Today Sports)
  • Muhammad Ali (left) is assisted by wife Lonnie Ali during the Opening Ceremony for the 2012 London Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
  • Britain's flagbearer Chris Hoy leads his delegation as they parade during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games on July 27, 2012 at the Olympic Stadium in London. (Cameron Spencer/AFP/GettyImages)
  • United States flagbearer Mariel Zagunis leads her delegation into the stadium during the Opening Ceremony for the 2012 London Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium. (Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports)
  • United States of America hurdler Lolo Jones walks in the parade of athletes during the opening ceremony for the 2012 London Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium. (Robert Deutsch-USA Today Sports)
  • British spectators cheer as they attend the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games on July 27, 2012 at the Olympic stadium in London. (FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/GettyImages)
  • Fireworks go off over the Olympic stadium at the end of the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games on July 28, 2012 in London. (THOMAS COEX/AFP/GettyImages)
  • The Olympic flame is seen in the stadium during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games on July 27, 2012 at the Olympic stadium in London. (KAI PFAFFENBACH/AFP/GettyImages)
  • Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (C) gives her speech during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games on July 27, 2012 at the Olympic stadium in London. (KAI PFAFFENBACH/AFP/GettyImages)
  • The Olympic flame is being lit inside the stadium during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games on July 27, 2012 at the Olympic stadium in London. (FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/GettyImages)
  • Ex-Beatle Sir Paul McCartney performs during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games on July 27, 2012 at the Olympic stadium in London. (Cameron Spencer/AFP/GettyImages)
  • Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games on July 27, 2012 at the Olympic stadium in London. (THOMAS COEX/AFP/GettyImages)
  • Young athletes carry the Olympic Flame during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in London on July 27, 2012. (FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/GettyImages)
  • Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Samantha Cameron and Prime Minister David Cameron during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
  • US First Lady Michelle Obama watches during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
  • Lines from Shakespere recited by Kenneth Branagh during the opening ceremony for the 2012 London Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium. (Robert Deutsch-USA Today Sports)
  • Performers herd sheep during the opening ceremony for the 2012 London Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium. (Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports)
  • British actor Rowan Atkinson in his role as Mr Bean takes part in the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
  • Independent Olympic Athletes during the opening ceremony for the 2012 London Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium. (Robert Deutsch-USA Today Sports)
  • Actors dressed to resemble Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and James Bond parachute into the stadium during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in London on July 27, 2012. (OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/GettyImages)
  • Fireworks go off over the Olympic stadium at the end of the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games on July 28, 2012 in London. (THOMAS COEX/AFP/GettyImages)
  • General view of scene portraying the industrial revolution during the opening ceremony for the 2012 London Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium. (Andrew P. Scott-USA TODAY Sports)
  • Flying Mary Poppins perform during the opening ceremony for the 2012 London Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)
  • Children perform on illuminated beds during the opening ceremony for the 2012 London Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)
  • The Olympic Stadium is illuminated during the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games on July 28, 2012 in London, England. Athletes, heads of state and dignitaries from around the world have gathered in the Olympic Stadium for the opening ceremony of the 30th Olympiad. London plays host to the 2012 Olympic Games which will see 26 sports contested by 10,500 athletes over 17 days of competition. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
  • A giant Voldemort towers over the stage as a television camera operator is suspended by a cable by a during the opening ceremony for the 2012 London Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium. (Andrew P. Scott-USA TODAY Sports)
  • Performers dance during the opening ceremony for the 2012 London Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium. (Robert Deutsch-USA Today Sports)
  • Drummers raise their sticks during the opening ceremony for the 2012 London Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium. (Robert Deutsch-USA Today Sports)
  • Performers dance as British music spanning the decades is played during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
  • A projection showing a love story during the Opening Ceremony for the 2012 London Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium. (Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports)
    
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