Former Chinese gymnastics champion Li Ning ‘runs’ around the inside of the National Stadium, known as the Bird’s Nest, at the spectacular opening to the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Photo: Xinhua Former Chinese gymnastics champion Li Ning ‘runs’ around the inside of the National Stadium, known as the Bird’s Nest, at the spectacular opening to the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Photo: Xinhua
Former Chinese gymnastics champion Li Ning ‘runs’ around the inside of the National Stadium, known as the Bird’s Nest, at the spectacular opening to the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Photo: Xinhua

Tokyo Olympics: what are the greatest Olympic opening ceremonies of all time?

  • Top of the list is China’s coming-out party, Beijing 2008, a monstrous spectacle that will probably never be duplicated
  • Modern era has given us some memorable opening ceremonies and also the ever-important ‘Austerity Games’, which brought the world out of the second world war

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Former Chinese gymnastics champion Li Ning ‘runs’ around the inside of the National Stadium, known as the Bird’s Nest, at the spectacular opening to the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Photo: Xinhua Former Chinese gymnastics champion Li Ning ‘runs’ around the inside of the National Stadium, known as the Bird’s Nest, at the spectacular opening to the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Photo: Xinhua
Former Chinese gymnastics champion Li Ning ‘runs’ around the inside of the National Stadium, known as the Bird’s Nest, at the spectacular opening to the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Photo: Xinhua
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