Get inspired now! Normal text size Larger text size Very large text size. The ceremony concluded with a breathtaking fireworks display. Then actors, suspended on cables, started rising out of the crowd and ran towards the globe, carrying glowing sticks meant to simulate the Olympic torch. The shotput event was held in ancient Olympia, site of the ancient Olympic Games (that is the very first time women athletes competed in Ancient Olympia), while the archery competition was held in the Panathinaiko Stadium, in which the 1896 games were held. During the Parade of Nations, Dutchman DJ Tiësto provided the music, becoming the first DJ ever to spin live at the Olympics. It is lead by two drummers, one inside the stadium, and one projected on the stadium screen from the ancient stadium of Olympia, the locale of the Olympic games of antiquity. This last part represents the ceremony coming into full circle: the "Clepsydra" segment began with the image of the Minoan fertility goddess and is now ending with a pregnant woman representing the future of all humanity and history. Based on the same model as for Sydney 2000, this official report consisted of a box set of two printed volumes (Homecoming of the Games - organisation and operations; The Games) and a multimedia set, which offered two bilingual CD-ROMs containing the results, and a DVD of the film “Behind the scenes of the Athens 2004 Opening and Closing Ceremonies”. During the Parade of Nations portion of the 2004 Summer Olympics opening … The runner ended his run at the very center of the stadium, where the olive tree from the artistic section has appeared, symbolizing the Modern Olympic Games journey around the world, and coming back home to Athens. The opening ceremony was held on August 13, 2004 at the Olympic Stadium in Maroussi, Greece. We are ready." FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2004, file photo, the Olympic Rings are shown in flames in a pool of water during the Opening Ceremony of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. All the Olympiads of the Olympic Games - Opening Ceremony - Athens 2004 Olympics. However, since Greece was the host nation, they went last, sending only their flag with the weightlifter Pyrros Dimas as the flag bearer into the stadium at the beginning of the parade, and the athletes themselves at the end of it. At the end of the parade, "Eros" lowered enough to help a pregnant woman remove her outer garment. Björk performed "Oceania", later included on her album Medúlla, immediately after the Parade of Nations ended. 2004 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony … Save. The Hellenic Naval Band then walks into the stadium. Three-time Olympic gold medallist Niccolo Campriani leads three refugees on a brave journey to qualify for Tokyo 2020 in the air rifle event. 2004 / opening ceremony - athens 2004 olympic games / a piece for 2428 volunteer performers Commissioned by the Athens 2004 Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (ATHOC) Won an Emmy in 2005 for «Outstanding Lighting Direction: Robert A. Dickinson, Eleftheria Deko, Ted Wells, Andy O’ Reilly, and Theodore Tsevas) After this segment ended, the lights were dimmed, and the sound of the heartbeat accompanied by thunderous cheers and applause met the torch's final arrival to the Olympic Stadium. As the nations entered in Greek alphabetical order, Zimbabwe—which has usually been the penultimate nation, followed only by the host country—appeared in the middle of the parade. 1 of 12 A general view shows the festivities during the opening ceremony of the XXVIII Olympic Games 13 August 2004 in Athens. The subsequent floats then featured scenes of bull-jumping, dolphins, and other elements that harkened back to the images in the frescoes of Phaestos. Greek freestyle swimmer Zoi Dimoschaki gave the Athletes Oath on behalf of all athletes in Greek. August 14, 2004 — 10.00am. The first float featured the iconic image of Minoan civilization: that of the fertility goddess clad in a bodice exposing her breasts and clutching serpents in both hands. The pageantry following the statues and the introduction of Eros continued to portray scenes that showed the sequence of Greek civilisation through its art. Important guests like U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair, Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, Crown Prince Haakon of Norway (who lit the Cauldron for the 1994 Winter Olympics), and Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, (among others) each stood and applauded the teams from their countries. Before the torch came into the stadium, three rings arose from the center of the stadium that simulated a globe. Relive the greatest Olympic Moments and watch the Opening Ceremony from Athens 2004 today on the Olympic Channel. Athens 2004 Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony Centred on a 26 meter tall plane tree in the middle of the stadium symbolising life and drawing on elements and themes from classic Greek history and mythology as well as contemporary ideas, the ceremony started with Vicky Leandros singing the Greek national Anthem. This Cycladic head also represents one of the first attempts of humanity to understand itself. Angelopoulos-Daskalaki was followed by the President of the International Olympic Committee Jacques Rogge, who delivered a speech encouraging participating athletes to resist the urge to use banned performance-enhancing substances and "show us that sport unites by overriding national, political, religious, and language barriers". Then the Olympic flag was raised while the Olympic Hymn was conducted by John Psathas.[5]. The teams from Palestine and Serbia and Montenegro were also very warmly welcomed. The entrance of the torch on the stadium was surrounded by the "Le Roi Lear Fanfarre", by Claude Debussy; and the cauldron was lighted by the final part of "Pirogov Suite", an epic suite by Dmitri Shostakovich. 1. Olympic State of Mind is a short video series that guide viewers through each stage of an athlete’s mental journey, providing tangible tips and centres viewers around the three key pillars of Olympic State of Mind - Motivation, Mindfulness and Visualisation. The confluence of the past and the present is another main theme of the opening ceremony. On the globe, the names of the cities which the torch visited were projected, and this segment ended with all the torchbearers floating mid-air coming together at the globe. Please select below. The music played during the "Clepsydra" segment highlighting Greek history and mythology was composed by Konstantinos Bita. It marked the first-ever international broadcast of high-definition television, undertaken by the U.S. broadcaster NBCand the Japanes… TM © Olympic Channel Services S.L. 400 percussionists perform the zeimbekiko before walking around the stadium ground. After introducing the founders of the Modern Olympic Games, Pierre de Coubertin and Demetrios Vikelas and the first games in 1896, runner George Sabanis carries a flag with an image of an olive branch symbolizing not only peace but Athens itself, lapped around the stadium, symbolically crossing tape dedicated to the previous 27 Olympiads. The Athens 2004 Paralympics Opening Ceremonyhonoured Paralympic athletes by calling upon the energy of universal elements and drawing upon the strength for life. Athens 2004 Opening Ceremony - Life - VangelisLike. Humanity's attempt to understand itself, a theme that has been omnipresent throughout the entire ceremony beginning with the Cycladic head, is further reinforced by the representation of the DNA double helix, which symbolizes humanity's latest and most recent attempt to understand itself: the late 20th and early 21st centuries witnessed great advances in the field of genetics with the mapping of the human genome. Many TV channels covered live broadcasting from different countries, so that fans and supporters cloud watch on time. …prepare Athens to host the 2004 Olympic Games. Log in, register or subscribe to save articles for later. With one episode released monthly, the series offers unique access to the lives and challenges in the world of women’s elite skiing. Mr Psathas was engaged in 2003 to compose and arrange music for the Games’ opening and closing ceremonies. Famous Greek artists such as Stavros Xarhakos (whose song "Zeimbekiko" was played), Manos Hadjidakis, Mikis Theodorakis and Konstantinos Bita, were included in the Olympic soundtrack. View striking Olympic Videos of Athens 2004/Opening Ceremony - see the best athletes, medal-winning performances and top Olympic Games moments. Holding a marble sculpture head, the woman seems to be entering into a dream. Finally, all the characters of the parade began to walk inside the pool, around its center, mixing the past and the present in a single marching beat of the drums. A video from the International Space Station with two astronauts one from Russia and the other from the United States, then played welcoming the athletes and stressing the importance for human collaboration between countries for peace. 16-year-old Navajo boxer Mariah Bahe is fighting against all odds to become the first female Native American Olympic boxer. In order to prepare for the entry of the athletes to the stadium, the giant pool of water that had been constructed on the floor of the stadium had to first be drained. The Band then performs the Presidential fanfare, where President of the Hellenic Republic Konstantinos Stephanopoulos then also arrives on the stadium floor. The opening ceremony began with a 28-second countdown—one second per Olympics held since Athens last hosted the first modern games, paced by the sounds of an amplified heartbeat. Athens 2004 Summer Olympics. A behind the scenes look at home life and the story to this point in their careers. Follow France’s elite female speed skiing team as they compete on the Alpine Ski World Cup circuit and deal with the challenges of a season held during the Covid-19 pandemic. [2] Countries such as the United States and Switzerland, which are usually at the rear of the pack, got granted earlier entries as well due to their position in the Greek alphabet. 2,162,000 liters of water were drained from the stadium in a time period of three minutes, providing a dry, hard surface for the athletes to march and gather on.[1]. The opening ceremony of the 2004 Summer Olympics was held on August 13, 2004 starting at 20:45 EEST (UTC+3) at the Olympic Stadium in Marousi, Greece, a suburb of Athens. Meet the inspiring athletes who are redefining what it means to have the perfect body. At the end of this sequence, a cube arises from the water, and a man starts slowly balancing himself on the rotating cube while representations of human kind's greatest achievements, contrasted to humanistic representations and images of men, women, and children of various ethnicities and ages, are projected onto the pieces of broken sculpture, which seem to be floating above the water. She also stated the people of Greece "have waited long for this moment," alluding to the long time period between the first modern Olympic Games in Greece and the 2004 Games. Olympic Ceremony Records italics indicate records at the time. The torch was finally passed to the 1996 Olympic sailing champion Nikolaos Kaklamanakis, who lit a giant tapered column resembling the Olympic torch — not, as usual, a cauldron — to burn during the duration of the 2004 Summer Olympics. If succeeded by covering all athletes, it would be a call back to the flags covering all athletes in the Olympic opening ceremonies of 1992 and 2000. A loud cheer was also given for Djibouti, because it had only one person enter the stadium. China is a country that combines a long history with rapid development through dynamic economic policy. Meet the athletes that are going to have the world shouting their name in Tokyo. Opening and Closing Ceremonies of Olympic Games Athens 2004 THE OPENING CEREMONY The widely praised Opening Ceremony by avant garde choreographer Dimitris Papaioannou held on August 13, 2004 began with a twenty eight (the number of the Olympiads up to then) second countdown paced by the sounds of an amplified heartbeat. The ceremony was a source of major acclaim amongst international press[6] and featured never before seen technologies used in a stadium, including a giant pool with slip-proof iridescent fiberglass flooring that drained its water in three minutes,[7] beautiful and innovative lighting, and an ingenious staging system utilizing a complex network of automated cables that lifted, maneuvered, and choreographed the floating pieces of sculpture to follow the music and narrative of the opening ceremony. SoundCloud. Opening Ceremony Javascript must be enabled for the correct page display BIRTHPLACE / the Opening Ceremony of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games conceived, visualised and directed by DIMITRIS PAPAIOANNOU. The world’s top surfers compete for an Olympic qualification spot at the ISA World Surfing Games. - Prehistoric: Minoan and Theran 2. and "Greece is standing before you. For the Summer Olympics, a recognition has appeared in the 1992 opening ceremony in Barcelona, 1996 opening ceremony in Atlanta and a reduced version at the 2012 opening ceremony in London. The most prestigious engagement of his career to date, he joins the ranks of well-known composers, such as John Williams, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Leonard Bernstein and Mikis Theodorakis who have also written music for the Olympics. The comet symbolizes the fire of the ancients giving life to the modern Olympic movement, thus bridging the past and the present together. Past world leaders, including U.S. President George H. W. Bush, also attended and applauded their national teams during the parade, in which DJ Tiësto played trance music. The President of the Athens Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (ATHOC), Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki, and President of the International Olympic Committee Jacques Rogge walk onto the stadium floor. "Allegory" introduced the main conceptual themes and ideals that are going to be omnipresent throughout the entire opening ceremony, such as the confluence of the past and present, love and passion as the progenitors of history, and humanity's attempt to understand itself. Langsam. With Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki, Jan Peter Balkenende, Cherie Blair, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi. The segments that followed were divided in two main parts. What did you think of the opening ceremony in Athens in 2004? Serbia and Montenegro appeared at the Olympics under the nation's new name for the first and only time since the country was officially renamed in 2003, and prior to the union's dissolution in 2006; it had previously been known as Yugoslavia. At the music's climax, all the characters stopped and raised their arms as if worshipping the Tree, which was high above, surrounded also by the fragments of the deconstructed statues who resembled a mount. On both. The centaur then walks about and then throws a spear of light into the center of the stadium, from which a giant statue that exemplified Cycladic art (and thus one of the first depictions of the human form in Greek art) emerged. Watch the spectacular Opening Ceremony of the Athens Summer Olympic Games in 2004 once more and remember the greatest moments She told the athletes: "Welcome home!" Find the perfect athens opening ceremony olympics 2004 stock photo. In a sport science lab, the physiques and unique body characteristics of Olympic athletes are analysed to reveal what makes them so special. Huge collection, amazing choice, 100+ million high quality, affordable RF and RM images. Stream Athens 2004 Opening Ceremony - Klepsydra by Ignacio Farías from desktop or your mobile device. This segment preceding the torch's arrival honored the first global torch relay that was begun in Athens. While she sang, her dress slowly covered the athletes with a white sheet. Typically, Greece leads the Parade of Nations in any Olympics, with the host nation entering the stadium last. Two short speeches were delivered in front of the olive tree, a traditional Greek and Olympic symbol. Before the Games’ opening ceremony, some 17 miles (27 km) of track and 28 stations were added to the metropolitan transit… Opening Ceremony of the 2004 Olympics in Athens. At the end of the countdown, fireworks are then set off. In the liner notes, he noted the IOC requested to him that the music not contain any lyrics as they could be inadvertently misinterpreted. The young couple along with Eros symbolize the fact that the humanity which create and shape history is born out of love and passion. ten years on a blog celebrating our memories of the ceremony with new documentary material by ATHINA RACHEL TSANGARI — BIRTHPLACE (2004) / moments. Torch bearer Nikos Galis, considered to be the greatest Greek basketball player of all time, entered the stadium first. The opening ceremony of the 2004 Summer Olympic Games was held on August 13, 2004 at the Olympic Stadium in Maroussi , Greece , a suburb of Athens . In the Winter Olympics, there has been a recognition in 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, where banners of the previous 18 Winter Olympics entered Rice-Eccles Stadium at the beginning of the ceremony, and the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. 72,000 spectators (with nearly 50 world leaders) attended the event, with approximately 15,000 athletes from 202 countries participating in the ceremony as well. During the "Allegory" segment highlighting the conceptual and themes and ideals of the opening ceremony, the chosen music was Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. A blazing comet, seemingly coming from the ancient stadium of Olympia on the screen, lands on the flooded stadium drawing with its fire the Olympic Rings. During the course of his performance the Dutch athletes started dancing in front of the DJ booth and had to be moved on by officials. His music includes a number of specially composed fanfares and processionals to accompany the arrival of the IOC President, the lighting of the Olympic cauldron and to precede the Olympic oaths, and he is responsible for the soundtrack to the entire ‘flame sequence’ of the ceremony. The scenes then proceeded to the more stark art of the Mycenean civilisation, followed by representations of the Classical period. The whole music project was arranged by composer George Koumendakis, who had worked in the past several times with Papaioannou and was assisted in this project by Maria Metaxaki. According to Greek myth, the stars of the galaxy were born out of the milk of Hera's fertile breasts. My Great Olympic Moments revisits the most memorable performances in Olympic History, recalled by the iconic gold medallists themselves, describing in detail the epic moments that led to their historic achievement. St. Moritz, Switzerland, January 2020, Winter Youth Olympic Games: Skeleton, Luge, Speed Skating, and Monobob are the four disciplines that were hosted in this picturesque Alpine village. Olympians visit inspiring community sports organizations to witness the power of sport to transform lives. As Kaklamanakis ascended the steps to light the cauldron, the cauldron seemed to bow down to him, symbolizing that despite advance of technology, technology is still a creation and tool of humanity and that it was meant to serve humanity's needs. The music began a crescendo with choruses, when all of a sudden an olive tree was lifted from the center of the pool—symbolizing goddess Athena's preferred gift by the Greeks—land and food—over Poseidon's gift, the horse—a tool of warfare. The "Allegory" segment began with a recitation of a verse from Nobel Prize-winning Greek poet George Seferis' poem "Mythistorema 3." The fireworks at the Games’ closing ceremony on 29 August will also feature music by the composer. [3] The nation of Kiribati made its debut Olympic appearance at the 2004 Summer Olympics, and East Timor marched under its own flag for the first time. A chariot carrying an actor portraying Alexander the Great introduced images from the Hellenistic period, which in turn were followed by representations of Byzantine art, the Greek War of Independence, and lastly of 20th century elements of Greek culture, such as the popular shadow-theatre figure Karagiozis, who is said to be a humorous and self-deprecating depiction (and parody) of Greek mentality. The three presidents meet the young boy, before Hymn to Liberty, the Greek national anthem was performed a cappella with the raising of the Greek Flag. Although the live broadcast of the Ceremony coincided with the middle of the night in some parts of the world, around 10 million Chinese and eight million Japanese citizens enjoyed the event. 3:09. The lovers then lie down in the water, and both fall into a dream state. Both songs were adapted by John Psathas. The inspiring journey of five transgender athletes and how sport helped them find their true identity. Rogge then introduced the President of the Hellenic Republic Konstantinos Stephanopoulos, who declared the games officially open in Greek by saying, "I declare open the Olympic Games of Athens...and the celebration of the 28th Olympiad of the modern era. Throughout the rest of the scenes from history and mythology, Eros flew over the parade, occasionally touching or stepping on the floats moving beneath him, thus reinforcing the theme of love and passion as the source for all history. While not officially part of the Olympic protocol, there has been a recognition of past host cities at some Opening Ceremonies. The scenes started with the Minoan civilisation. According to Dimitris Papaioannou, the event "was a pageant of traditional Greek culture and history harkening back to its mythological beginnings, and viewed through the progression of Greek art.". 3 in D Minor: 6. The first speech came from Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki, the President of the Athens Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (ATHOC), and the first female chief organizer of an Olympic Games. 2021 - All rights reserved. ceremony tv broadcast ATHENS OLYMPIC BROADCASTING This documentary video was first presented at the exhibition “A Greek Ceremony: Exhibition of Costumes and Objects from the Opening Ceremony of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games” at the Beijing Capital Museum, between 20 May and 6 July 2008, as part of the Cultural Year of Greece in China. However, technical complications with the sheet meant that the sheet didn't reach all the athletes. 1 of 12 The majestic Olympic Stadium is a sea of camera flashes as the opening ceremony begins in front of an expectant crowd. With the use of lasers, geometrical shapes and other scientific images (such as a stylistic representation of the solar system) were displayed on the figure's face. Witty, fun and all things sport. The torch was passed on, in sequential order, to Greek football legend Mimis Domazos, 1992 Hurdles champion Voula Patoulidou, 1996 Olympic weightlifting champion Kakhi Kakhiashvili, and 1996 Olympic gymnastics champion Ioannis Melissanidis.

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