How London 2012’s Olympic opening ceremony found meaning in a divided nation

How London 2012’s Olympic opening ceremony found meaning in a divided nation

How London 2012’s Olympic opening ceremony found meaning in a divided nation The intoxicating mood that surrounded London’s prelude to the Games is far removed from Tokyo’s ‘sobering’ reaity The Olympic opening ceremony in Japan today will be “sobering,” according to a senior advisor to the Tokyo Games. Covid-19 has put a dampener on the excitement that usually accompanies the quadrennial festival of sport. It is in stark contrast to the intoxicating mood that surrounded London’s prelude to the Games nine years ago. Danny Boyle’s Isles of Wonder show seemed to capture the essence of a nation. The rest of the planet looked on approvingly. “Britain presented itself to the world as something it has often struggled to express even to itself,” the New York Times said. “A nation secure in its own post-empire identity, whatever that actually is.” That sort of analysis was commonplace but fewer verdicts have aged as badly. London’s latest venture onto sport’s international stage ended this month in violence and rancour as supporters stormed Wembley for the final of Euro 2020. The trouble around the …
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