The Winter Olympics get underway with the Opening Ceremonies, and an estimated three billion viewers will be anxiously waiting to see what Vancouver can come up with following Beijing's ceremona-palooza in 2008. Executive producer David Atkins, who also handled the opening of the Sydney Games, will only reveal that "it's not a traditional ceremony," so perhaps waving banners and native dancers will not be included: But don't count on it. It's also unlikely to include any lip-synching or fake fireworks, faux pas that put a bit of a damper on China's otherwise magnificent effort. It will be the first Opening Ceremony held in an indoor venue; the 55,000 capacity BC Place has a roof, so there could be additional opportunities for visual effects. And as usual, the Olympic community is abuzz about the lighting of the Olympic cauldron, with Wayne Gretzky seen as a popular choice among potential igniters.
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