The opening ceremony has been a part of the modern Olympics since the first games in 1896. For the host nation, it's an opportunity to show the world their history and culture through artistic display. In recent years, the ceremony has become a massive production, with China reportedly spending upwards of 100 Million dollars in 2008.
However, some of the best moments haven't cost a thing. Watch our favorite awe-inspiring moments and let us know yours.
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