As far as most people are concerned, the 2012 London Olympics officially begin on Friday with the highly-anticipated Opening Ceremony helmed by Oscar-winner Danny Boyle. That some of the events have already taken place (including a thrilling comeback by the U.S. women's soccer team) won't detract from the "Isles Of Wonder"spectacle unfolding at the Olympic Stadium in London.
With its elaborate -- and somewhat still secret -- production, the 2012 Opening Ceremony will aim to produce moments as memorable as Muhammad Ali's inspiring torch lighting in Atlanta and the breathtaking long-range, pyrotechnic archery of Barcelona.
Stay tuned for live updates, commentary, images and video from the real-time rendition of the spectacle in London all the way through the televised version that airs later on NBC in the United States.
For those waiting for the stateside primetime broadcast, be warned there will be spoilers below.
07/28/2012 12:00 AM EDT
And That's A Wrap
Not one but TWICE, the Olympics Opening Ceremony has come and gone. Wow. What was your favorite part? Paul McCartney? Bond and the Queen? The Parade Of Nations?
07/27/2012 11:51 PM EDT
PHOTOS: Hey Jude!
07/27/2012 11:48 PM EDT
PHOTOS: Paul McCartney Performs
07/27/2012 11:46 PM EDT
07/27/2012 11:35 PM EDT
@ thegoalkeeper :
Still no mention by NBC of the fact that David Beckham plays in a league for which it owns broadcast rights.
07/27/2012 11:34 PM EDT
Beckham On A Boat
David Beckham arrives on a boat, like a boss, to pass along the Olympic flame to Sir Redgrave, who carries the torch into the Olympic Stadium. The cauldron will be lit shortly.
07/27/2012 11:31 PM EDT
@ TVGuide :
With a few words from the Queen (and a bunch of fireworks) the London games are now open #openingceremony
07/27/2012 11:30 PM EDT
Coe is former Olympian with four medals (two gold, two silver on his resume). He would later become a member of Parliament.
07/27/2012 11:30 PM EDT
PHOTO: MUHAMMAD ALI MAKES AN APPEARANCE
07/27/2012 11:28 PM EDT
Without the most natural delivery Sebastian Coe delivers a solid speech. He's pretty psyched about how this is going down.
"I have never been so proud to be British."
It certainly seems like that's what Danny Boyle is going for tonight. He got Coe.
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