Voices from Russia

Thursday, 30 August 2012

30 August 2012. VOR Presents… Lighting Up the Night: 2012 Paralympic Games Open in London

In London, the evening of 29 August saw the official opening of the 14th Paralympic Games, with Queen Elizabeth II (1926- ) welcoming the athletes. The opening ceremony began with a colourful performance, entitled “Enlightenment”, which spoke of the unique spirit of the Paralympic Games, a competition that pushes the borders of conventional notions of human capabilities. Then, a formal parade of the participating athletes, from 165 countries, ended the evening’s festivities.

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An overview of the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in East London on 29 August 2012.

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Queen Elizabeth II made the official announcement opening the 14th Paralympic Games.

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84-year-old athlete Margaret Maughan lit the Paralympic Torch. Maughan participated in the first-ever international Paralympic Games, which took place in Rome in 1960. She won the gold in archery.

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The Olympic Flame at the 14th Paralympic Games.

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The opening ceremony was held at the same Olympic Stadium where the 30th Summer Olympic Games had just concluded.

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 The London Paralympic Games will be the largest in the history of the competition. For 11 days, more than 4,000 athletes will compete for 503 sets of medals.

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British Prime Minister David Cameron (1966- ) and his wife Samantha Sheffield (1971- ), Prince William (1982- ) and his wife Catherine (1982- ), Princess Anne (1950- ), and London Mayor Boris Johnson (1964- ) at the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games in London.

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British actor Sir Ian McKellen (1939- ) gazes through a giant telescope at the opening Ceremony of the 14th Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in London.

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Opening Ceremony of the 14th Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in London.

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Opening Ceremony of the 14th Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in London.

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Opening Ceremony of the 14th Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in London.

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Opening Ceremony of the 14th Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in London.

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Opening Ceremony of the 14th Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in London.

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The Russian Paralympic team consists of 182 athletes, competing in 12 of the 20 categories in the games.

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Opa! The Greek Paralympic team in the parade during the opening ceremony.

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The Icelandic Paralympic team in the parade during the opening ceremony.

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The Chinese Paralympic team in the parade during the opening ceremony.

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Fireworks lighting up the sky at the end of the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Paralympic Games.

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30 August 2012

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