Saturday, August 09, 2008

5 Rings to Rule Us All : The BEIJING Olympics

It was easily the most amazing, most jaw-dropping,
most awe-inspiring Olympic Opening I've ever seen,

and I'm positive that the Bosses in Beijing
wanted to underscore a very simple truth:

China will soon overtake the United States
and become the most powerful nation on Earth.

Well, they made a believer out of me.
I better take Mandarin language classes soon!

Thanks to all the National Geographic specials,
I was quite familiar with the intricate "Bird's Nest",
Beijing's magnificent Olympic Stadium;

sublime architecture:
steel and human

but nothing prepared me for the pomp and pageantry inside
that surpassed even the most extravagant Cirque du Soleil,

imperial culture:
one to rule all

combined with elegant examples of ethereal "Wire Fu"
reminiscent of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon...

shaolin magic:
rings and runner

the gigantic scroll that served as the vast tableau
depicting China's three millenia of history and influence;

from stark origins
to explosions of color

the intricate showcases of art and discipline
by thousands of artists that boggled the mind,

the perfect melding
of man and machine

and finally,
the march of the world's greatest athletes:

Manny from the Philippines, Kobe from America,
Dirk from Germany, Manu from Argentina,
and the hometown hero, Yao Ming.

literally and figuratively,
there will be fireworks at the games!

From Ancient Greece

to Modern China

across thousands of miles and through thousands of years,
the Olympics will continue to shine its light
and help humanity achieve its highest potentials.


Anonymous rEeYuH said...

right on! just amazing! though i really haven't seen other olympics opening. haha the lighting of the torch by Li Ning (?).. just WOW!

i thought of studying Mandarin too. before it's too late. haha

August 9, 2008 at 5:19 PM  
Blogger spanx said...

more info on the
"flying dragon"
who lit the torch:

Li Xiang, a household name in China, stunned the world in 1982 when he swept six out of the seven gold medals in the World Championships. At the 1984 Los Angeles Games when China participated into the global gathering after 30 years of absence, Li won three gold, two silver and one bronze medals.

In his 17-year sporting career, Li garnered 106 gold medals at various international and national events and was crowned at world championships 14 times. However, Li's ability to represent a newer, more confident nation was not confined to the pommel horse and the rings.

After a setback at the 1988 Games, Li retired and started a sporting-goods business named after himself. So far his company has had nearly 5,000 stores operating in China, trailing only giants Nike and Adidas in the domestic market.

August 9, 2008 at 5:26 PM  
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