And without the 20 million or so Russians that died in WWII, I might be typing this in German right now. OK, probably not, but the war would have taken more American lives.
When it comes to opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games, Russia, despite a snafu with a balky illuminated snowflake, may have Atlanta beat. In fact, the snowflake snafu was doctored to seem like it didn’t happen when shown on Russian TV.
If you recall (and if you don’t, please watch this video or click through these photos), Atlanta’s opening ceremonies in 1996 featured pickup trucks and cheerleaders. You can see photos of the Sochi games here.
In Sochi, they went with women wielding red spears atop red motorcycle sidecars.
I quit liking monster trucks when I was 13, but I can still appreciate a woman with a weapon.
In Sochi, they lowered what looked like a colorful onion-domed village to the floor from the roof. Atlanta didn’t even have a roof! The ceremony took place in the soon-to-be destroyed Olympic Stadium (which became Turner Field).
In Atlanta, we had children dressed like Olympic rings. Russia has a volcano.
Atlanta had some nice fireworks, but they were so big in Sochi the Red Army must have been in charge.
What did Atlanta have going for it?
In Atlanta, it was summer and snow would have been impossible.
In Atlanta, we had a trembling Muhammad Ali light the giant Olympic torch. Russia had someone who tweets fake pics of the Obamas with a banana.
OK, maybe our opening ceremony was better.
What do you think?