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<p>A giant polar bear rises from the floor during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson </p>

A giant polar bear rises from the floor during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

A giant polar bear rises from the floor during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>A snowboarder flies through the olympic rings at the start of the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/David Gray </p>

A snowboarder flies through the olympic rings at the start of the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/David Gray

A snowboarder flies through the olympic rings at the start of the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/David Gray

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<p>The Alberta Ballet performs during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn</p>

The Alberta Ballet performs during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

The Alberta Ballet performs during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

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<p>Canadian hockey legend Wayne Gretzky (R) exits, as (from L-R) Canadian wheelchair athlete Rick Hansen, former Canadian speed skater Catriona Le May Doan, NBA basketball player Steve Nash of the Phoenix Suns and former Canadian alpine skier Nancy Greene watch during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games at the BC Place stadium in Vancouver, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Jim Young </p>

Canadian hockey legend Wayne Gretzky (R) exits, as (from L-R) Canadian wheelchair athlete Rick Hansen, former Canadian speed skater Catriona Le May Doan, NBA basketball player Steve Nash of the Phoenix Suns and former Canadian alpine skier Nancy...more

Canadian hockey legend Wayne Gretzky (R) exits, as (from L-R) Canadian wheelchair athlete Rick Hansen, former Canadian speed skater Catriona Le May Doan, NBA basketball player Steve Nash of the Phoenix Suns and former Canadian alpine skier Nancy Greene watch during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games at the BC Place stadium in Vancouver, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Jim Young

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<p>Fireworks explode over the permanent cauldron during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Shaun Best </p>

Fireworks explode over the permanent cauldron during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Shaun Best

Fireworks explode over the permanent cauldron during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Shaun Best

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<p>Artists perform on skis and snowboards during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson </p>

Artists perform on skis and snowboards during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Artists perform on skis and snowboards during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>Aboriginal youth of Canada form a Welcome Circle during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/David Gray </p>

Aboriginal youth of Canada form a Welcome Circle during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/David Gray

Aboriginal youth of Canada form a Welcome Circle during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/David Gray

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<p>Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez </p>

Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

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<p>Canadian hockey ledgend Wayne Gretzky lights the cauldron with the Olympic Flame during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn </p>

Canadian hockey ledgend Wayne Gretzky lights the cauldron with the Olympic Flame during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

Canadian hockey ledgend Wayne Gretzky lights the cauldron with the Olympic Flame during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

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<p>Members of the Georgia delegation wave to the audience as they arrive in the stadium during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. The Georgia delegation is wearing black armbands in memory of luger Nodar Kumaritashvili, who died in a crash during a training run. REUTERS/Jerry Lampen </p>

Members of the Georgia delegation wave to the audience as they arrive in the stadium during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. The Georgia delegation is wearing black armbands in memory of luger Nodar...more

Members of the Georgia delegation wave to the audience as they arrive in the stadium during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. The Georgia delegation is wearing black armbands in memory of luger Nodar Kumaritashvili, who died in a crash during a training run. REUTERS/Jerry Lampen

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<p>Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson </p>

Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>Mark Grimmette of the U.S. leads his delegation during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson </p>

Mark Grimmette of the U.S. leads his delegation during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Mark Grimmette of the U.S. leads his delegation during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>Canadian hockey legend Wayne Gretzky watches the fireworks after lighting the permanent cauldron during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Hans Deryk </p>

Canadian hockey legend Wayne Gretzky watches the fireworks after lighting the permanent cauldron during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Hans Deryk

Canadian hockey legend Wayne Gretzky watches the fireworks after lighting the permanent cauldron during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Hans Deryk

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<p>Fireworks light the sky over BC Place stadium during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Chris Helgren </p>

Fireworks light the sky over BC Place stadium during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Chris Helgren

Fireworks light the sky over BC Place stadium during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Chris Helgren

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<p>The Canada delegation, led by flag bearer Clara Hughes, parades around the stadium during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Mike Blake </p>

The Canada delegation, led by flag bearer Clara Hughes, parades around the stadium during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Mike Blake

The Canada delegation, led by flag bearer Clara Hughes, parades around the stadium during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Mike Blake

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<p>A performance during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Jerry Lampen </p>

A performance during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Jerry Lampen

A performance during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Jerry Lampen

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<p>Canadian wheelchair athlete Rick Hansen arrives with the Olympic torch during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn </p>

Canadian wheelchair athlete Rick Hansen arrives with the Olympic torch during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

Canadian wheelchair athlete Rick Hansen arrives with the Olympic torch during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

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<p>The Olympic flame burns during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/David Gray </p>

The Olympic flame burns during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/David Gray

The Olympic flame burns during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/David Gray

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<p>Nelly Furtado and Bryan Adams perform during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Jerry Lampen </p>

Nelly Furtado and Bryan Adams perform during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Jerry Lampen

Nelly Furtado and Bryan Adams perform during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Jerry Lampen

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<p>Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez </p>

Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

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<p>Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson </p>

Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>An artist performs during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn </p>

An artist performs during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

An artist performs during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

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<p>16-year-old Canadian musical prodigy Nikki Yanofsky sings the Canadian national anthem during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/David Gray </p>

16-year-old Canadian musical prodigy Nikki Yanofsky sings the Canadian national anthem during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/David Gray

16-year-old Canadian musical prodigy Nikki Yanofsky sings the Canadian national anthem during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/David Gray

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<p>Jacques Rogge, president of the International Olympic Committee, applauds during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Jim Young </p>

Jacques Rogge, president of the International Olympic Committee, applauds during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Jim Young

Jacques Rogge, president of the International Olympic Committee, applauds during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Jim Young

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<p>A giant figure of a polar bear rises out of the floor during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez </p>

A giant figure of a polar bear rises out of the floor during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

A giant figure of a polar bear rises out of the floor during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

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<p>A dedication to the Georgian athlete Nodar Kumaritashvili, who died in a luge practice crash, is seen on a screen during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. 

REUTERS/Dylan Martinez </p>

A dedication to the Georgian athlete Nodar Kumaritashvili, who died in a luge practice crash, is seen on a screen during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

A dedication to the Georgian athlete Nodar Kumaritashvili, who died in a luge practice crash, is seen on a screen during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

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<p>Flag bearer Iason Abramashvili of Georgia carries his country's flag into the stadium during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. 


REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson </p>

Flag bearer Iason Abramashvili of Georgia carries his country's flag into the stadium during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Flag bearer Iason Abramashvili of Georgia carries his country's flag into the stadium during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>Performers ski and snowboard down a fabric mountain during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn </p>

Performers ski and snowboard down a fabric mountain during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

Performers ski and snowboard down a fabric mountain during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

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<p>A snowboarder soars through the centre ring of the Olympic Rings during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. 



REUTERS/Gary Hershorn </p>

A snowboarder soars through the centre ring of the Olympic Rings during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

A snowboarder soars through the centre ring of the Olympic Rings during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

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<p>The Canadian flag is carried in by an RCMP Honor Guard during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. 



REUTERS/Jerry Lampen</p>

The Canadian flag is carried in by an RCMP Honor Guard during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Jerry Lampen

The Canadian flag is carried in by an RCMP Honor Guard during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Jerry Lampen

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<p>Austria's Andreas Linger carries his country's flag during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Lyle Stafford </p>

Austria's Andreas Linger carries his country's flag during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Lyle Stafford

Austria's Andreas Linger carries his country's flag during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Lyle Stafford

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<p>Actor Donald Sutherland (first R) carries the Olympic flag with seven other citizens of Canada during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/David Gray </p>

Actor Donald Sutherland (first R) carries the Olympic flag with seven other citizens of Canada during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/David Gray

Actor Donald Sutherland (first R) carries the Olympic flag with seven other citizens of Canada during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/David Gray

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<p>An artist in indigenous attire performs during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. 



REUTERS/Jerry Lampen </p>

An artist in indigenous attire performs during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Jerry Lampen

An artist in indigenous attire performs during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Jerry Lampen

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<p>Canadian wheelchair athlete Rick Hansen (L), Canadian hockey legend Wayne Gretzky, former Canadian speed skater Catriona Le May Doan, NBA basketball player Steve Nash of the Phoenix Suns and former Canadian alpine skier Nancy Greene hold their Olympic torches during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Jim Young </p>

Canadian wheelchair athlete Rick Hansen (L), Canadian hockey legend Wayne Gretzky, former Canadian speed skater Catriona Le May Doan, NBA basketball player Steve Nash of the Phoenix Suns and former Canadian alpine skier Nancy Greene hold their...more

Canadian wheelchair athlete Rick Hansen (L), Canadian hockey legend Wayne Gretzky, former Canadian speed skater Catriona Le May Doan, NBA basketball player Steve Nash of the Phoenix Suns and former Canadian alpine skier Nancy Greene hold their Olympic torches during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Jim Young

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<p>Fireworks light up the sky during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Scott Audette </p>

Fireworks light up the sky during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Scott Audette

Fireworks light up the sky during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Scott Audette

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<p>Flag bearer Tomomi Okazaki of Japan carries her country's flag during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson </p>

Flag bearer Tomomi Okazaki of Japan carries her country's flag during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Flag bearer Tomomi Okazaki of Japan carries her country's flag during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>Flag bearer Andre Lange of Germany leads his country's delegation into the stadium during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Jerry Lampen </p>

Flag bearer Andre Lange of Germany leads his country's delegation into the stadium during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Jerry Lampen

Flag bearer Andre Lange of Germany leads his country's delegation into the stadium during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Jerry Lampen

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<p>Canadian singer K.D. Lang sings during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Jerry Lampen </p>

Canadian singer K.D. Lang sings during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Jerry Lampen

Canadian singer K.D. Lang sings during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Jerry Lampen

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<p>Flag bearer Han Jialiang of China carries his country's flag as he leads their contingent during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. 


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Flag bearer Han Jialiang of China carries his country's flag as he leads their contingent during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/David Gray

Flag bearer Han Jialiang of China carries his country's flag as he leads their contingent during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/David Gray

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<p>Dancers perform around a giant bear sculpture during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Jerry Lampen </p>

Dancers perform around a giant bear sculpture during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Jerry Lampen

Dancers perform around a giant bear sculpture during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Jerry Lampen

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<p>A Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Honour Guard carries the Canadian flag into the stadium during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. 



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A Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Honour Guard carries the Canadian flag into the stadium during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

A Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Honour Guard carries the Canadian flag into the stadium during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

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<p>Former Canadian speed skater Catriona LeMay Doan carries the Olympic torch during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Jerry Lampen </p>

Former Canadian speed skater Catriona LeMay Doan carries the Olympic torch during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Jerry Lampen

Former Canadian speed skater Catriona LeMay Doan carries the Olympic torch during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Jerry Lampen

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<p>Flag bearer Ri Song Choi of North Korea leads his country's contingent during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/David Gray </p>

Flag bearer Ri Song Choi of North Korea leads his country's contingent during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/David Gray

Flag bearer Ri Song Choi of North Korea leads his country's contingent during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/David Gray

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<p>Fireworks light up the night sky during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Scott Audette </p>

Fireworks light up the night sky during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Scott Audette

Fireworks light up the night sky during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Scott Audette

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<p>Bermuda's Tucker Murphy leads his delegation during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Lyle Stafford </p>

Bermuda's Tucker Murphy leads his delegation during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Lyle Stafford

Bermuda's Tucker Murphy leads his delegation during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Lyle Stafford

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<p>A Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Honour Guard stand beneath the Canadian flag during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Lyle Stafford </p>

A Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Honour Guard stand beneath the Canadian flag during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Lyle Stafford

A Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Honour Guard stand beneath the Canadian flag during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Lyle Stafford

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<p>Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson </p>

Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>Canadian fan David Scott waits for the start of the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Mark Blinch </p>

Canadian fan David Scott waits for the start of the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

Canadian fan David Scott waits for the start of the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

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<p>Canadian hockey legend Wayne Gretzky lights the permanent cauldron during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Hans Deryk </p>

Canadian hockey legend Wayne Gretzky lights the permanent cauldron during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Hans Deryk

Canadian hockey legend Wayne Gretzky lights the permanent cauldron during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Hans Deryk

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<p>Fireworks explode over the city during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Todd Korol </p>

Fireworks explode over the city during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Todd Korol

Fireworks explode over the city during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Todd Korol

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